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Finckel-Han-Setzer Trio performs Nov. 5


The Yale School of Music presents the illustrious Finckel-Han-Setzer Trio on Tuesday, November 5 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The ensemble will perform trios by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Dvořák. A recent review of the trio performing this same program raved,

With such player pedigrees, you’d expect outstanding performances, each vividly brought to life, and that’s just what you got. The group capitalized on opportunities for jokes, surprises, mimicry, sentiment and broad-scaled vitality.


Published October 4, 2013
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Renowned conductor Helmuth Rilling leads Dvorak’s Stabat Mater Apr. 19

Yale Philharmonia performs with Yale Camerata, Yale Glee Club

Helmuth Rilling. Photo: Jon Christopher Meyers

The Yale School of Music, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and Yale Glee Club present a performance of Dvorák’s masterful Stabat Mater, led by the Grammy Award-winning conductor Helmuth Rilling on Friday, April 19, 2013. The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale will perform alongside the Yale Camerata and Yale Glee Club. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

Composed in 1877 in Prague, Stabat Mater was Dvorák’s response to the death of his daughter, Josefa, followed by the deaths of two more of his children. The ten-part masterpiece was his first composition on a religious theme since his student days, and the work is noted for its depth of emotion.

The internationally renowned conductor Helmuth Rilling will lead the performance. Rilling has said: “Music should never be merely comfortable, never fossilized, never soothing. It should startle people and reach deep down inside them, forcing them to reflect.”

The performers include the Yale Philharmonia, the Yale Camerata (a vocal ensemble sponsored by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and directed by Marguerite L. Brooks), and the Yale Glee Club (Yale’s premier undergraduate mixed chorus and the oldest musical organization on campus, directed by Jeffrey Douma).

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 music.yale.edu. MORE

Published March 18, 2013
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Wei-Yi Yang, Karen von Kunes explore Czech music and literature April 1

Wei-Yi Yang, a member of the School of Music faculty, and Karen von Kunes, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, will present “Leoš Janáček & Milan Kundera: a confluence of Czech music and literature” on Monday, April 1.

Yang will perform Janáček’s rarely-played piano cycle On an Overgrown Path, written 1900–1912, alongside two of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances for piano four hands. In the Dvořák he will be joined by pianists Xuerong Zhao and Miki Sawada, both students in the School of Music.

The event takes place at 7:30 pm at Berkeley College on the Yale campus. Contact the Berkeley master’s office (203-432-0501) for details.

This is the third and final interdisciplinary project that Wei-Yi Yang has undertaken this concert season. For more information on Karen von Kunes, click here. MORE

Published March 14, 2013
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Peter Frankl, Ani Kavafian, Ettore Causa, Ole Akahoshi perform together Jan. 23

Concert features piano quartets by Mozart and Dvorák

The Yale School of Music presents four faculty performers in a performance of piano quartets on Wednesday, January 23 at 8 pm. The concert, which is part of the Faculty Artist Series, features Ani Kavafian, violin; Ettore Causa, viola; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Peter Frankl, piano.

The concert will feature three quartets for piano and strings, beginning with Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, considered the first major piece in the genre, and Quartet in E-flat major, written less than a year after the first piece.

Also on the program is Dvorák’s masterful Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 87, “an unfailing crowd-pleaser… possessed of an originality that makes it worthy to stand beside the more complex corners of Brahms’ chamber output” (All Music Guide).

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 music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published January 7, 2013
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Faculty Artist Series presents violinist Wendy Sharp and pianist Joel Wizansky

Concert features music from Dvorak to Schnittke to Corigliano

The Yale School of Music presents a recital by Wendy Sharp, violin, and Joel Wizansky, piano on Sunday, October 21 at 4 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.

Music on the concert ranges from the Romantic period to today. The program opens with Alfred Schnittke’s Suite in the Old Style for violin and piano, incorporating pieces from the composer’s various film scores. Though written in the twentieth century, its baroque style marks an artistic shift in Schnittke’s career that was largely influenced by Shostakovich.

In writing his piece Once, Chris Rogerson ’11MM was inspired by the images of childhood summers from Meghan O’Rouke’s The Long Goodbye. Each movement is based on a specific passage from the memoir.

