Ettore Causa and Boris Berman perform Feb. 19th

Duos for piano and viola by Schumann, Brahms, Hindemith, and more

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents violist Ettore Causa and pianist Boris Berman in a concert on Tuesday, February 19 at 8 pm. The duo will perform music by Schumann, Brahms, Hindemith, and Franck.

The concert will open with two movements from the F-A-E Sonata, the result of a collaboration among Schumann, Brahms, and Albert Dietrich to construct a violin sonata around the notes F, A, and E. The three letters were the result of the motto “Frei aber einsam” (“Free but lonely”), and each composer wrote one movement. Schumann’s expressive Intermezzo is the second movement, and Brahms’s Scherzo, full of rich harmonies and rhythmic vitality, is the third.

Following is the hauntingly beautiful “Meditation” by Paul Hindemith, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty for many years. This year marks fifty years since the composer’s death. Schumann’s Märchenbilder (“Fairy Tale Pictures”), Op. 113, depicts scenes from Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, and The Sleeping Beauty. The evening will conclude with Franck’s Sonata in A major.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. Admission is free. For more information, visit or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published February 11, 2013
Share This Comments

Clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianist Robert Levin perform Schumann and Brahms Dec. 2 & 3

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the eminent duo of clarinetist Charles Neidich ’75BA and pianist Robert Levin on December 2 and 3. Using historical instruments, the performances will feature music of Brahms and Schumann as the composers themselves might have heard them.

Levin will be performing on a piano built by Johann Baptist Streicher in 1869. The instrument is identical to the one Brahms used to compose his works the last twenty-four years of his life. Neidich, who graduated from Yale College in 1975, regularly performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor throughout the world.

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 program will be presented twice: Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm and Monday, December 3 at 8 pm. Both concerts take place at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven). MORE

Published November 16, 2012
Share This Comments

Hung-Kuan Chen performs Brahms, Schumann & more Nov. 28

Hung-Kuan Chen

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist Hung-Kuan Chen on Wednesday, November 28. Chen, a faculty member hailed by the Boston Globe as “a deeply probing, imaginative player with an enormous palette of tone colors,” will perform a program of music featuring masterpieces from the Classical and Baroque periods.

This concert will open with two pieces by Mozart. The Fragment of a Suite in C major, K. 399 recalls the operatic overtures of the French Baroque with its slow opening followed by vivacious counterpoint. The lively spirit is followed by another Baroque reference, A Little Gigue in G Major, K. 574.

The first half closes with Schumann’s masterful Fantasie in C major, Op. 17.

Brahms’s Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118 will open the second half of the concert. This late work is sometimes thought to reflect the composer’s emotional state after the deaths of his sister Elise and close friend Elizabeth von Herzogenberg.

Chen will conclude the recital with Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, arranged for piano from the composer’s 1911 ballet.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman. MORE

Published November 13, 2012
Share This Comments

Ole Akahoshi & Elizabeth Parisot perform May 4

Faculty Artist Series presents its last concert of the season

The Yale School of Music presents the cellist Ole Akahoshi and the pianist Elizabeth Parisot in concert on Friday, May 4. The concert, which takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, will mark the close of the 2011–2012 season for the Faculty Artist Series.

Akahoshi and Parisot will open with music from the Romantic period: Felix Mendelssohn’s youthful Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17, and Johannes Brahms’s expansive Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38.

The second half of the concert explores music of France and Spain, beginning with the Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 123, by Camille Saint-Saëns. The evening concludes with Manuel de Falla’s Suite populaire Espagnole, a set of six popular Spanish songs arranged for cello and piano.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free.

For more information, visit or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published April 23, 2012
Share This Comments

[ concerts ]

Guest conductor Jahja Ling ’85DMA leads the Yale Philharmonia April 20

Jahja Ling, conductor

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale under renowned guest conductor (and alumnus) Jahja Ling on Friday, April 20. Harpist Kristan Toczko will be a featured soloist. The program will include music of Brahms, Ginastera, and Dvorak.

Jahja Ling, who studied orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music (’85DMA), was resident conductor of the illustrious Cleveland Orchestra for many years and is now music director of the San Diego Symphony. He now returns to Yale to conduct his alma mater’s orchestra.

