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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Vista explores colorful range of chamber music Dec. 10

Concert features both traditional and unconventional ensembles

The Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 8 pm. The Vista series features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty. Each ensemble not only performs but also offers insight into the music through spoken commentary. This concert will offer music by Haydn, Poulenc, Frank Martin, and Anton Arensky.

The program will open with Haydn’s String Quartet in D major, “Lark,” Op. 64, No. 5, and will continue with Poulenc’s insouciant Sextet for Piano and Winds.

Frank Martin’s “Poèmes de la Mort” sets texts by François Villon to an unusual ensemble of three male voices and three electric guitars. The singers are students in the School of Music’s vocal track in early music, song, and chamber ensemble.

Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, often considered the finest work by this Russian Romantic composer, will conclude the program.
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Published November 21, 2011
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“Passionate, uninhibited, and spellbinding” Brentano String Quartet performs Oct. 18

brentano-quartetPianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn joins to play Ginastera

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, October 18 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. In addition to string quartets by Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert, the ensemble will perform a quintet with pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

The concert opens with the last string quartets that Haydn and Beethoven each wrote: Haydn’s unfinished Quartet in D minor, Op. 103, and Beethoven’s Quartet in F major, Op. 135. This is the piece in which Beethoven inscribed the existential question, “Must it be?” and answered, “It must be!”

Schubert’s posthumous Quartettsatz (movement for string quartet) in C minor, D. 703, will open the second half of the program.

The Brentano Quartet will then join forces with acclaimed pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn to perform Alberto Ginastera’s Quintet for piano and strings, Op. 29, written in 1963. Solzhenitsyn is widely respected as an orchestral conductor, and as a chamber musician has collaborated with Mitsuko Uchida as well as the Emerson, Borodin, and St. Petersburg string quartets.
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Published September 27, 2011
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Tokyo String Quartet premieres Jeffrey Ryan’s “Inspirare” Sep. 20

Quartet celebrates 35 years in residence at Yale School of Music, opens season for chamber music series

The chamber music series at the Yale School of Music opens its 2011–2012 season with the Tokyo String Quartet on Tuesday, September 20 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The concert will feature the U.S. premiere of Jeffrey Ryan’s String Quartet No. 4, “Inspirare.” The ensemble will also perform Haydn’s String Quartet in G major, Op. 77, No. 1, and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131.

One of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, the Tokyo String Quartet is celebrating its thirty-fifth year in residence at the Yale School of Music. The New York Times has praised the quartet for nothing less than “exemplary chamber music,” and the Toronto Star has called it “an established ensemble playing as one living, breathing organism.”

“Inspirare,” by Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan, was commissioned by Music Toronto for the Tokyo String Quartet. The title is Latin for “to breathe into.” As Ryan writes: “It is breath that has inspired this single-movement work for string quartet. The three major ensemble sections are framed by four extended solos, each with a different character and rooted in the pitch of a different open string. The spotlight is shone in turn on each member of the quartet, while the ensemble sections bring all four together in varied combinations.”

This concert series, formerly known as the Chamber Music Society at Yale, has been freshly renamed the Oneppo Chamber Music Series. The new name honors Vincent Oneppo, who served Yale throughout his rich career after graduating from the School of Music. Many people, noted Dean Robert Blocker, “are familiar with his vital role in directing the chamber music series over the years and in bringing many of the world’s finest performers to New Haven. Upon his retirement last fall, it seemed fitting to honor both him and the series in this manner.” MORE

Published August 29, 2011
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Miró Quartet plays with Julie Landsman March 29

Quartets by Haydn and Brahms, plus Gunther Schuller’s Horn Quintet

“Explosive vigor and technical finesse.”
– New York Times

The Chamber Music Society at Yale presents the Miró String Quartet on Tuesday, March 29 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The quartet, which has earned praise for both its “understated wisdom” (New York Magazine) and its “full-blooded, freely rhapsodic approach” (Washington Post), will open its program with two string quartets: Joseph Haydn’s Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 33, No. 2, nicknamed “The Joke,” and the Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 51, No. 1 of Johannes Brahms.

