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Yale Opera performs The Marriage of Figaro at the Shubert Theater Feb. 13–15

figaro2The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music presents Mozart‘s timeless romantic comedy The Marriage of Figaro this February 13–15 at the Shubert Theater.

Ted Huffman is the stage director of this original production, and Dominique Trottein will conduct the Yale Philharmonia.

Many opera-lovers would name The Marriage of Figaro as their favorite opera. It appeals to those who love great melodies while remaining accessible through its engaging plot and memorable characters. The composer Johannes Brahms said: “In my opinion, each number in Figaro is a miracle; it is totally beyond me how anyone could create anything so perfect.” MORE

Published January 16, 2015
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Four Nations Ensemble performs at the Collection Jan. 25

FourNations-webThe Collection of Musical Instruements at the Yale School of Music presents the Four Nations Ensemble on Sunday, January 25 at 3:00 pm.

Many Baroque composers traveled throughout Europe seeking patronage, education, and for holiday. These cultural exchanges allowed composers to wear different musical hats, i.e., to be German and compose in decidedly French or Italian styles. This concert will celebrate the virtuosity of these composers, including Telemann, Leclair, Geminiani, Handel, and more. MORE

Published January 16, 2015
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The Glorious Year 1685: Arthur Haas in recital Jan. 21

Arthur HaasThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents harpsichordist Arthur Haas in a solo recital on Wednesday, January 21 at 7:30 pm.

1685 had far-reaching consequences for the history of music. Three of the most distinguished Baroque musicians and composers were born that year: Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederic Handel, and Domenico Scarlatti. This recital will celebrate these composers’ birth year with Handel’s Suite in E Major, three sonatas by Scarlatti, and Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue.

In addition, Haas will perform music written in or around 1685 by Henry Purcell, Bernardo Pasquini, and Jean-Henri D’Anglebert. These composers comprise the first half of the program, with Purcell’s Suite in G minor, Z. 661; three pieces in G minor by Pasquini; and D’Anglebert’s Transcriptions de Lully. MORE

Published January 15, 2015
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Yo-Yo Ma Performs Benefit Concert for Yale Cellos

Cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Aldo Parisot

Cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Aldo Parisot

Yale Daily News | By Stephen Lewis, Staff Reporter

Last night, internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma shared the stage with Yale faculty and students for his first performance at the University since 1987.

Ma’s performance, which took place in Woolsey Hall, was a benefit concert for the Yale School of Music cello program. Ma performed six pieces that featured Yale professor of cello Ole Akahoshi and members of the Yale Philharmonia. Yale professor of conducting Toshiyuki Shimada highlighted Ma’s role as an ambassador of classical music in addition to his legacy as a musician, adding that he thinks Ma’s return for a second performance speaks to the importance of Yale in the cello world. MORE

Published January 15, 2015
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In memoriam: Richard Rephann, 82

Richard Rephann at the Collection of Musical Instruments

Richard Rephann at the Collection of Musical Instruments

Richard Rephann, harpsichordist and director emeritus of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, died peacefully at Arden Courts Memory Care Community in Hamden, Connecticut, on 29 December 2014. A victim of Alzheimer’s disease, he was 82.

The elder son of Clarence Franklin Rephann and Thelma Louise Hamill, Richard Thaddeous Rephann was born on February 9, 1932 in Frostburg, Maryland. As a teen, he attended the Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, where he studied piano under Mieczyslaw Munz and Alexander Sklarevsky.

His long association with Yale University began in the fall of 1961, when he became a harpsichord pupil of Ralph Kirkpatrick. Following the completion of a master’s degree in 1964, he received faculty appointments as Instructor in Harpsichord Playing in the School of Music and Assistant Curator of the Collection of (Historical) Musical Instruments. In 1968, he became Director of the Collection (a post he held for 37 years), while being appointed full Professor (Adjunct) of Organology and Harpsichord Playing in the School. MORE

Published January 9, 2015
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In memoriam: Claude Frank, piano

Frank_standing06Pianist Claude Frank died Saturday, December 27 at the age of 89. He was a member of the Yale School of Music faculty from 1973 to 2006, and was named Professor Emeritus in 2007. He was also a longtime member of the faculty of the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

In his long and distinguished career as a pianist, Claude Frank appeared with the world’s foremost orchestras, at major festivals, and at its most prestigious universities. He often performed with his wife, the late pianist Lilian Kallir, and gave joint recitals with his daughter, violinist Pamela Frank. MORE

Published January 7, 2015
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Violinist David Radzynski ’12MM appointed concertmaster of Israel Philharmonic

radzynski_davidThe Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has appointed David Radzynski ’12MM as its concertmaster. Radzynski, from Columbus, Ohio, was selected following an audition that ended on Dec. 19 in Tel Aviv, Israel. He will assume his position in March 2015.

Thirty violinists were invited to compete for the position through a pre-screening process by the Orchestra. Radzynski, one of four finalists, earned the appointment after performing Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto alongside the IPO and maestro Zubin Mehta. He was announced as unanimous winner by the jury after only five minutes of deliberation.

“I am still trying to digest all that is happening,” said Radzynski. “It is such an incredible honor. I would not have succeeded if it weren’t for Ben Sayevich and the incredible support I have received.” MORE

Published January 7, 2015
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Peter Frankl plays recital of Beethoven and Schumann Jan. 14

Peter Frankl, piano

Peter Frankl, piano

The Yale School of Music’s Horowitz Piano Series presents the pianist Peter Frankl in recital on Wednesday, January 14. Frankl will play music by Beethoven and Schumann written in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Frankl will dedicate his recital to the memory of Claude Frank, who was a member of the School of Music’s piano faculty 1964–2006 and who passed away in December.

The concert opens with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major, Op. 26, written 1800–1801. Frankl will then play Schumann’s Humoreske, Op. 20, composed in 1839. Just after completing the piece, Schumann wrote to his future wife, Clara Wieck: “All week I’ve been sitting at the piano and composing and writing and laughing and crying, all at the same time. You will find this beautifully illustrated in… the great Humoreske.” MORE

Published January 6, 2015
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