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Carolyn Kuan conducts the Yale Philharmonia in Mahler and Berg Jan. 29

Carolyn Kuan

Carolyn Kuan

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia with guest conductor Carolyn Kuan and violin soloist Mélanie Clapiès on Friday, January 29. Kuan, the music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, will lead the orchestra in works by Alban Berg and Gustav Mahler.

Violinist Mélanie Clapiès, a recent YSM graduate and a winner of the 2015 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, will be the featured soloist in Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto. Perhaps his most frequently performed work, Berg’s Violin Concerto is marked as “to the memory of an angel”: he was driven to write it after the death of Manon Gropius, the daughter of Alma Mahler (once Gustav Mahler’s wife) and Walter Gropius.

The second half of the concert feature Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, named the “Titan” after the novel by Jean Paul. “Mahler’s story took shape as a sequence of experiences,” writes Steven Johnson: “the first two movements progress from youthful springtime to confident adulthood; the last two progress from death to a battle against sorrow.”

Published December 22, 2015
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Russian pianist Ekaterina Derzhavina performs at Yale Mar. 28

“…A real celebration of musical thought.”
–Saratov SP (Russia)

The Yale School of Music presents a special recital at the Whitney Humanities Center by the eminent Russian pianist Ekaterina Derzhavina on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Critics describe Derzhavina’s skill as “phantasmal and musical” (Westfälische Rundschau) and as “a real celebration of musical thought” (Saratov SP).

Acclaimed in Europe as one of the finest pianists of her generation, Derzhavina is a First Prize winner of the J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Germany. Her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Varations received the 1999 Choc du Monde de la Musique award in Paris. The German label Profil recently released her nine-CD set of Haydn’s complete piano sonatas.

Derzhavina will perform a diverse program of music by Alban Berg, Joseph Haydn, Olivier Messiaen, and Franz Schubert. The concert opens with Berg’s Sonata, Op. 1, in which the traditional sonata form is clouded by unstable chromatic tonality, followed by Haydn’s Variations in A major, Hob. XVII:2.

Derzhavina will then perform selections from Messiaen’s deeply spiritual Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus, a highlight of the composer’s early period. The evening will close with Schubert’s Four Impromptus, Op. 142.

This concert takes place at 8 pm at the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St). Admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published March 5, 2013
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Linden String Quartet opens second year of Yale residency with Oct. 31 concert

“Remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality…”
– MusicWeb International

The Yale School of Music presents the Linden String Quartet, its graduate quartet-in-residence, in concert on Monday, October 31 at 8 pm. The ensemble, which has won several prestigious honors and accolades in only three years together, will perform music by Schubert, Ravel, Alban Berg, and Kelly-Marie Murphy.

This concert will open with Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C minor, which was not published until after the composer’s death, and Berg’s two-movement String Quartet, Op. 3, written exactly 90 years later. The first half will close with Kelly-Marie Murphy’s Dark Energy. This single-movement piece explores the idea of dark energy, an antigravity force that Einstein suggested in 1917 as a way of explaining why the universe doesn’t collapse. The work is both melodic and virtuosic, beginning softly and gaining momentum.

Ravel’s lush and complex String Quartet in F major will conclude the concert.

The members of the Linden String Quartet – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – are mentored by the Tokyo String Quartet at Yale. The quartet, which has been described as “truly riveting” (MusicWeb International), also enjoys residencies at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts and the Canton Symphony Orchestra. MORE

Published October 18, 2011
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Yale Philharmonia offers Mahler, Berg, and Akiho’s new steel pan concerto January 21

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and conductor Shinik Hahm on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall. The concert will open with Andy Akiho’s new Concerto for Steel Pans, which received its premiere December 9 in Sprague Hall. Akiho, a trained percussionist as well as composer who has studied steel pan culture in Trinidad, will be the soloist in the piece. Akiho’s concerto was selected by the Yale School of Music’s composition faculty to be performed on this program.

Soprano Janna Baty will join the orchestra to perform excerpts from Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck. The opera, based on Georg Büchner’s play Woyzeck, was a succès de scandale at its premiere in 1925 and quickly took off across Europe. Baty, a member of the School of Music faculty, has been praised by the Boston Herald for her “voice brimming with richness and confidence.”

The concert will close with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, called “The Titan” not for its size – though a performance requires about 100 musicians and lasts about one hour – but because Mahler originally based the work on Jean Paul’s novel of the same name. MORE

Published December 15, 2010
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