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Music Talks at the Whitney presents Bartók with Argus Quartet Dec. 10

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Argus Quartet

The next event in the Music Talks at the Whitney series will take place Thursday, Dec. 10 at 4 pm. Presented by the Yale School of Music and Whitney Humanities Center, the event will feature a performance of Bela Bartók‘s String Quartet No. 4 and a post-performance discussion.

The work will be performed by YSM’s fellowship quartet-in-residence, the Argus Quartet: Jason Issokson, Clara Kim, violins; Diana Wade, viola; and Joann Whang, cello. Michael Friedmann, a member of the faculty of both the School of Music and the Department of Music, will introduce the piece. MORE

Published December 7, 2015
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Brentano String Quartet begins Yale residency with Sep. 23 concert

brentano_vThe Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The acclaimed ensemble will play music by Schubert, Bartók, and Mozart.

The concert opens with Mozart‘s String Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458, nicknamed “The Hunt” for the propulsion and harmony of the first movement. Bartók‘s fascinating String Quartet No. 3 follows, with what one writer has called a “kaleidoscope of coloristic effects.”

Schubert‘s String Quartet in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden,” a perennial audience favorite, concludes the evening. Schubert, suffering through illness, wrote his “Death and the Maiden” quartet with the full knowledge that he would soon die. MORE

Published September 19, 2014
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Faculty Artists Kyung Yu, violin, & Elizabeth Parisot, piano, perform at Yale Nov. 6

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The Yale School of Music presents a recital by Kyung Yu, violin, and Elizabeth Parisot, piano, on Wednesday, November 6 at 8 pm. The event is part of the Faculty Artist Series, which features the School’s prestigious faculty in concerts that are free and open to the public. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Yu and Parisot perform together extensively, having given numerous recitals throughout Connecticut and Pennsylvania and in concert tours of Korea and Italy. They have recorded the Strauss and Prokofiev sonatas and appeared on Albany Records in The Music of Ezra Laderman. With cellist Ole Akahoshi, they performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Yale Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Shinik Hahm.

Their concert on November 6 opens with two sontas for violin and piano: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 in G major, and Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 in G major. After intermission, they will play Tchaikovsky’s Serenade Melancolique  and Bartok’s virtuosic Rhapsody No. 1 (1928). MORE

Published October 10, 2013
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May 7 concert presents winners of chamber music competition

Concert features music my Stucky, Poulenc, Schubert, and Bartók

The Yale School of Music presents the winners of the annual Chamber Music Competition in a showcase concert on Tuesday, May 7 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The concert is the last event of the 2012–2013 Oneppo Chamber Music Series.

In announcing the competition winners, Wendy Sharp, the director of chamber music at YSM, noted: “We were impressed with the high level of seriousness, preparation and musicianship. It was not easy choosing a program from such a strong list of groups. When picking the program, we considered not only the performances, but also what might make an interesting concert, the variety of work and instrumentation, and overall length.” MORE

Published April 3, 2013
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Yale Percussion Group performs Sunday, Feb. 24

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Percussion Group on Sunday, February 24, 2013. The concert features music by Bartók as well as three living composers, and takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The concert will open with Bartók‘s masterful Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. The Meehan/Perkins Duo, whose members have been called “superb young players” by the New Yorker and “gifted percussionists” by the Wall Street Journal, will perform John Supko’s Straits. The first half will conclude with Alejandro Viñao’s Book of Grooves.

All six members of the Yale Percussion Group will come together to perform James Wood‘s Cloud Polyphonies to close the evening. MORE

Published February 21, 2013
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Tokyo String Quartet performs in Morse Recital Hall for the last time Jan. 22

Concert features string quartets by Haydn, Bartók, Mendelssohn

The Yale School of Music presents a concert featuring the Tokyo String Quartet on Tuesday, January 22. It will be the group’s last performance on the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music; this is the ensemble’s last season before retirement. In this valedictory performance, the quartet will perform music by Hadyn, Bartók, and Mendelssohn.

For the past 42 years, the Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics with “rock-solid ensemble playing and immaculate, razor-edged precision” (Washington Post). Since 1976, they have also been in residence at the Yale School of Music, coaching chamber music and mentoring young ensembles.

