Boston Museum Trio performs French & Baroque music at the Collection Nov. 13

The Boston Museum Trio performs at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments on Sunday, November 13. The program will feature baroque music from French and German composers, including Rameau, Marais, Leclair, Buxtehude, and Bach. The concert will take place at 3 pm at the Collection (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

The members of the Boston Museum Trio are John Gibbons, harpsichord; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; and Daniel Stepner, baroque violin. Gibbons teaches harpsichord and fortepiano and directs the Bach Ensemble at the New England Conservatory. In this concert, he will play the Collection’s double-manual harpsichord made in Paris around 1740 by François Etienne Blanchet the Elder.

Jeppesen and Stepner are both graduates of the Yale School of Music. Jeppeson is the principal violist of Boston Baroque, and plays in many early music groups including the Handel and Haydn Society and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. Stepner is the first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet (in residence at Brandeis University) and artistic director of the Aston Magna Festival.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance. MORE

Published October 27, 2011
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Bach Collegium Japan performance March 26 to benefit earthquake relief in Japan

Yale Institute of Sacred Music presents Bach Collegium Japan and music director Masaaki Suzuki in Bach’s Mass in B minor

Masaaki Suzuki (photo by Marco Borggreve)

The renowned Bach Collegium Japan, conducted by its founder Masaaki Suzuki, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor at Woolsey Hall (500 College Street at Grove Street, New Haven) on Saturday, March 26 at 8pm. The Yale Institute of Sacred Music presents this concert to benefit Yale’s relief efforts for the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. All proceeds from ticket sales and donations received at the performance will be forwarded by Yale to the Red Cross for its relief work in Japan.

Bach Collegium Japan was founded in 1990 by Masaaki Suzuki with the aim of introducing Japanese audiences to period instrument performances of great works from the baroque period. Since 1995 it has acquired a formidable reputation as one of the world’s most exceptional ensembles of its kind, particularly through its acclaimed recordings of Bach’s church cantatas for the BIS label.

Music director Masaaki Suzuki is a member of the faculty of the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He and the Bach Collegium Japan are touring North America this month performing Bach’s Mass in B minor.

The March 26 benefit performance will feature Hana Blazikova and Rachel Nicholls, sopranos; Clint van der Linde, countertenor; Gerd Türk, tenor; and Peter Kooij, bass. Bach scholar Markus Rathey, an associate professor of music history at Yale, will give a pre-concert talk at 7 pm in the Presidents Room in Woolsey Hall.

Tickets to this benefit performance are $15, $8 students. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. For information about Yale’s relief efforts, please visit

Published March 22, 2011
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Markus Rathey receives Scheide Research Grant

Markus Rathey, an associate professor of music history at the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music as well as the Music Department, is the recipient of the William H. Scheide Research Grant for 2011.

The William H. Scheide Research Grant, awarded once every two years to a member of the American Bach Society, provides support for a research project on Bach or figures in his circle. The grant will enable Rathey to spend a month in Germany this summer to continue his research on Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Rathey will examine Bach’s autograph score of the oratorio in the German National Library in Berlin as well as further sources in Leipzig.

Rathey studied musicology, Protestant theology, and German philology in Bethel and Münster. He taught at the University of Mainz and the University of Leipzig and was a research fellow at the Bach-Archiv, Leipzig, before joining the Yale faculty in 2003. His research interests are music of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries, Johann Sebastian Bach, and the relationship among music, religion, and politics during the Enlightenment. Recent publications include the books Johann Rudolph Ahle (1625–1673): Lebensweg und Schaffen (Eisenach, 1999), an edition of Johann Georg Ahle’s Music Theoretical Writings (Hildesheim, 2007, 2nd edition 2008), and Kommunikation und Diskurs: Die Bürgerkapitänsmusiken Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachs (Hildesheim, 2009). He was guest editor of a volume of the German journal Musik und Kirche (2005) on church music in the United States. He has contributed numerous articles to Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, the Laaber Lexikon der Kirchenmusik, and to the handbook for the new German Hymnal (Liederkunde zum Evangelischen Gesangbuch). Professor Rathey is president of the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship and serves on the editorial board of the Bach Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Society. Ph.D., Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster.

Published January 6, 2011
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Ensemble Caprice to explore Bach and the Baroque Gypsies at the Collection of Musical Instruments

“Imaginative, even powerful, and the playing is top-flight.”
New York Times

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the renowned Ensemble Caprice in the opening concert of the season on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 3 pm. Under the artistic direction of flute and recorder virtuosi Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music. The group also includes David Jacques, baroque guitar; Elinor Frey, baroque cello; and Ziya Tabassian, percussion. Based in Montreal, the ensemble will offer a program called “Bach and the Baroque Gypsies,” exploring the possible influence on Bach of Eastern European and gypsy melodies contained in the Uhrovsa Manuscript from 1730. The group delved into similar territory on its highly regarded CD Vivaldi and the Baroque Gypsies, which was nominated for an Echo Klassik award.

