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Vista offers a “fresh look at chamber music” Dec. 3

Students perform and offer commentary on pieces by Debussy, Bliss, Mozart, and Alfred Hornoff
November 19, 2013

Morse-stage-spragueThe 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 DebussyBlissHornoff, 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 IvanyElisabeth SchaferKevin 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.


A superb concert, and the commentary was spot on. Might I suggest that your online and concert programs include the degree year and country of origin of your students? Those of us who follow the careers of YSM students would appreciate the former, and of course it is always of great interest to know where your increasingly international student body comes from.

I did experience some “stuttering” of the audio during the Mozart and Debussy; don’t know if that was a function of Comcast or your livestream.

December 3rd, 2013 | Jennifer Julier