Winds of France to serenade concertgoers Feb. 14

Featuring the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, “a jewel in this nation’s musical crown”

The Yale School of Music presents Winds of France, a concert of French chamber music, on Tuesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day. The performers are part of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, called “a marvelous ensemble… committed and passionate” by the San Francisco Classical Voice. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

“It would be hard to name more superior proponents of their instruments than the members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center,” writes the Post-Gazette. Three of the performers are also Yale faculty: Stephen Taylor, oboe; David Shifrin, clarinet; and William Purvis, horn. Rounding out the ensemble are Alessio Bax, piano; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; and Peter Kolkay, bassoon.

The concert features a variety of music for winds instruments, including two wind quintets: Jean Françaix’s Quintet from 1948, and Jacques Ibert’s Trois Pièces Brèves (three short pieces) from 1930.

The program also explores unfamiliar gems of the French repertoire, including Maurice Emmanuel’s Sonata for flute, clarinet, and piano, Op. 11 (1907) and Yan Maresz’s Circumambulation for flute (1993, rev. 1996).

All six performers will come together for the concert’s finale, Francis Poulenc’s Sextet for winds and piano (written 1932–39). MORE

Published January 18, 2012
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Four YSM alums win CMS Two auditions

Four graduates of the Yale School of Music were among the twelve musicians selected as the winners of this year’s CMS Two auditions.

CMS Two, a program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, offers valuable professional opportunities to performers in the early stages of major careers. During their three-year residency, members participate in all aspects of musical life at CMS, including national and international tours; radio and television broadcasts; recordings, and performances in venues including Alice Tully Hall.

From an initial pool of more than two hundred applicants from around the world, fifty-three were invited to participate in the live auditions. The four Yalies selected were cellist Mihai Marica ’04CERT, ’08AD; clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois ’06MM, ’07AD; oboist James Austin Smith ’08MM; and percussionist Ian Rosenbaum ’11AD. The other eight musicians selected were pianists Gloria Chien and Soyeon Lee; violinists Benjamin Beilman, Nicolas Dautricourt, Sean Lee, Alexander Sitkovetsky, and Areta Zhulla; and bassoonist Bram van Sambeek.

The panel for the live auditions included CMS artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han; cellist Laurence Lesser, a faculty member and former president of the New England Conservatory of Music; Anthony Fogg, artistic administrator of the Boston Symphony; Jeremy Geffen, director of artistic planning for Carnegie Hall; and additional musicians and members of the CMS artistic staff.

View the announcement on the CMSLC website here.

Published August 31, 2011
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Concert features winning performances from annual chamber music competition

The Chamber Music Society at the Yale School of Music presents its annual concert of competition winners on Tuesday, May 3 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). This year’s winning performers form a diverse group in terms of both instrumentation and repertoire.

The concert will open with Anthony Plog’s brass quintet Mosaics, a piece that critic Barry Kilpatrick called “a thing of beauty… a remarkable study in virtuoso ensemble interplay.” Mosaics will be performed by David Wharton and Ryan Olsen, trumpet; Jessica Lascoe, horn; Matthew Russo, trombone; and Benjamin Firer, bass trombone. A classical string trio follows: Mozart’s Divertimento in E-flat major, K. 563, performed by Nayeon Kim, violin; Onyou Kim, viola; and Soojin Chung, cello.

The duo of Rosa Jang and Kristan Toczko will perform what writer David Sumbler calls “one of the most substantial works ever written for flute and harp”: Naiades, written in 1927 by the British composer William Alwyn. The concert will conclude with the fierce, turbulent Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, played by Helen Kim, violin; Kendra James, viola; Yoonhee Ko, cello; and Esther Park, piano.

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Published April 14, 2011
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Miró Quartet plays with Julie Landsman March 29

Quartets by Haydn and Brahms, plus Gunther Schuller’s Horn Quintet

“Explosive vigor and technical finesse.”
– New York Times

The Chamber Music Society at Yale presents the Miró String Quartet on Tuesday, March 29 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The quartet, which has earned praise for both its “understated wisdom” (New York Magazine) and its “full-blooded, freely rhapsodic approach” (Washington Post), will open its program with two string quartets: Joseph Haydn’s Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 33, No. 2, nicknamed “The Joke,” and the Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 51, No. 1 of Johannes Brahms.

French hornist Julie Landsman, who is the principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, will join the Miró Quartet for Gunther Schuller’s Quintet for horn and strings. The Quintet was written in 2009 and was premiered by Landsman and the Miró Quartet at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival that year.

Schuller taught composition at the Yale School of Music as well as many other institutions. He himself played horn, becoming principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony at the youthful age of seventeen and joining the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera two years later.

Tickets to this concert are $20 to $30, $10 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published March 1, 2011
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Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio plays trios by Mozart, Schumann, Milhaud, and Stravinsky

“No praise can be too high… for the three hyper-virtuosos.”
– Boston Globe

The Chamber Music Society at the Yale School of Music presents the Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio on Tuesday, March 1 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). All acclaimed soloists in their own right, the trio of Ani Kavafian, violin and viola; David Shifrin, clarinet; and Andre-Michel Schub, piano, came together as an official ensemble several years ago and have concertized widely ever since.

All three are members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Kavafian and Shifrin are both on the faculty of the Yale School of Music. In their Sprague Hall performance, they will open with Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” Trio, K. 498, one of the first pieces for this particular instrumentation, and continue with Schumann’s restless Märchenerzälungen (Fairy Tales), Op. 132.

