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Peter Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia in Gershwin, Barber, and more Nov. 7

Progam also features music by two Europeans who visited America, and Yale:
Elgar and Hindemith
October 31, 2014
Peter Oundjian

Peter Oundjian

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with guest conductor Peter Oundjian in concert Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The program features music from the first half of the twentieth century by Gershwin, Barber, Elgar, and Hindemith.

The concert opens with Gershwin‘s An American in Paris. Originally composed in 1928, the piece would later inspire the 1951 musical film of the same title starring Gene Kelly. Gershwin’s audience favorite is followed by the Symphonic Metamorphosis (based on themes by Carl Maria von Weber) by Paul Hindemith, a German composer who spent several years in the U.S. and was a member of the Yale School of Music faculty.

The New York Philharmonic has Leonard Bernstein’s score of the Symphonic Metamorphosis in its archive.

The second half opens with Edward Elgar‘s Introduction and Allegro, written in 1905. Elgar dedicated the piece to Samuel Sanford, who had been instrumental in having Elgar awarded an honorary doctorate of music at Yale University on June 28, 1905. (The ceremony where Elgar received his honorary degree was the first time that his Pomp and Circumstance March was played at a Commencement ceremony.)

The concert concludes with the Symphony No. 1 by American composer Samuel Barber. Written in 1936, when Barber was just 26 years old, it condenses the traditional four-movement symphony into the flow of a single-movement work.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm in Woolsey Hall, located at 500 College Street (corner of Grove Street), New Haven.

Tickets are $10 and up, $5 and up with student ID, and are available at the Sprague Hall box office, by phone at 203 432-4158, or online. Tickets purchased at the door on the night of the event are subject to a $3 surcharge. Samplers of three or more concerts are also available, offering savings off single-ticket prices.


About the Performers

As the music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2004, Peter Oundjian is one of a growing number of highly successful instrumentalists who largely abandon their chosen instrument in favor of a conducting career. Today he is among the leading Canadian conductors. On the podium his repertory has been broad, encompassing works by composers from Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Mahler to Rachmaninov, Ravel, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and the moderns. As a member of the Tokyo String Quartet he played a similarly broad range of works, including the complete quartets of Beethoven and Brahms. Oundjian’s many recordings are available from RCA, Vox, DG, EMI, and Harmonia Mundi. He is the principal guest conductor of the Yale Philharmonia. 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 Theater. 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