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Peter Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia in Wagner, Korngold, Brahms April 10

Benjamin Hoffman, violin

Benjamin Hoffman, violin

The Yale School of Music presents a concert featuring guest conductor Peter Oundjian and the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale on Friday, April 10. Award-winning violinist Benjamin Hoffman is also featured on the program, which includes music of Wagner, Korngold, and Brahms. TICKETS

The concert opens with Wagner‘s Overture to Tannhäuser. The opera’s overture is its most famous section: the shimmering, dramatic chords give way to a series of thrilling and expansive themes that, like many of Wagner’s overtures, can easily stand alone.

Second on the program is the Violin Concerto in D major by Hollywood film composer Erich Korngold, featuring violin soloist Benjamin Hoffman, a winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition. The Moravian-born Korngold once vowed never to write music outside of film until Hitler was defeated; after the end of WWII in 1945, the violin concerto was the first concert piece he wrote. MORE

Published March 27, 2015
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Melvin Chen plays Prokofiev and Brahms Dec. 10

Melvin Chen, Deputy Dean and piano facultyThe Yale School of Music presents the pianist Melvin Chen in recital on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30 pm.  Hailed by the New York Times as “a pianist whose playing is powerful and driven,” Chen will perform music by Sergei Prokofiev and Johannes Brahms.

The program opens with Prokofiev‘s Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75. The composer made this piano arrangement in 1937 and gave the premiere himself.

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Published November 26, 2014
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Ironwood offers a new look at Brahms April 9

Ironwood-photos-Nov-2012-12On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the ensemble Ironwood performing “A Different Sort of Brahms.” The concert begins at 5:30 pm at the Collection.

The recital program, acclaimed around the world, questions today’s assumptions about Romantic performance practice. Here, Ironwood presents the music as it would have been performed in the Romantic style of the 19th century.

A Different Sort of Brahms” is the result of the best-selling book Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (Oxford University Press, 2012). The research involved listening to early recordings of pianists who knew Brahms and analyzing primary source documents about 19th-century performance styles. The program has received acclaim from New York to Australia, including at the 2012 American Brahms Society conference, and has been broadcast internationally. MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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Pianist Boris Berman performs late Brahms March 26

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The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist Boris Berman on Wednesday, March 26 at 8 pm. Berman, acclaimed for both virtuosity and musicality, will perform late piano pieces by Johannes Brahms.

The concert will begin with the Seven Fantasias, Op. 116. Mr. Berman will then perform Three Intermezzos, Op. 117 and Six Pieces for Piano, Op 118. The concert will conclude with Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119. These late pieces represent the culmination of Brahms’ romanticism. MORE

Published March 6, 2014
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Pianists Berman, Frankl, Yang unite in Feb. 19 concert

yang-frankl-bermanThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by pianists Boris BermanPeter Frankl, and Wei-Yi Yang on Wednesday, February 19. All three pianists are members of the School of Music faculty and internationally renowned performers.

The program opens with Schumann‘s Geistervariationen (Ghost Variations), performed by Wei-Yi Yang. The variations (on a theme that was Schumann’s own) was the composer’s last piano work.

The highlights of the program are the major piano duets of the Romantic composer Johannes Brahms, including the Variations on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 23, played by Frankl and Berman. Written for piano four-hands, the piece takes the theme from the Schumann work that opened the program.
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Published February 3, 2014
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Artis Quartet plays Mozart, Zemlinsky, and Brahms Feb. 18

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The Yale School of Music presents the acclaimed Artis Quartet in a concert of music by Mozart, Zemlinsky, and Brahms on Tuesday, February 18 at 8 pm, in Morse Recital Hall. The newspaper Kurier has praised the quartet’s performances as “top class.”

The Vienna-based quartet is comprised of Peter Schuhmayer, violin; Johannes Meissl, violin; Herbert Kefer, viola; and Othmar Müller, cello. They have performed at the most prestigious concert halls in Europe, including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Théatre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), and Santa Cecilia (Rome). MORE

Published January 31, 2014
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Free Lunchtime Chamber Music concert Nov. 6

chamber_music3New Haven, CT | The Yale School of Music will present a Lunchtime Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm at Morse Recital Hall (470 College St, New Haven).

This free event features a colorful variety of ensembles composed of graduate musicians who have come from around the world to study at the Yale School of Music. Violinist Wendy Sharp is director of the chamber music program.

The concert will begin with movements two and three of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata Op. 12 No. 1 on period instruments. Next will follow Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro, for harp with flute, clarinet and string quartet; then Mozart’s Violin Sonata K.526, movement 1.

The second half of the concert will begin with Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata in F minor, movements 1 and 2; followed by Poulenc’s Sextet for wind quintet and piano, and  Mozart’s Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 526: Molto Allegro (6’).

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu. MORE

Published November 4, 2013
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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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Pianist David Kaplan Gives DMA Recital Oct. 24

The Yale School of Music presents the pianist David Kaplan in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 8 pm, at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

Kaplan-DavidKaplan, who has been lauded by The New York Times for his “striking imagination and creativity,” will perform music by Brahms, Bartók, Beethoven, and fellow YSM alumnus Timo Andres.

Brahms’ Seven Fantasies, Op. 116, frame the first half of the program, which also includes Schoenberg’s Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19, and Bartók’s Suite, Op. 14. The second half of the recital opens with How Can I Live in the World of Your Ideas? by Timo Andres ’07BA, ’09MM. Kaplan concludes the recital with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a, “Les Adieux.”

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Published October 7, 2013
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Pianist Robert Blocker performs Brahms and more Oct. 23

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The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist and Dean of the Yale School of Music Robert Blocker on Wednesday, October 23. Blocker, a renowned pianist and a leading arts administrator, will perform music by Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms.  MORE

Published October 2, 2013
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