Tafelmusik brings House of Dreams to Yale Mar. 5

“One of the world’s top baroque orchestras.”
– Gramophone

The Yale School of Music presents Tafelmusik in the multimedia program House of Dreams on Tuesday, March 5 at 8 pm, in Morse Recital Hall.

House of Dreams is a groundbreaking and world-renowned venture into the collaboration between visual and musical arts in the time of Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, and Bach. Planned as an international project involving the Handel House Museum (London), the Palazzo Smith Mangilli-Valmarana (Venice), the Golden ABC (Delft), the Palais-Royal (Paris), and the Bach Museum and Archive (Leipzig), in conjunction with extensive historical research, House of Dreams is a performance experience that evokes the locations and exact settings, including the visual artistic masterpieces, that inspired some of the greatest baroque composers of the age.

Tafelmusik has been hailed as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” by Gramophone Magazine. In recent seasons, the orchestra made its debut at Carnegie Hall to sold-out performances that The New York Times praised for “stately, buoyant, and crisply etched playing… elegant phrasing and lithe clarity.” The Toronto-based period instrument orchestra has toured worldwide, and is the only Canadian orchestra to have held an annual international residency at the Klang und Raum Festival (Germany).

This concert is presented jointly by the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, directed by David Shifrin, and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, directed by William Purvis. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

Tickets are $25–$35, $15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

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Published February 25, 2013
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Quicksilver performs at Collection of Musical Instruments Jan. 27th

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the baroque ensemble Quicksilver on Sunday, January 27. The newly-formed group will present a program called Fantasticus: the extravagant and virtuosic chamber music of 17th-century Germany.

The stylus fantasticus was a hallmark of the 17th-century German avant-garde that emphasizes both the genius of the composer and virtuosity of the performer. Here, the program will feature the imaginative masterworks of composers such as Bertali, Rosenmüller, Schmelzer, and Biber.

Quicksilver is led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski. The group’s performers have played together in some of America’s most distinguished early music ensembles, including the King’s Noyse, Musica Pacifica, Piffaro, and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. Between them, they have appeared on well over one hundred early music recordings.

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.

The concert begins at 3 pm at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven). Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and Yale staff, and $10 for students. MORE

Published January 23, 2013
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Master class with cellist Tanya Tomkins April 21

The distinguished cellist Tanya Tomkins will give an open master class on Saturday, April 21, from 1:00 to 4:45 pm. The class takes place in Parker Hall, Room 408 in Leigh Hall (435 College Street) and is  sponsored by the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.

A member of the faculty of the American Bach Soloists Summer Academy, Tanya Tomkins has also given master classes at Juilliard, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and San Jose State University.

Tanya Tomkins returned to the United States in 1998 after living in Holland for 14 years, where she discovered that certain music sounds amazing when performed on the historic instruments for which it was composed. This discovery has informed her diverse career as soloist and chamber musician, and is reflected in her virtuoso performances on both baroque and modern cellos.

Hailed as “a cellist with a very special and unusual intensity” by NRC Handelsblad (The Netherlands), Tomkins has also been called “a performer who combines an intense dramatic fire with Apollonian poise” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Tanya is the first cellist ever to win the international Bodky Competition for Early Music Soloists.  As an active soloist and chamber recitalist, Tanya has performed to critical acclaim at Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, San Francisco Performances, and the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal, among many other venues.

Currently a principal cellist for San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque and Portland Baroque, Tanya has also performed as soloist with both orchestras.  MORE

Published April 20, 2012
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Jory Vinikour brings historical keyboards to life in Oct. 16 concert

Program features French, German harpsichords

The concert season at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments opens with a performance by harpsichordist Jory Vinikour on Sunday, October 16. Vinikour, born in the U.S. and active across Europe, will perform music by Bach, Handel, Rameau, and others on French and German harpsichords from the eighteenth century. The concert will take place at 3 pm at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

Two harpsichords from the Collection will be featured in this recital. Music by French composers will be performed on a harpsichord made in Paris around 1740 by François Etienne Blanchet the Elder. Music by Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel will be performed on a harpsichord made in Hamburg around 1760 by Johann Adolph Hass.

Vinikour will open the program with J.S. Bach’s virtuosic Toccata in D Major, BWV 912, performing on the German harpsichord. He will then play four of Domenico Scarlatti’s compact sonatas: the Sonata in D Major, K. 535; B minor, K 87; D Major, K. 119; and D minor, K. 120. The first half will close with Handel’s Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435, a set of increasingly intricate variations.

The second half of the program turns to France: On the Parisian harpsichord, Vinikour will perform a suite of pieces in F major by Louis Couperin. The concert will conclude with Rameau’s second set of Pièces de Clavecin (harpsichord pieces), written in 1724.

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.
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Published September 23, 2011
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The Pleasure Garden: Concerti from Handel’s London

Robert Mealy leads baroque orchestra in music of Handel, Festing, and Boyce

The Yale School of Music presents a program for baroque chamber orchestra called The Pleasure Garden: Concerti from Handel’s London on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street at the corner of Wall Street, New Haven).

