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YSM presents complete Beethoven piano concertos in 2013–14 season

August 30, 2013

This post was updated Sep. 8 to reflect changes in programming.


The Yale School of Music will present the complete cycle of Beethoven’s concertos for piano and orchestra over four concerts in the 2013–14 season. Each concerto will be performed by a different member of the Yale faculty.

The Beethoven Concerto Project begins on September 20, when Boris Berman performs the Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major on a program that also celebrates the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

On December 11, the Horowitz Piano Series presents an evening of three concertos. Wei-Yi Yang will be the soloist in the Concerto No. 1 in C major, and Hung-Kuan Chen will play the Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s own arrangement of the Violin Concerto, with soloist Melvin Chen.

Peter Frankl will join the Philharmonia on January 24 to perform the performs the Concerto No. 4 in G major. Shinik Hahm, the Philharmonia’s conductor in residence, will conduct this performance as well as the first two in the series.

The last performance in the cycle is April 4, when Robert Blocker performs the Concerto No. 3 in C minor. This concert will be conducted by Peter Oundjian, the principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia.

As part of the Horowitz Piano Series, the December 11 concert will take place in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Memorial Hall), and tickets are required. The September, January, and April concerts take place in Woolsey Hall and are free and open to the public.