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Yale in New York presents Paul Hindemith: Master and Prankster

Concerts in New Haven and New York mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the former Yale professor
April 10, 2013

The critically-acclaimed Yale in New York series presents PAUL HINDEMITH: MASTER AND PRANKSTER on April 25 in New Haven and April 28 in New York. The program marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the prolific composer and former Yale professor.

The preview performance takes place Thursday, April 25 at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall.  The Yale in New York event takes place Sunday, April 28 at 7:30 pm in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.

From 1940 to 1953, the German-born Hindemith served as a member of the faculty at the Yale School of Music, helping to establish Yale as one of the leading music schools in the country, while his teaching formed a foundation for the contemporary study of music theory and composition. His students included Mitch Leigh (Man of La Mancha) and Yehudi Wyner.

Hindemith left a rich and varied legacy of almost 300 major works, many of them concert-hall staples. This program pays tribute with a program equal parts profound and whimsical, featuring Hindemith’s concert music as well as his musical jokes.

YSM faculty members Ettore Causa and Boris Berman perform Hindemith’s Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 11, No. 4. Berman joins members of the Yale Philharmonia for the Kammermusik No. 2, nicknamed “Piano Concerto” for the prominence of the piano part, under the baton of YSM alumnus Julian Pellicano ’07MM, ’09MM. Hindemith’s Die Serenaden, Op. 35 will be sung by soprano Claudia Rosenthal ’08BA, ’14MM along with members of the Philharmonia.

The Jasper String Quartet, an “impressive young ensemble” according to The New York Times, will play two rarely performed parodies for string quartet that showcase Hindemith’s less serious side: Minimax, featuring repertoire for military orchestra; and what The New York Times’ James R. Oestreich has previewed as the “sure-to-be-immortal” rendition of Hindemith’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman as Played at Sight By a Second-Rate Concert Orchestra at the Village Well at 7 o’clock in the Morning.

This is the final program of Yale in New York’s 2012–2013 season of celebrations. The New York Times has hailed the series for its “many magnificent evenings of inventive programming.”

The April 25th performance takes place at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven, and admission is free.

For the April 28th performance in New York, tickets at $15–25 are available at the Carnegie Hall box office (57th Street & 7th Avenue), online at www.carnegiehall.org, or at CarnegieCharge: 212 247-7800. Student and senior discounts are available at the box office only.

About Yale in New York 

“A fascinatingly varied series featuring faculty, students and alumni of the distinguished university.”
The New York Times

Yale in New York is the acclaimed series in which distinguished faculty members—many of them famous soloists—share the limelight with exceptional alumni and students on Carnegie Hall’s stages, capturing the intense collaboration found on every level at the Yale School of Music. The 2009-10 season showcased the classical legacy of Benny Goodman; undiscovered Prokofiev works; the Oral History of American Music project; and Penderecki conducting Penderecki. The 2010-11 season featured Sleeping Giant, Yale guitarists, the Yale Percussion Group, rarely-performed 20th century concerti grossi, and Robert Mealy’s Yale Baroque Ensemble playing experimental 17th century music. The 2011-12 season featured horn player William Purvis, a Prokofiev mini-marathon with Boris Berman, a program with early music specialist William Christie, and an extraordinary finale of music for low instruments. The series is curated by David Shifrin.