Darius Milhaud’s Suite, Op. 157b, crosses musical boundaries by drawing on folk dances, Brazilian music, jazz, and numerous classical influences. The concert will close with the trio version of Stravinsky’s Suite from Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier’s Tale).

Tickets to this concert are $20–$30, $10 for students. MORE

Published February 8, 2011
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Tokyo String Quartet performs with violist Ettore Causa Feb. 8

Program includes Mozart and Szymanowski quartets, plus Mendelssohn quintet with violist Ettore Causa

The Chamber Music Society at the Yale School of Music presents the Tokyo String Quartet on Tuesday, February 8 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The concert will open with Mozart’s “Hunt” Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458, so named because the first movement reminded Mozart’s contemporaries of the rhythms and horn calls of a hunting scene. Szymanowski’s Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 37, will round out the first half. The piece, written in 1917, “deserves to be much better known” for its “inventive textures and arresting, even hallucinatory ideas” (Classics Today).

Guest artist Ettore Causa, professor of viola at the Yale School of Music, will join the quartet for Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87. Causa has been widely praised for his unusually beautiful tone; his first recording was crowned with the 5 Diapason, and his second quickly earned broad acclaim.

The Tokyo Quartet, currently celebrating its fortieth season as one of the world’s foremost ensembles, has been in residence at the Yale School of Music since 1976. The New York Times has praised the quartet for nothing less than “exemplary chamber music,” and the Toronto Star has called it “an established ensemble playing as one living, breathing organism.”

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Published January 20, 2011
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Star piano quartet OPUS ONE gives East Coast premiere of a Lowell Liebermann piece, plus music of Mozart and Schumann

“The technical mastery of a solo recital with with the exuberance of a jam session.”
– Post Gazette

The Chamber Music Society at Yale presents OPUS ONE in a recital on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College
Street, New Haven). The distinguished piano quartet has garnered widespread acclaim since its debut twelve years ago. Its members, who have all built high-profile careers of their own, are Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Ida Kavafian, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; and Peter Wiley, cello. Kavafian is the sister of violinist Ani Kavafian, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty.

The concert will open with Mozart’s beloved Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor, K. 478. Next will be the East Coast premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s new Quartet for Piano and Strings, which the ensemble premiered this past August. “It was an incredibly beautiful piece, and well received,” wrote the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle. The evening will conclude with Schumann’s masterful Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 44.

Of one performance, the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote: “Opus One sang and soared, trilled and thrilled. Its sense of musical coordination was confident, its grasp of artistic subtleties, strong…. there was a keen sense of teamwork and mutual support.”

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Published November 17, 2010
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Tokyo String Quartet opens 2010-11 Chamber Music Society season Sep. 28 with Schubert, Webern, and Mozart

Guest artist Ettore Causa appears in Mozart’s Viola Quintet in C major

The Yale School of Music presents the Tokyo String Quartet in the first concert of the Chamber Music Society season on Tuesday, September 28 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven). The Tokyo String Quartet, currently celebrating its fortieth season as one of the world’s foremost ensembles, has been in residence at the Yale School of Music since 1976. The ensemble’s first performance of 2010-11 will open with Schubert’s String Quartet in E-flat major, D. 87 and will continue with two miniature works by Webern: the Langsamer Satz and Six Bagatelles. Guest artist Ettore Causa, professor of viola at the Yale School of Music, will join the quartet for Mozart’s Viola Quintet in C major, K. 515.

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.” Ettore Causa, who joined the Yale School of Music faculty in 2009, has been widely praised for his unusually beautiful tone. His first recording was crowned with the 5 Diapason, and his second quickly earned wide praise. MORE

Published September 7, 2010
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Yale School of Music presents winning performances of chamber music in May 4 concert

Featuring music of Brahms, Elliott Carter, and a riveting theatrical work by Mauricio Kagel

Emil Khudyev, clarinet, who will perform the Brahms Clarinet Quintet

The Yale School of Music presents the winners of the 2010 Chamber Music Competition in an exciting concert on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The competition is an annual event in which graduate students in the Yale School of Music’s chamber music program (directed by Wendy Sharp) perform before a panel of faculty judges. The winners repeat their performances on this annual concert presented by the Chamber Music Society at Yale.

This year’s concert will open with Elliott Carter’s Woodwind Quintet with Itay Lanter, flute; Carl Oswald, oboe; In Hyung Hwang, clarinet; Leelanee Sterrett, horn; and Jeremy Friedland, bassoon. The Brahms Clarinet Quintet will feature Emil Khudyev, clarinet; Domenic Salerni, violin; Farkhad Khudyev, violin; Erin Tuncer, viola; and Sunhee Jeon, cello. Farkhad and Emil Khudyev are brothers who hail from Turkmenistan. The second half of the concert will feature Mauricio Kagel’s Dressur, a theatrical, circus-themed work for percussion trio performed by Candy Chiu, John Corkill, and Ian Rosenbaum. MORE

Published April 20, 2010
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Salzburg’s “Breathtaking” Hagen Quartet performs at the Yale School of Music on April 27

“Their performance was filled with subtlety and wonder… a thrilling encounter.”
–The Independent

The Yale School of Music presents the Salzburg-based Hagen Quartet in a performance on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The program features Beethoven’s Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, no. 3; Webern’s Five Pieces, Op. 5; and Grieg’s Quartet in G minor, Op. 27.

The quartet, praised by Gramophone for its “formidable precision and great rhythmic elan,” is comprised of three siblings – Lukas, Veronika, and Clemens Hagen, who play violin, viola, and cello, respectively – and second violinist Rainer Schmidt. The Independent has called the quartet’s playing “breathtaking in its precision, dynamism, and agility.”

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Published April 13, 2010
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