French hornist Julie Landsman, who is the principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, will join the Miró Quartet for Gunther Schuller’s Quintet for horn and strings. The Quintet was written in 2009 and was premiered by Landsman and the Miró Quartet at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival that year.

Schuller taught composition at the Yale School of Music as well as many other institutions. He himself played horn, becoming principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony at the youthful age of seventeen and joining the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera two years later.

Tickets to this concert are $20 to $30, $10 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published March 1, 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.

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Published September 13, 2010
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Tokyo String Quartet in Chamber Music Society’s first concert of the New Year

January 26 program includes music of Haydn, Barber, and Beethoven

tokyo_v_emailThe Tokyo String Quartet, one of today’s foremost chamber ensembles, will perform at the Yale School of Music on Tuesday, January 26 at 8 pm. The quartet has been in residence at the School of Music for the past 33 years and appears in recital every semester. Their performance this January will open with Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 76 no. 4. In honor of the centenary of Samuel Barber’s birth, they will play the composer’s sole string quartet, Op. 11. The work’s second movement is familiar to many audiences in its arrangement as Barber’s beloved Adagio. Beethoven’s fiery String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 no. 2, concludes the program.

The members of the Tokyo String Quartet are Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda, violins; Kazuhide Isomura, viola; and Clive Greensmith, cello. The performance will take place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven) and is presented by the Chamber Music Society at Yale; David Shifrin is the series’ artistic director. MORE

Published January 11, 2010
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Jasper Quartet performs Haydn, Auerbach, and Smetana

jasper_v_emailThe up-and-coming Jasper String Quartet, rapidly becoming a favorite with audiences and critics alike, will offer a free recital on Monday, October 19 at 8 pm. The performance will feature the music of Haydn, Auerbach, and Smetana and will take place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The evening will open with Haydn’s Quartet in G major, Op. 76, No. 1 and will continue with Lera Auerbach’s third quartet, the Cetera desunt – Sonnet for String Quartet, in which the structure of a sonnet influences the internal rhymes of the music. Concluding the program is Smetana’s introspective, deeply personal String Quartet No. 1, “From My Life.” The Jasper Quartet is the Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, where they study with the Tokyo String Quartet. The members are J Freivogel and Sae Niwa, violin; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson, cello. MORE

Published October 6, 2009
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Tokyo String Quartet to perform Haydn, Beethoven, and Bartok

tokyo_stringsThe Tokyo String Quartet, one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, will perform three powerhouse works on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 8 pm. Artists in residence at the Yale School of Music for the past 33 years, the quartet appears in recital every semester. Their performance this October will open with Haydn’s Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5, and will continue with Beethoven’s “Serioso” Quartet in F minor, Op. 95. The evening will conclude with Bartók’s Quartet No. 6, the last work Bartók wrote in his native Hungary before emigrating to the United States in 1939.

The Tokyo Quartet’s performance, which is presented by the Chamber Music Society at Yale, will take place on Tuesday, October 20 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The members of the Tokyo String Quartet are Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda, violins; Kazuhide Isomura, viola; and Clive Greensmith, cello. MORE

Published October 1, 2009
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YSM students perform at the Kennedy Center

kennedy-center-lobby_webFourteen students from the Yale School of Music will perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Monday, May 25 at 6:00 pm. The concert is part of the the Conservatory Project, a series of events presenting the finest young artists from the country’s foremost conservatories.

The varied program includes solo and ensemble performances of music by Haydn, Verdi, Bizet, and Prokofiev, as well as less well-known composers such as Keiko Abe, Jorge Morel, and Robert Beaser. Solo piano, guitar, and marimba are featured, as well as vocal works, a string quartet, and a brass quintet. MORE

Published May 18, 2009
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