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Delaware Symphony Orchestra offers channels old, new in ‘Classic Masters’

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Delaware Online
By Thomas Leitch

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director David Amado, offered its followers a piquant mixture of old and new Friday evening in a program entitled “Classic Masters.”

DSO concertmaster David Southorn jumped on Mozart’s fifth and last violin concerto with all the fresh enthusiasm of a kid in a candy store. His sweet, clear tone beautifully suited Mozart’s generally high solo line in the opening Allegro aperto, and the second and third movements allowed him to show more of his lower register. The principal novelty here were Southorn’s brief, witty embellishments to the score and the original cadenzas he supplied for the first and third movements. In general, however, he was content to let Mozart speak for himself.

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Published October 26, 2013
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YSM alumni take home prizes in Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

YSM alumni were among the winners of the recent Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. The annual event is open to instrumentalists, singers and chamber ensembles performing classical and non-traditional repertoire.

Among this year’s winners were the Amphion String Quartet and the string quintet Sybarite5, two ensembles whose members include YSM alumni. All winners receive a two-year management contract with with the Concert Artists Guild as well as a New York recital opportunity. Sybarite5 also won the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize.

Three of the Amphion Quartet’s members are alumni: Katie Hyun ’09AD, violin; David Southorn ’09MM, ’10AD, violin; and Mihai Marica ’04CERT, ’08AD, cello. Performing in Sybarite5 is violinist Sami Merdinian ’06MM, ’07AD. MORE

Published October 27, 2011
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Boris Berman plays Bach keyboard concertos April 6

Will perform with quartet of YSM faculty and alumni performers

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by pianist Boris Berman and guest artists on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The concert presents four concertos by J.S. Bach for keyboard and strings, performed as chamber music rather than with a full orchestra.

Berman will be joined by violinists Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violist Ettore Causa, and cellist Mihai Marica. Causa is on the faculty of the Yale School of Music and will also perform with Berman in a recital on March 26. Hyun, Southorn, and Marica are graduates of the School who play together in the award-winning Amphion String Quartet.

The music on this concert will include Bach’s Concerto in E Major, BWV 1053; Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056; Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055; Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1058; and Concerto in D Major, BWV 1054. Most of these are transcriptions by Bach of his own concertos written for other instruments such as violin or winds.

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Published March 14, 2011
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