The second half opens with Anton Dvorak’s “Songs my Mother Taught Me,” the most famous of the seven Gypsy Songs, all of which are set to poems by Adolf Heydul. Then comes John Corigliano’s Lullaby for Natalie, a sweet melody written for the daughter of world-renowned violinist, Anne Akiko Meyers.


Published October 10, 2012
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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
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New semester opens with Tokyo String Quartet performance

January 10 concert features quartets of Haydn, Bartók, Dvorák

The Yale School of Music presents the Tokyo String Quartet in concert on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. The ensemble, now celebrating its thirty-fifth year in residence at the Yale School of Music, will perform quartets by Haydn, Bartók, and Dvorák. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

Haydn’s String Quartet in G major, Op. 64, No. 4, will open the program. The Tokyo Quartet will then venture into music of Eastern Europe, beginning with the String Quartet No. 3 by Hungarian composer Bela Bartók. The concert will conclude with the String Quartet in G major, Op. 106, by Czech composer Antonín Dvorák.

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.”

Tickets to this concert are $25–$35, $15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

The concert is part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at Yale. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven. MORE

Published December 27, 2011
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Linden Quartet kicks off its Yale School of Music residency with a diverse concert on October 10

“Remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality… delivered with a palpable, infectious joy.”
– Seen and Heard

The Yale School of Music presents a performance by the Linden String Quartet on Sunday, October 10 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The program will include Haydn’s String Quartet in D major, Op. 20, no. 4; Dvorák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, “American,” and Dark Energy by the Canadian composer Kelly Marie-Murphy.

Haydn’s quartet is part of his groundbreaking Op. 20 that earned him the nickname “father of the string quartet.” Kelly-Marie Murphy’s single-movement piece explores the idea of dark energy, an antigravity force first postulated by Einstein in 1917 as a way of explaining why the universe doesn’t collapse. The work is both melodic and virtuosic, beginning softly and gaining momentum. Dvorák wrote his “American” quartet in 1893 during a summer spent in Iowa. He later said that he would not have written the piece “just so” if he hadn’t experienced the landscapes of the United States first-hand.

The Linden String Quartet is the new Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music. The ensemble succeeds the Jasper Quartet, who quickly became audience favorites during their time in New Haven. The Linden Quartet has recently won such prestigious competitions as the Fischoff and the Coleman, and they shared first prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition this past spring. At Yale, the members of the ensemble – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – study with the Tokyo String Quartet.


Published September 13, 2010
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Nash Ensemble to perform music for clarinet, horn, strings, and piano

Nash_EnsembleThe Chamber Music Society at Yale presents the Nash Ensemble, one of Britain’s finest and most adventurous chamber groups, at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 7 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The ensemble, which performs music for widely varied combinations of its twelve-person roster, will perform music for piano, clarinet, horn, and strings. The program in Sprague hall includes Vaughan Williams’s Quintet  for clarinet, horn, piano, violin, and cello in D major (1898); Paul Dukas’s Vilanelle for horn and piano; Schumann’s quirky Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) for clarinet, viola, and piano, Op. 132; and perhaps the best-known work of the evening, Dvorák’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87. The performers will be Ian Brown, piano; Richard Hosford, clarinet; Richard Watkins, horn; Marianne Thorsen, violin, James Boyd, viola; and Paul Watkins, cello.

tix1Tickets are $27-$34, students $14. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s new website, music.yale.edu, or call 203 432-4158. MORE

Published March 25, 2009
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Wendy Sharp performs chamber music for strings


The Yale School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Series recital by violinist Wendy Sharp on Saturday, February 29 at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall.

The program opens with Dohnányi’s Serenade in C major for String Trio, Op. 10 and continues with the Duo (1925) for Violin and Cello by the Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff. Culminating the evening will be Dvořák’s String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97, dubbed the “American” quintet because it was written during the summer that the composer spent in Iowa. Sharp, who is director of chamber music and a member of the violin faculty at Yale, will be joined by guest artists Marka Gustavsson, viola; Scott Kluksdahl, cello; Carol Rodland, viola; and Lauren Basney, violin. MORE

Published February 6, 2009
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