Of one recent performance, the Cleveland Plain Dealer raved, “Ling turned every moment into a compelling statement.” MORE

Published March 28, 2012
Share This Comments

Horowitz Piano Series closes season with Robert Blocker on March 21

“A pianist of purified technique and enormous sensitivity.”
– La Provincia

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist Robert Blocker, on Wednesday, March 21. Blocker, hailed as “a pianist of purified technique and enormous sensitivity,” will perform a diverse program of music from the Baroque to the present day, including pieces by two Yale faculty composers.

Each half will open with musical fantasies, beginning with Haydn’s Fantasia in C major, Hob. XVII:4. The first half will also feature Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 12, a collection of eight character pieces, and Martin Bresnick’s Strange Devotion. Bresnick’s work, which is dedicated to Blocker, was inspired by Francisco de Goya’s etching Extraña Devoción, from the series Caprichos Enfáticos. Bresnick is a member of the School of Music’s composition faculty.

The second half of the concert reaches back to the Baroque, opening with J.S. Bach’s Fantasia in C minor. Next will be another collection from the Romantic period: Brahms’s masterful Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118.

The concert will close with another piece by a Yale faculty member, Ezra Laderman; Decade was written for Robert Blocker after his first ten years as Dean of the School of Music. After Blocker premiered the work in 2009, the Hartford Courant wrote: Decade is a new piano work worth getting excited about.” MORE

Published March 2, 2012
Share This Comments

“Brilliant” pianist Yefim Bronfman performs virtuoso program at Yale Feb. 28

“Stunning command, myriad colorings, incisive articulation and subtlety…”
–New York Times

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents the pianist Yefim Bronfman in recital on Tuesday, February 28. The “brilliant soloist” (New York Sun), hailed for both “technical brawn and a glittery grace” ­(Los Angeles Times), will perform a powerhouse program featuring sonatas by Haydn, Brahms, and Prokofiev.

Bronfman, who last performed at Yale in 2007, will open the concert with Haydn’s Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50. One of the last sonatas Haydn wrote, it showcases the composer’s balance of inventiveness, grace, and wit.

The next composer on the program is Brahms, who at the age of twenty wrote his third and final piano sonata. The five-movement Sonata in F minor, Op. 5, will complete the first half of the concert.

Particularly noted for his interpretations of contemporary Russian repertoire, Bronfman will crown the recital with a performance of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84. The third of Prokofiev’s War Sonatas, the piece will show off Bronfman’s “uncanny ability to make the musical texture unfailingly clear throughout” as well as “his range of sonority – from lyrical to pungent, to explosive” (Wall Street Journal).

This concert takes place at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College St., corner of Wall Street). The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman.

Tickets are $18–28, $12–15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published February 3, 2012
Share This Comments

Faculty artists perform Brahms chamber music Jan. 31

Concert features Boris Berman, Ettore Causa, Clive Greensmith, & more

The Yale School of Music presents four prestigious performers in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Tuesday, January 31. Pianist Boris Berman, violinist Julie Eskar, violist Ettore Causa, and cellist Clive Greensmith (pictured at left, best known as part of the Tokyo String Quartet) will join forces for an all-Brahms program.

The concert will open with two Brahms trios: the Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40, and the Trio in A minor, Op. 114. The first trio was originally written for violin, horn, and piano, and here will be performed with viola instead of horn. The second piece, originally for clarinet, cello, and piano, will be performed in the version featuring violin instead of clarinet.

All four performers will come together to conclude the concert with Brahms’s Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60. The quartet is one of Brahms’s darkest chamber works, outside of the lushly serene third movement, and is sometimes thought to reflect the composer’s love for Clara Schumann.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. MORE

Published January 10, 2012
Share This Comments

Yale Philharmonia performs with Shinik Hahm, Lindsay Garritson Nov. 17

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert featuring Romantic music on Thursday, November 17, 2011. Shinik Hahm will conduct the orchestra, and Lindsay Garritson will be the piano soloist. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, corner of Grove Street).

Mendelssohn’s Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will open the concert, and pianist Lindsay Garritson will perform the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor. Garritson, a graduate of the School of Music, appears as a winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition. She is also a prizewinner in competitions such as the Montreal International Piano Competition, Mozarteum International Chopin Competition, and MTNA Young Artist Competition.

The second half of the concert will feature Rachmaninoff’s three-movement Symphonic Dances. The last work that Rachmaninoff completed, it showcases the orchestra’s rich variety of tone colors.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit


The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale is one of America’s foremost music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire. Performances include an annual series of concerts in Woolsey Hall, as well as Yale Opera productions in the Schubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale has performed on numerous occasions in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Shinik Hahm, the resident conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, has been a professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music since 2004. A dynamic and innovative musician, Hahm is sought after among North American, South American, European, and Asian orchestras. In 2006 Maestro Hahm completed his tenure as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, with which he toured the U.S. in 2004 and Japan in 2005. Hahm served as Music Director of the Abilene (Tex.) Philharmonic Orchestra for a decade (1993-2003), successfully converting the community ensemble into a professional regional orchestra.

