The Yale School of Music presents a performance of Mozart's Great Mass in C minor on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8 pm. Jeffrey Douma will conduct the combined forces of the Yale Choral Artists, Yale Philharmonia, and Yale Baroque Ensemble.
The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The performance will also stream live online. LIVE STREAM
Mozart left portions of his Mass in C minor incomplete; this performance will feature the version of the work completed by Harvard scholar Robert Levin. This edition uses Mozart's own sketches and related music, preserving the composer's spirit. Levin, whose completion of the Mozart Requiem has become the preferred performing version today, completed the Mass in C minor for Mozart's 250th birthday in 2006.
The Yale Philharmonia, Yale Choral Artists, and Yale Baroque Ensemble previously joined together in a highly successful all-Handel program performed in Morse Recital Hall and in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. This concert promises the same excitement of vibrant young musicians performing a masterwork of the choral repertoire.
About the Performers
Jeffrey Douma has appeared as guest conductor throughout the world with ensembles including the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Daejeon Philharmonic Choir, Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and Buenos Aires Philharmonic; and he has prepared choruses for such renowned conductors as Valery Gergiev, William Christie, Sir David Willcocks, Sir Neville Marriner, Krzysztof Penderecki, Nicholas McGegan, and Helmuth Rilling. Douma is a member of the choral conducting faculty at Yale, where he is also the director of the Yale Glee Club and Yale Choral Artists. He is currently artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut. An advocate of new music, he has premiered new works by such composers as Bright Sheng, Ned Rorem, and Dominick Argento, and serves as editor of the Yale Glee Club New Classics Choral Series, published by Boosey & Hawkes. His original compositions are published by G. Schirmer. Professor Douma earned a B.M. degree from Concordia College and holds both M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan. FACULTY PROFILE
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 Shubert 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. MORE INFO
The Yale Choral Artists is a professional choir organized by the Yale School of Music and the Yale Glee Club to enhance and enrich Yale's strong commitment to the choral arts. The choir is a project-based ensemble comprised of leading singers from around the country and is directed by School of Music faculty member Jeffrey Douma. Current members of Choral Artists perform in the ranks of such acclaimed ensembles as the Trinity Wall Street Choir, the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, Musica Sacra, the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Conspirare, and many others, and are also leading concert soloists, particularly in early music. The Yale Choral Artists made their debut in an all-Handel program led by guest conductor William Christie at Yale and at Carnegie Hall in February of 2012. The Choral Artists have since performed at the first Yale International Choral Festival, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and with the renowned Mark Morris Dance Group. MORE INFO
The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by baroque violinist Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate ensemble at the Yale School of Music dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. Using the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments’ set of new baroque instruments, members of the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785 to create idiomatic and virtuosic performances of this music. The Yale Baroque Ensemble plays on the YCMI’s collection of new baroque string instruments made by Jason Viseltear of New York City, after del Gesù, Amati, and Testore. Bows are also from the YCMI collection, made by David Hawthorne and Christopher English after seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century originals. MORE INFO