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Vista concert Dec. 3 pairs chamber music and personal commentary

Concert features chamber works by Schubert, Beethoven, Ligeti, and Mendelssohn
November 23, 2015

spraguechambergroupThe Yale School of Music presents the next concert in its Vista series on  Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 pm. The Vista series features student performances enhanced by commentary on the music.

This semester’s program features ensembles ranging from piano four-hands to wind quintet, with music by Schubert, Beethoven, Ligeti, and Mendelssohn. The concert is free and will also stream live online.

The concert will open with Schubert‘s Fantasie in F minor, D. 940 for piano four-hands, performed by Eylam Keshet and Thomas Hicks. The piece, written in the last year of Schubert’s life, was dedicated to his pupil, Karoline Esterházy, with whom he was in (unrequited) love.

Next on the program is Beethoven‘s String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, performed by Ethan Hoppe and Sophia Mockler, violin; Joshua Newburger, viola; and Eric Adamshick, cello. This work, published in 1808, was the last of three quartets commissioned by Prince Andrey Razumovsky of Russia.

chamber_musicAfter intermission, the program will continue with Ligeti‘s Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, performed by Felice Doynov, flute; Lydia Consilvio, oboe; Bixby Kennedy, clarinet; Cornelia Sommer, bassoon; and Cody Halquist, horn. The Six Bagatelles were originally composed as Twelve Bagatelles for piano. Ligeti later transcribed six of the short pieces for Wind Quintet. The piece has quickly become part of the beloved repertoire for this ensemble.

The concert will conclude with Mendelssohn‘s Piano Sextet in D major, Op. 110, written when the composer was just fifteen years old. The performers are Michael Duffet, violin; Ryan Davis and Julia Clancy, viola; Jenny Kwak, cello; Levi Jones, bass; and Sun-A Park, piano.

For a taste of the upcoming concert, here is a video of Sir Arthur Bliss’s Quintet for Oboe and Strings from a recent Vista program.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Wendy Sharp is the director of the chamber music program at YSM. The faculty coaches of the ensembles were, respectively: Boris Berman, Serena Canin, William Purvis, and Ettore Causa.