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Conducting fellows lead the Yale Philharmonia Feb. 28

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This post was updated Feb. 19 to reflect a change in time. The concert will begin at 8 pm.

The Yale School of Music presents its two conducting fellows, Jonathan Brandani and Louis Lohraseb, in a performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale on Friday, February 28, 2014. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, an intimate venue to hear a full orchestra.

The program includes selections by Wagner, Copland, and Beethoven. Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was composed as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son. Copland’s jazz-infused Music for the Theatre was written not for a specific play; Copland selected the title because the “music seemed to suggest a certain theatrical atmosphere.” MORE

Published February 17, 2014
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Guest conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia Apr. 5

Concert features American works of Rouse, Barber, Copland, and Adams

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with its principal guest conductor, Peter Oundjian, on Friday, April 5, 2013. The program highlights American music from the past hundred years, from Aaron Copland to John Adams. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The performance will open with Christopher Rouse’s Infernal Machine, an orchestral showpiece inspired by the vision of a sinister but awe-inspiring eternal machine in motion for no particular purpose. Next is Samuel Barber’s heartrending Adagio for Strings, a work described by Alexander J. Morin as “full of pathos and cathartic passion.” MORE

Published March 11, 2013
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Violinist Brian Lewis performs Schumann, Milhaud, Avalon, and more Oct. 11

“This is artistry that isn’t to be missed.”
– Topeka Capital-Journal

Brian Lewis, violinThe Yale School of Music presents violinist Brian Lewis in a Faculty Artist Recital on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street). Now in his second year as a visiting professor at Yale, Lewis will perform violin sonatas by Schumann, Milhaud, and Robert Avalon, as well as music by Copland and Robert Russell Bennett. He will be joined by pianist Laura Kennedy.

Lewis and Kennedy will play Darius Milhaud’s Sonata No. 2; Schumann’s Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105; and the Connecticut premiere of Robert Avalon’s Violin Sonata, written in 1983. They will also perform the Hoe-Down from Copland’s Rodeo and Robert Russell Bennett’s jubilant Hexapoda: Five Studies in Jitteroptera, the greatest crowd-pleaser from a composer best known for his Broadway orchestrations.

“Few can match Lewis for an honest virtuosity that supremely serves the music,” raves the Topeka Capital-Journal. “This is artistry that isn’t to be missed.”

The recital 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.

About Brian Lewis

One of the most versatile violinists on the current scene, Brian Lewis is an exceptionally gifted and charismatic artist. Much sought after as a performer and teacher, Mr. Lewis concertizes and teaches around the globe. He has released six CDs, most recently for Delos as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lewis began his violin studies at the age of four. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard, studying with the renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. Mr. Lewis holds the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also Artistic Director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School, concertmaster of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, founding member of the Texas Piano Quartet, and Artistic Director of the Starling Distinguished Violinist Series at UT. Brian Lewis is in his second year as the Class of ’57 Visiting Professor in Music at the Yale School of Music.

Published September 26, 2011
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Voices of American Music concert pays tribute to the Oral History of American Music project on its 40th anniversary

“…The world’s definitive archive of historical material on American music.”
– The New York Times

Vivian Perlis interviews Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein in Copland’s home.

The Yale School of Music presents Voices of American Music, a concert tribute to the legendary Oral History of American Music (OHAM) project at Yale. The concert will take place on Tuesday, April 6 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven) as part of the Chamber Music Society at Yale.

The works of some of America’s most important composers will be heard in a rare program that joins music with footage from OHAM’s archives. Founded by Vivian Perlis, one of the foremost historians of American music, OHAM is dedicated to collecting and preserving audio and video memoirs of notable figures in American music. The musicologist H. Wiley Hitchcock called OHAM “an incomparable resource, the most extensive ongoing oral history project in America.”


Published March 10, 2010
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Yale Philharmonia offers four 20th-century works for chamber orchestra in Sprague Hall Feb. 26-27

Program features the original version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring

Phil_Chamber_Orch_blogThe Yale Philharmonia, the premier ensemble of the Yale School of Music, will present two concerts of music for chamber orchestra on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The program, which is the same each night, belies the twentieth century’s reputation for difficult music: all four pieces are tonal and among the era’s most approachable repertoire. Shinik Hahm, the conductor of the Yale Philharmonia, will lead both performances.

The program opens with Stravinsky’s neo-classical chamber concerto Dumbarton Oaks (1937-8), inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Closing the first half is the original version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, scored for 13 instruments. The ever-popular work won Copland the 1945 Pulitzer Prize. Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1928) will feature soloist Paul Won Jin Cho, a winner of the 2009 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. The concert will conclude with Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for string orchestra.


Published February 10, 2010
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