As pianist and violinist, Lindsay Garritson has been touring the country and abroad since the age of four. As winner of several concerto competitions, Lindsay has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, University City Symphony, and the European Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Most recently, she was awarded second prize in the 2011 Montreal International Piano Competition and first prize at the 2010 Mozarteum International Chopin Competition in Salzburg. She has participated in numerous music festivals including Aspen, Orford (Canada), and International Holland Music Sessions. Lindsay received her B.A. from Principia College and her M.M. and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music as a student of Boris Berman.

Published November 1, 2011
Share This Comments

Wendy Sharp performs music of Beethoven, Bielawa, and more

Nov. 6 concert also features pianist Joel Wizansky

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents Wendy Sharp, violin, and Joel Wizansky, piano in concert on Sunday, November 6th at 4 pm. The program brings together music related to words in various ways, from a suite based on Shakespeare to a piece incorporating narration.

The concert opens with the brief Scherzo by Johannes Brahms based on a motive of the pitches F, A, and E. Next comes a suite of incidental music for Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” The suite is an early work by Erich Korngold, who went on to become a leading composers of film music.

The first half closes with a piece by 2009 Prix de Rome recipient and Yale alumna Lisa Bielawa. Her “Meditations” for solo violin are drawn from her larger work, “The Lay of Love and Death,” whose name and texts come from Rainer Maria Rilke’s epic poem contemplating the loss of innocence. The composer will recite Rilke’s poetry between the movements for solo violin.

The second half of the program features Beethoven’s virtuosic and passionate “Kreutzer” Sonata in A major, Op. 47. This sonata is considered, along with the Third Symphony, to demonstrate the beginnings of Beethoven’s revolutionary turn to the Romantic. Among the many artists who have been inspired by this sonata is Leo Tolstoy, whose novella The Kreutzer Sonata in turn inspired a painting, a play, and several film adaptations.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.


Wendy Sharp, award-winning violinist, performs frequently as a recitalist and a chamber musician. In demand as a teacher and chamber music coach, she is on the faculties of the Yale School of Music and California Summer Music, and maintains a private studio.  For nearly a decade, Ms. Sharp was the first violinist and a founding member of the Franciscan String Quartet. As a member of the quartet she toured the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and was honored with many awards including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Press and City of Evian prizes at the Evian International String Quartet Competition. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, she attended Yale University, graduating summa cum laude with distinction in music, and received her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ms. Sharp has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Dartmouth College, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Choate Rosemary Hall, and has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, Chamber Music West, Norfolk, Britten-Pears, and Music Academy of the West festivals. Ms. Sharp is currently the director of chamber music at the Yale School of Music, where she has also served on the violin faculty since 1997.

Joel Wizansky is acclaimed by audiences and musicians alike for his combination of fiery intensity and probing musicianship. The Washington Post wrote of his “emotional and rich performance, sparkling runs, beautiful phrasing, and dramatic interpretation.” After his debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age 17, he went on to win numerous awards, including first prize in the Helen Hart International Piano Competition and the Yale Gordon Competition and fifth prize in the Marguerite Long International Competition. He has performed frequently in recital and with orchestras in the United States, Europe, Taiwan, and Korea and has been heard in broadcast performances in New York, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Chicago. His first solo compact disc, “A Brahms Recital,” was released in 2001 on the MRC label. He is also a noted chamber musician and collaborator, and has performed in duo recitals at Carnegie Hall, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and many other venues. He has served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory and is currently a staff pianist at the Yale School of Music.

Composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a 2009 Rome Prize winner in musical composition. She moved to New York two weeks after receiving her B.A. in literature in 1990 from Yale University, and became an active participant in New York musical life. She frequently takes inspiration for her work from literary sources and close artistic collaborations. Gramophone reports, “Bielawa is gaining gale force as a composer, churning out impeccably groomed works that at once evoke the layered precision of Vermeer and the conscious recklessness of Jackson Pollock,” and The New York Times describes her music as “ruminative, pointillistic, and harmonically slightly tart.”

Published October 18, 2011
Share This Comments