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Vista offers a “fresh look at chamber music” Dec. 3
The Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Tuesday, December 3 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The Vista series features student performances enhanced by commentary on the music.
This semester’s Vista concert features pieces by Debussy, Bliss, Hornoff, and Mozart for a variety of instrumentation, from strings to brass and mixed ensembles.
The performance will begin with Debussy’s String Quartet, performed by Avi Nagin, violin; Yena Lee, violin; Yuan Qi, viola; and Allan Hon, cello. The piece melds influences from the composer César Franck as well as from Javanese gamelan music. Pierre Boulez said that Debussy freed chamber music from its “rigid structure, frozen rhetoric, and rigid aesthetics.”
Next will be Sir Arthur Bliss’s Quintet for Oboe and Strings. The British composer’s work is often overshadowed by the music of his younger contemporaries William Walton and Benjamin Britten, but his work remains an important part of the British repertoire. This piece, one of three composed shortly after his marriage, is imbued with contentment and serenity; it will be performed by Matheus Garcia Souza, violin; Heewon Uhm, violin; David Mason, viola; Allan Hon, cello; and Kristin Kall, oboe.
Alfred Hornoff’s Suite for Four Trombones will be performed by Stephen Ivany, Elisabeth Schafer, Kevin Dombrowski, and Christopher Brown. All four are students of trombonist Scott Hartman.
The concert will conclude with Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, played by Barbora Kolarova, violin; Colin Brookes, viola; Christopher Hwang, cello, and Yevgeny Yontov, piano. Wendy Sharp is the director of the chamber music program at YSM.
Admission to the concert is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.