The concert opens with Haydn’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, No. 3, nicknamed “Rider” for the galloping rhythms in the last movement. Bartók’s Fourth String Quartet, composed in 1927, follows.

Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 4 in E minor, written in 1837, was one of the composer’s favorites, and it was immediately popular with audiences as well. The piece will be the last that the quartet plays on the stage of Morse Recital Hall.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets are $30–$40, $20 with student ID. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

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Published January 3, 2013
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Yale Philharmonia performs with guest conductor Peter Oundjian Oct. 19

Concert also features pianist Suzana Bartal in Bartók’s Third Concerto

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, October 19, 2012.Pianist Suzana Bartal ’13MM, a winner of this year’s Woolsey Competition, is the featured soloist. The concert, which includes music by Verdi, Bartók, and Shostakovich, takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall.

Oundjian, the music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, is a member of the Yale School of Music faculty and the principal guest conductor of the Yale Philharmonia.

Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino will open the program. Bartal is the soloist in Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, a piece written as a surprise birthday present for the composer’s wife.

The second half of the concert features Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12 in D minor. Subtitled “The Year 1917” and dedicated to Lenin, the symphony reveals Shostakovich’s complex give-and-take relationship with the Soviet authorities.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. Click HERE to RSVP on Facebook. MORE

Published October 8, 2012
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New semester opens with Tokyo String Quartet performance

January 10 concert features quartets of Haydn, Bartók, Dvorák

The Yale School of Music presents the Tokyo String Quartet in concert on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. The ensemble, now celebrating its thirty-fifth year in residence at the Yale School of Music, will perform quartets by Haydn, Bartók, and Dvorák. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

Haydn’s String Quartet in G major, Op. 64, No. 4, will open the program. The Tokyo Quartet will then venture into music of Eastern Europe, beginning with the String Quartet No. 3 by Hungarian composer Bela Bartók. The concert will conclude with the String Quartet in G major, Op. 106, by Czech composer Antonín Dvorák.

The New York Times has praised the Tokyo String Quartet for nothing less than “exemplary chamber music,” and the Toronto Star has called it “an established ensemble playing as one living, breathing organism.”

Tickets to this concert 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.

The concert is part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at Yale. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven. MORE

Published December 27, 2011
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Peter Frankl continues his 75th birthday celebration with a recital of solo piano music by Beethoven and Bartók

Frankl’s recording of Bartók on ASV was CD Review’s Record of the Month

The Yale School of Music presents a recital by pianist Peter Frankl on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Frankl will perform music of Beethoven and Bartók; his interpretations of both composers’ works have earned him wide praise. Like Bartók, Frankl is Hungarian, and his recording of Bartók’s music on the ASV label was named CD Review’s Record of the Month. In addition to Bartók’s Allegro barbaro, Three Burlesques, and Three Rondos, the program will include three Beethoven sonatas. The first half will include both sonatas from Op. 27, subtitled “Quasi una Fantasia”: the Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 27, no. 1, and the “Moonlight” Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, no. 2. The recital will conclude with Beethoven’s monumental Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111.

Frankl, who turns 75 this concert season, has been celebrating his birthday with a series of solo and ensemble performances. On April 23, he will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the undergraduate Yale Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada. He has been praised by Auditorium as “not a mere pianist, but a true artist.” MORE

Published January 18, 2011
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Tokyo String Quartet to perform Haydn, Beethoven, and Bartok

tokyo_stringsThe Tokyo String Quartet, one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, will perform three powerhouse works on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 8 pm. Artists in residence at the Yale School of Music for the past 33 years, the quartet appears in recital every semester. Their performance this October will open with Haydn’s Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5, and will continue with Beethoven’s “Serioso” Quartet in F minor, Op. 95. The evening will conclude with Bartók’s Quartet No. 6, the last work Bartók wrote in his native Hungary before emigrating to the United States in 1939.

The Tokyo Quartet’s performance, which is presented by the Chamber Music Society at Yale, will take place on Tuesday, October 20 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The members of the Tokyo String Quartet are Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda, violins; Kazuhide Isomura, viola; and Clive Greensmith, cello. MORE

Published October 1, 2009
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