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Guest conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia Apr. 5

March 11, 2013

Concert features American works of Rouse, Barber, Copland, and Adams

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with its principal guest conductor, Peter Oundjian, on Friday, April 5, 2013. The program highlights American music from the past hundred years, from Aaron Copland to John Adams. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The performance will open with Christopher Rouse’s Infernal Machine, an orchestral showpiece inspired by the vision of a sinister but awe-inspiring eternal machine in motion for no particular purpose. Next is Samuel Barber’s heartrending Adagio for Strings, a work described by Alexander J. Morin as “full of pathos and cathartic passion.”

The first half concludes with another iconic piece, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. The orchestral suite is taken from Copland’s score to the Martha Graham ballet that has enjoyed widespread popularity since its premiere in 1944.

The night will close with John Adams’s Dr. Atomic Symphony, adapated in 2007 from the opera Dr. Atomic. The opera highlights the emotional struggles of several figures in the Manhattan Project, particularly the scientists at Los Alamos preparing for the first test of an atomic bomb.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

About the Performers

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, conducted by Shinik Hahm, is one of America’s foremost music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire. Performances include an annual series of concerts in Woolsey Hall, as well as Yale Opera productions in the Schubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale has performed on numerous occasions in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Toronto-born conductor Peter Oundjian has served as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Music since 1981. Since his appointment as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony in 2004, he has been an instrumental figure in the rebirth of the Toronto classical music scene. Mr. Oundjian was educated in England, where he studied the violin with Manoug Parikian. He then attended the Royal College of Music in London, where he was awarded the Gold Medal for Most Distinguished Student and Stoutzker Prize for excellence in violin playing. He completed his violin training at the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with Ivan Galamian, Itzhak Perlman, and Dorothy DeLay. Peter Oundjian was the first violinist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, a position he held for fourteen years.


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