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Peter Oundjian conducts the Yale Philharmonia Apr. 1

Pianist and competition winner Sun-A Park performs Tchaikovsky concerto
March 8, 2016

Peter Oundjian

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia with conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 pm. Oundjian returns to Yale for the first time since October to conduct a program featuring two of Russia’s most celebrated composers: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Sun-A Park, a winner of the 2015 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, will be the featured soloist in Tchaikovsky‘s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor. The concerto’s memorable melodies and integrated folk tunes made it an instant success in its day, and it remains one of the most beloved piano concertos in the repertoire today.

Sun-A Park

Sun-A Park

Shostakovich‘s Symphony No. 8 in C minor came on the heels of his triumphant “Leningrad” Symphony, which served as an important piece of patriotic, morale-boosting art in the early 1940s. In 1943, with the tide of war turning, the Soviet authorities commissioned the Symphony No. 8, expecting another triumph; instead, they got what is perhaps Shostakovich’s darkest and most violent work, alluding to themes of fate, battle, and oppression.

The concert takes place at Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $10, $5 for students; there is a $3 surcharge when purchasing at the door (after 4pm in Woolsey Hall).

The event will also stream live on the School of Music’s website.