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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs virtuoso program May 5

YBE_2013-14The Yale School of Music will present the Yale Baroque Ensemble in a program of virtuoso music of the High Baroque on Monday, May 5. The concert takes place at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall.

The performance will feature extravagant sonatas and concertos by Telemann, Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, and Geminiani. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The program opens with Telemann's Quartet in G major from Musique de Table and continues with J.S. Bach's Concerto in F minor for harpsichord and strings, BWV 1056. The first half concludes with Vivaldi's La Follia, Op. 1, No. 12, from Suonate da camera à 3.

The second half opens with two sonatas: Handel's Sonata in G minor, Op. 2, No. 5, and Geminiani's Cello Sonata IV in B-flat major from the composer's Op. 5 collection. Vivaldi's Chamber Concerto in D major, RV 94, concludes the evening.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble is a postgraduate ensemble whose members undertake a year of intensive study. This year's members are Caroline Ross, baroque oboe; Nayeon Kim and Corin Lee, baroque violins; and Jurrian van der Zanden, baroque cello. The ensemble performs with harpsichordist Elliot Figg. Robert Mealy, described by the New Yorker as “a world-class early music violinist,” is the ensemble's director.

Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). For more information, please call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit


About the Yale Baroque Ensemble

The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate ensemble dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. String players in the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785. The program is designed for modern players to develop virtuosity and fluency in various historical styles, and to allow the participants to find their own eloquent voice on baroque instruments. Through coachings and individual lessons, the participants learn to read early notation, develop a familiarity with primary source material and treatises, and become fluent with improvisation in various styles.

One of America’s leading historical string players, Robert Mealy has been praised by the Boston Globe for his “imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring.” He has performed on over fifty recordings on most major labels. In New York he is a frequent leader and soloist with the New York Collegium, ARTEK, Early Music New York, and the Clarion Society. He leads the distinguished Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and has appeared as guest concertmaster and director with the Phoenix Symphony. A devoted chamber musician, he is a member of the medieval ensemble Fortune’s Wheel, the Renaissance violin band The King’s Noyse, and the seventeenth-century ensemble Spiritus Collective. Since 2002 he has performed frequently at Yale as director of the Yale Collegium Musicum players, and he received Early Music America’s Binkley Award for outstanding teaching at Yale and Harvard in 2004. He joined the School of Music faculty in 2008.