Tafelmusik brings House of Dreams to Yale Mar. 5

“One of the world’s top baroque orchestras.”
– Gramophone

The Yale School of Music presents Tafelmusik in the multimedia program House of Dreams on Tuesday, March 5 at 8 pm, in Morse Recital Hall.

House of Dreams is a groundbreaking and world-renowned venture into the collaboration between visual and musical arts in the time of Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, and Bach. Planned as an international project involving the Handel House Museum (London), the Palazzo Smith Mangilli-Valmarana (Venice), the Golden ABC (Delft), the Palais-Royal (Paris), and the Bach Museum and Archive (Leipzig), in conjunction with extensive historical research, House of Dreams is a performance experience that evokes the locations and exact settings, including the visual artistic masterpieces, that inspired some of the greatest baroque composers of the age.

Tafelmusik has been hailed as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” by Gramophone Magazine. In recent seasons, the orchestra made its debut at Carnegie Hall to sold-out performances that The New York Times praised for “stately, buoyant, and crisply etched playing… elegant phrasing and lithe clarity.” The Toronto-based period instrument orchestra has toured worldwide, and is the only Canadian orchestra to have held an annual international residency at the Klang und Raum Festival (Germany).

This concert is presented jointly by the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, directed by David Shifrin, and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, directed by William Purvis. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

Tickets 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.

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Published February 25, 2013
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Pianist Ryo Yanagitani opens 2013 with Jan. 10 concert

Doctor of Musical Arts recital includes music of Handel, Debussy, Chopin, and more

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring pianist Ryo Yanagitani on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

The gold medal medal winner of the prestigious San Antonio International Piano Competition in 2009, Yanagitani will play a program featuring music from the Baroque to today. The concert begins at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.

Yanagitani will open the program with Handel‘s Keyboard Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428, followed by Debussy‘s suite Pour le Piano. The first half closes with the evocative Butterflies and Bobcats by the contemporary Canadian composer David L. McIntyre.

The recital concludes with Chopin‘s popular and virtuosic Ballades, a set of four pieces that earned Yanagitani a special prize in the San Antonio Competition.

The concert begins at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. The Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) is the highest degree awarded by the School of Music. MORE

Published December 21, 2012
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William Christie leads the Yale Philharmonia in all-Handel concert

Feb. 25 concert also features harpsichordist Arthur Haas, new Yale Choral Artists

The Yale School of Music presents guest conductor William Christie in an all-Handel concert on Saturday, February 25. Christie, a graduate of the School of Music and the founder of the acclaimed early music ensemble Les Arts Florissants, returns to Yale to lead the Yale Philharmonia and the new Yale Choral Artists in a program dedicated to the music of George Frideric Handel.

The renowned keyboard player Arthur Haas will play harpsichord and organ. The four members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble, a post-graduate ensemble dedicated to historical performance practice, will be the orchestra’s principal string players for this concert.

The concert opens with Handel’s stately overture to the oratorio Solomon and continues with the Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline, The Ways of Zion Do Mourn. The second half of the concert features the Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 6, HWV 324. The Yale Choral Artists re-join the orchestra to conclude the concert with the celebratory Coronation Anthem No. 3: The King Shall Rejoice.

The New Yorker wrote that Christie’s “position in the world of early music is not unlike that of Zeus in a Baroque-opera production, gliding over the mortals in a bright chariot.” The Guardian notes that Christie’s contributions to early music have seen him “honored by academia, critics, the public and the French state.” MORE

Published February 1, 2012
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The Pleasure Garden: Concerti from Handel’s London

Robert Mealy leads baroque orchestra in music of Handel, Festing, and Boyce

The Yale School of Music presents a program for baroque chamber orchestra called The Pleasure Garden: Concerti from Handel’s London on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street at the corner of Wall Street, New Haven).

London’s eighteenth-century “pleasure gardens” offered the chance to enjoy music along with food and drink. Students from Robert Mealy’s class in baroque orchestral performance will perform music written for the gardens, including symphonies and concerti grossi by George Frideric Handel and two British composers whose music is rarely heard today. The violin virtuoso Michael Christian Festing was the musical director of the fashionable Ranelagh Gardens for ten years, writing music and leading the ensemble. William Boyce wrote hugely popular instrumental music that was played in the gardens.

Robert Mealy (left), described by the New Yorker as “a world-class early music violinist,” is a professor of violin and early music at Yale, where he leads ensembles such as the Yale Collegium Musicum players and the Yale Baroque Ensemble. Students in his baroque orchestral performance class perform on the Yale School of Music’s replicas of baroque instruments, and string players utilize the School’s collection of baroque bows.

Published April 4, 2011
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Violinist Wendy Sharp and friends perform music spanning three centuries

The Yale School of Music will present violinist Wendy Sharp and colleagues in a Faculty Artist Recital on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 4 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Sharp will be joined by violist Marka Gustavsson, cellist Mimi Hwang, and pianist Melvin Chen in a program of music spanning three centuries.

The concert will open with the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia for violin and cello, a piece that Halvorsen adapted from a keyboard suite by Handel. Chen, a graduate of Yale College and a former faculty member of the Yale School of Music, will play Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque, best known for its gentle third movement, “Clair de Lune.” The first half will conclude with the world premiere of John Halle’s Many Returns for violin and viola. The second half of the program will feature all four musicians in the Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26, by Johannes Brahms. MORE

Published January 14, 2011
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Nicholas McGegan: “Celebration of Four Masters”


Nicholas McGegan, acclaimed by The New Yorker as “an expert in eighteenth-century style,” will conduct choral and orchestral works of Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, and George Frideric Handel on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 4 pm in Woolsey Hall. The concert is a “Celebration of Four Masters”— a reference to McGegan and the three featured composers — and coincides with the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death and the 200th anniversary of both Mendelssohn’s birth and Haydn’s death. McGegan will conduct the Yale Philharmonia (Shinik Hahm, director) and Yale Collegium Players (Robert Mealy, director) in Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 “Drum Roll,” and a selection of works for chorus and orchestra: Haydn’s Te Deum in C and Der Sturm with the Yale Camerata (Marguerite Brooks, conductor); Mendelssohn’s Verleih uns Frieden and Hear My Prayer with the Yale Glee Club (Jeffrey Douma, director); Haydn’s Salve Regina with the Yale Voxtet (James Taylor, director); and Handel’s As Pants the Hart and Te Deum in A with the Yale Schola Cantorum (Simon Carrington, director). The program concludes with the combined choruses and instrumentalists in Handel’s “Hallelujah” Chorus from Messiah.

The concert is a presentation of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale School of Music, and the Yale Glee Club. Admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu, www.yale.edu/ism, or call 203-432-4158.

Acclaimed by the Glasgow Herald as “a wizard who can make music soar in apparent defiance of gravity,” Nicholas McGegan has been the Music Director of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) for more than twenty years and since 1991 the Artistic Director of Germany’s International Handel-Festival at Gottingen. Mr. McGegan is an active recording artist, with an extensive discography with the PBO and other performing groups, including the Gottingen Festival Opera and Orchestra and the Arcadian Academy. Mr. McGegan’s world-premiere recording of Handel’s Susanna earned a Gramophone Award. His most recent recordings include music by Handel and Mendelssohn for Carus, Romanza, featuring works of Hummel, Lachner and Weber, and Handel’s Atalanta and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, both with PBO.  Born in England and educated at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, Mr. McGegan has an honorary degree from London’s Royal College of Music and was elected an Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in 2006.

Published February 2, 2009
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