London’s eighteenth-century “pleasure gardens” offered the chance to enjoy music along with food and drink. Students from Robert Mealy’s class in baroque orchestral performance will perform music written for the gardens, including symphonies and concerti grossi by George Frideric Handel and two British composers whose music is rarely heard today. The violin virtuoso Michael Christian Festing was the musical director of the fashionable Ranelagh Gardens for ten years, writing music and leading the ensemble. William Boyce wrote hugely popular instrumental music that was played in the gardens.

Robert Mealy (left), described by the New Yorker as “a world-class early music violinist,” is a professor of violin and early music at Yale, where he leads ensembles such as the Yale Collegium Musicum players and the Yale Baroque Ensemble. Students in his baroque orchestral performance class perform on the Yale School of Music’s replicas of baroque instruments, and string players utilize the School’s collection of baroque bows.
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Published April 4, 2011
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Johanna Novom and Avi Stein perform at Collection of Musical Instruments Feb. 24

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents a recital with baroque violinist Johanna Novom and harpsichordist Avi Stein on Thursday, February 24 at 5:30 pm at the Collection (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

The program will feature sonatas of Arcangelo Corelli, Heinrich von Biber, Domenico Scarlatti, and J.S. Bach, as well as shorter pieces by Jean Henry D’Anglebert, Georg Muffat, and Jacques Duphly.

The first half will present Corelli’s Sonata in A Major, Op. 5, No. 6; D’Anglebert’s Prelude in G Minor; Georg Muffat’s Passacaglia; Jacques Duphly‘s La Forqueray and Médée; and Biber’s Sonata in E Minor (1681).

In the second half, Novom and Stein will perform three sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757): Sonata in D Major, K. 119; Sonata in E Major, K. 531; and the Sonata in D Minor, K. 141. The program will conclude with J.S. Bach’s (1685-1750) Sonata for violin and obbligato harpsichord in A Major, BWV 1015. MORE

Published February 21, 2011
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Program Update: Baroque chamber orchestra to perform suites from Telemann’s Tafelmusik

The Yale School of Music will present Musique de Table: festive baroque orchestral suites from Telemann’s Tafelmusik (1733) on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. This program celebrates Telemann’s landmark collection of suites and concertos known as “Tafelmusik,” and written for performance by his Hamburg collegium musicum: an ensemble of students much like our own. Performers are members of Robert Mealy’s class on baroque performance practice, with students playing on Yale’s own collection of baroque bows.

The program will include Telemann’s Overture for Trumpet and Oboe in D major; Concerto for Flute, Violin, and Cello in A major; Ouverture for Two Flutes in E minor; and Ouverture for Two Oboes in B-flat.

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Published April 28, 2010
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Renowned early music performer Robert Mealy directs a period performance of Italian and German concertos and sinfonias

Robert Mealy, director

The Yale School of Music will present a concert of music for baroque chamber orchestra on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). The concert will showcase performers from the School of Music and the Department of Music, directed by the acclaimed violinist and early music specialist Robert Mealy. The program will feature concertos and sinfonias from Italy and Germany. Performers are students in Robert Mealy’s class in historically-informed performance practice. MORE

Published April 27, 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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Yale Guitar Extravaganza VI: From Baroque to Electric

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Featured recital by acclaimed guitarist Eliot Fisk

The Yale School of Music presents the Guitar Extravaganza VI on Saturday, March 7 in Sprague Memorial Hall and Leigh Hall. Under the artistic direction of Benjamin Verdery, renowned guitarist and longstanding chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music, the Extravaganza brings together guitarists for a day of concerts, workshops, lectures, exhibits, master classes, and a panel discussion. In keeping with the theme, From Baroque to Electric, the event will cover topics from the Baroque to the electric, from composing to body mapping, and will include guitars from period instruments to electric guitars. Performances will feature both students and established artists.

Highlights include Jerry Willard performing on guitars from the Baroque and Classical periods, as well as giving a master class on repertoire for those instruments. Kim Perlak and Kevin Vigil will speak on the guitar’s role in education. A panel discussion will feature composers from Yale’s esteemed faculty, moderated by Benjamin Verdery. The renowned young guitarists Seth Josel and Gyan Riley will pair up for a 5:30 pm performance. Capping off the extravaganza is an 8 pm benefit appearance by one of the world’s most eminent guitarists, Yale graduate and former faculty member Eliot Fisk.

Registration for the day’s events is $40, $30 for students and members of the Classical Guitar Societies of Connecticut and New York. Groups of six or more receive a 20% discount. Concert passes, valid for the 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm concerts, are $15, $12 for groups of six or more, $10 for students and members of the CCGS and NYCGS.

guitar_logoCheck out the complete schedule for the Guitar Extravaganza, along with biographies of presenters and performers. This event is supported by the D’Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts.

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Yale School of Music presents
Yale Guitar Extravaganza VI: From Baroque to Electric
Date: March 7, 2009
Venue: Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, and Leigh Hall, 435 College Street
Tickets: Registration (includes admission to all events) $40, $30 for students and members of the Classical Guitar Societies of Connecticut and New York, 20% discount for groups of six or more.
Concert passes (for admission to the concerts at 5:30 pm and 8 pm) are $15, $12 for groups of six or more, $10 for students and members of the Classical Guitar Societies of Connecticut and New York.
Phone/web: 203 432-4158 • music.yale.edu • music.yale.edu/events

Published February 27, 2009
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