Wrote the Chronicle Herald after one performance: “The playing of the musicians was expressive, the dynamics pliable as putty, the plasticity of their phrasing warm and extravagant, and their virtuosity brilliant.” MORE

Published September 20, 2010
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Benjamin Verdery, guitar, performs Bach and Albéniz alongside music of Yale faculty composers

Program includes works by Verdery and a world premiere by Ezra Laderman

verdery_hThe celebrated guitarist Benjamin Verdery will perform a Faculty Artist Recital on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The program opens with a transcription of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6 in D major and also features Albéniz’s Andalusian-inspired suite Córdoba. Verdery, whose compositions have been played by such musicians as John Williams and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, will perform two of his own works: Phillips Center, for guitar and digital delay, and Prelude and Wedding Dance. Three other composers from the School of Music are also featured, with Martin Bresnick’s Joaquin is Dreaming (2008); the world premiere of a new work by Ezra Laderman; and Ingram Marshall’s The Mentioning of Love (2008) for alto flute and guitar, with flutist Rie Schmidt.

Admission to the performance is free. The recital will be streamed live from the Yale School of Music website. MORE

Published January 13, 2010
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Ole Akahoshi and Elizabeth Parisot offer a program of Bach, Brahms, Barber, and Schnittke

akahoshi_webCellist Ole Akahoshi and pianist Elizabeth Parisot will join together in a Faculty Artist Series recital on Monday, February 1, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The program will range from the baroque to the twentieth century, beginning with a Bach work and concluding with Schnittke’s first sonata for cello and piano, written in 1978. In between are works by Brahms and Barber: Brahms’s sonata in D major, Op. 78, and – to mark the 100th anniversary of Barber’s birth – his cello sonata in C minor, Op. 6, from 1932.

This recital will be streamed live from the Yale School of Music’s media site.

Admission to the performance is free. MORE

Published January 8, 2010
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Florilegium opens the concert season at the Collection of Musical Instruments

baroque_fluteThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will open its 2009-10 concert season on Sunday, October 18 at 3 pm. The acclaimed British ensemble Florilegium will be represented by flutist Ashley Solomon and harpsichordist Terence Charlston. The program, entitled “Father, Son, and Godfather,” features music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Georg Philipp Telemann.

Tickets to the performance are $20, $15 for Yale staff and senior citizens, $10 for students. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call 203 432-4158. MORE

Published September 30, 2009
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Wei-Yi Yang performs Messiaen, Bach, and others on Horowitz Piano Series

yang_vThe Yale School of Music presents a Horowitz Piano Series recital by  pianist Wei-Yi Yang at 8:00 pm on Monday, March 30 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. Yang, acclaimed by the Dallas Morning News for his “dazzling” performance with the Yale Philharmonia in Messiaen’s Turangalila at Carnegie Hall last December, will play Bach’s French Overture (Partita) in B minor, BWV 831, as well as a collection of birdsong-inspired music for piano by Janácek, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Couperin, Liszt, and Messiaen.

tixTickets are $10-$18 / students $5. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s new website,, or call 203 432-4158.

Internationally acclaimed pianist Wei-Yi Yang has concertized on four continents. A Gold medal winner of the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Korea’s Kumho Art Hall, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Ireland’s Royal Dublin Society, and Sydney’s Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among many others. MORE

Published March 6, 2009
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Pierre Réach performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Pierre Réach, the celebrated French pianist, will perform J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations on the Horowitz Piano Series on Tuesday, January 28 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, corner of Wall St., New Haven).  Réach has twice recorded and often performed this singularly challenging and important work, and has received broad respect for his interpretations.  Tickets to the performance are only $13 to $24 (students $8).

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Yale School of Music website at or call 203 432-4158. Box office hours are Monday–Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, in the Sprague Hall lobby, 470 College Street, New Haven.
Pierre Réach
The career of pianist Pierre Réach is defined by his international performances, pedagogical activities, and organization of wide-ranging artistic events. His career began in a classic way: after brilliant studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, he was accepted in the Improvement Cycle and then studied several years with Maria Curcio in London. During this period, Pierre Réach received numerous awards: First Prize in the Olivier Messiaen International Piano Competition in Paris, a Medal in the Artur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Israel, First Prize in the Pozzoli International Competition in Milano, and Second Prizes in the Maria Canals and Jaén Competitions (Spain), as well the Casella Competition (Italy).  He became the assistant of Yvonne Loriod for several years in the CNSM in Paris. Pierre Réach has appeared, in solo recitals and with orchestras, around the world, from Japan and Korea to England and France. Since 2002 he has undertaken an annual concert tour of China.  He has played in festivals such as Nohant, Saint Riquier, Lisztomania de Chateauroux, Prades, Menton, Strasbourg, and Vaison la Romaine (France); Brescia-Bergamo, Fenice, Pomerigi Musicali, and Festival Liszt de Grottammare (Italy); and Saint Petersburg, Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai.

Published January 28, 2009
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