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Yale Opera students and alumni perform in Warsaw in March 2016

Evanna Chiew

Evanna Chiew

Students and alumni of the Yale Opera program will perform in Warsaw, Poland on March 18 and 25, 2016 as part of the twentieth annual Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival. Each concert will offer different repertoire, with a program on March 18 program featuring one-act operas by Vaughan Williams and Holst, and the second program on March 25 featuring Krzysztof Penderecki conducting his own St. Luke Passion.

The Yale Opera singers involved in the performances are current students Evanna Chiew ’16 AD and Kathleen Reveille ’16 MM, and alumni Nicole Percifield ’15 AD, Eric Barry ’10 MM, ’11 AD, and David Pershall ’10 MM, ’11 AD. Krzysztof Penderecki is a former member of the Yale School of Music faculty.

For the Friday, March 18 concert, Evanna Chiew, Nicole Percifield, and Kathleen Reveille will each sing in a concert performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s one-act opera, Riders to the Sea. The performance will feature additional cast members Gary Griffiths and Anna Fijałkowska, along with the Warsaw Philharmonic Women’s Chamber Choir and the Warsaw Chamber Opera Sinfonietta conducted by Łukasz Borowicz. MORE

Published February 29, 2016
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Yale-trained opera singer Eric Barry joins Mizuno JPX golf team

barry_eric_webBy Joe Amarante • New Haven Register

Growing up in tiny Sundown, Texas, opera singer Eric Barry would find solace toward the end of a hard day by hitting golf balls from his front lawn to the first hole of the golf course across the street.

“And I’d take my putter and an 8 iron, and I’d play holes 2, 3, 4 and 5, and I’d walk back home,” Barry said.

At 33, Barry brings the same approach to golf as he does to singing. And he recently was rewarded for that connection, being chosen by Mizuno to be part of Team JPX, a 12-person roster of “game-improvement” amateurs to be featured in its Play Famously marketing campaign. MORE

Published September 2, 2014
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Yale Philharmonia performs new music Dec. 8

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia in a concert on Thursday, December 8, 2011. Shinik Hahm will conduct the orchestra in new music by graduate students in the School of Music’s composition program. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The program will open with Paul Kerekes’s “Timber” and Christopher Rogerson’s “Oaken Sky.” Daniel Wohl’s “Found Object – Faded Music” is written for orchestra and mixed media. The first half will conclude with Justin Tierney’s “Passa,” described by the composer as a “series of narrative-based variations on two different theme groups and a rhythm.” The distinct musical ideas “interact and overlap, driving the narrative forward to its explosive conclusion.”

The second half opens with Hannah Lash’s “Music for Loss.” Eric Barry ’11AD is the tenor soloist in “By the Open Window,” written by Emmy Award-winning composer Garth Neustadter.

Kathryn Salfelder will conduct her own work, “Lux Perpetua,” written for soprano saxophone and orchestra. Geoffrey Landman is the saxophone soloist. The piece, according to the composer, “explores the many facets of light.” It was commissioned by the Albany Symphony and premiered on October 22, 2011. The concert concludes with Loren Loiacono’s “Stalks, hounds.”

Yang Jiao and Paolo Bortolameolli, both conducting students at the School of Music, will serve as assistant conductors to the Yale Philharmonia. The concert is part of the New Music New Haven concert series, which is directed by faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis. MORE

Published November 23, 2011
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