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Faculty Artist Series features Wendy Sharp Oct. 18

sharpThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents award-winning violinist Wendy Sharp in recital on Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 pm. Ms. Sharp will be joined by pianist Joel Wizansky.

The recital will open with Dvořák’s Sonatina for violin and piano, followed by Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor. Prokofiev described parts of this sonata as “wind passing through a graveyard,” and movements from the work were played at the composer’s funeral.

After intermission, the program’s mood will lighten with works by two YSM faculty composers. First is Aaron Jay Kernis’s Air, which the composer describes as “a love letter to the violin.” MORE

Published October 2, 2015
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Faculty violinist Wendy Sharp performs music from Telemann to today Nov. 9

sharpThe Yale School of Music presents a recital by violinist Wendy Sharp on Sunday, November 9 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. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Wendy Sharp, the winner of numerous competitions, is the coordinator of chamber music at YSM. Sharp will play with pianist Joel Wizansky, who has been praised by the Washington Post for his “emotional and rich performance, sparkling runs, beautiful phrasing, and dramatic interpretation.” MORE

Published October 29, 2014
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Violinist Wendy Sharp performs recital with pianist Joel Wizansky Oct. 20

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The Yale School of Music presents a recital by violinist Wendy Sharp with pianist Joel Wizansky on Sunday, October 20th 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. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Wendy Sharp, the winner of numerous competitions, is the coordinator of chamber music at YSM. Joel Wizansky has been praised by the Washington Post for his “emotional and rich performance, sparkling runs, beautiful phrasing, and dramatic interpretation.” MORE

Published September 25, 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.

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Published October 10, 2012
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Wendy Sharp performs music of Beethoven, Bielawa, and more

Nov. 6 concert also features pianist Joel Wizansky

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents Wendy Sharp, violin, and Joel Wizansky, piano in concert on Sunday, November 6th at 4 pm. The program brings together music related to words in various ways, from a suite based on Shakespeare to a piece incorporating narration.

The concert opens with the brief Scherzo by Johannes Brahms based on a motive of the pitches F, A, and E. Next comes a suite of incidental music for Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” The suite is an early work by Erich Korngold, who went on to become a leading composers of film music.

The first half closes with a piece by 2009 Prix de Rome recipient and Yale alumna Lisa Bielawa. Her “Meditations” for solo violin are drawn from her larger work, “The Lay of Love and Death,” whose name and texts come from Rainer Maria Rilke’s epic poem contemplating the loss of innocence. The composer will recite Rilke’s poetry between the movements for solo violin.

The second half of the program features Beethoven’s virtuosic and passionate “Kreutzer” Sonata in A major, Op. 47. This sonata is considered, along with the Third Symphony, to demonstrate the beginnings of Beethoven’s revolutionary turn to the Romantic. Among the many artists who have been inspired by this sonata is Leo Tolstoy, whose novella The Kreutzer Sonata in turn inspired a painting, a play, and several film adaptations.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Wendy Sharp, award-winning violinist, performs frequently as a recitalist and a chamber musician. In demand as a teacher and chamber music coach, she is on the faculties of the Yale School of Music and California Summer Music, and maintains a private studio.  For nearly a decade, Ms. Sharp was the first violinist and a founding member of the Franciscan String Quartet. As a member of the quartet she toured the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and was honored with many awards including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Press and City of Evian prizes at the Evian International String Quartet Competition. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, she attended Yale University, graduating summa cum laude with distinction in music, and received her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ms. Sharp has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Dartmouth College, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Choate Rosemary Hall, and has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, Chamber Music West, Norfolk, Britten-Pears, and Music Academy of the West festivals. Ms. Sharp is currently the director of chamber music at the Yale School of Music, where she has also served on the violin faculty since 1997.

Joel Wizansky is acclaimed by audiences and musicians alike for his combination of fiery intensity and probing musicianship. The Washington Post wrote of his “emotional and rich performance, sparkling runs, beautiful phrasing, and dramatic interpretation.” After his debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age 17, he went on to win numerous awards, including first prize in the Helen Hart International Piano Competition and the Yale Gordon Competition and fifth prize in the Marguerite Long International Competition. He has performed frequently in recital and with orchestras in the United States, Europe, Taiwan, and Korea and has been heard in broadcast performances in New York, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Chicago. His first solo compact disc, “A Brahms Recital,” was released in 2001 on the MRC label. He is also a noted chamber musician and collaborator, and has performed in duo recitals at Carnegie Hall, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and many other venues. He has served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory and is currently a staff pianist at the Yale School of Music.

Composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a 2009 Rome Prize winner in musical composition. She moved to New York two weeks after receiving her B.A. in literature in 1990 from Yale University, and became an active participant in New York musical life. She frequently takes inspiration for her work from literary sources and close artistic collaborations. Gramophone reports, “Bielawa is gaining gale force as a composer, churning out impeccably groomed works that at once evoke the layered precision of Vermeer and the conscious recklessness of Jackson Pollock,” and The New York Times describes her music as “ruminative, pointillistic, and harmonically slightly tart.”

Published October 18, 2011
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Faculty violinist Wendy Sharp joined by pianist Joel Wizansky in November 7 recital

Program celebrates anniversaries of Barber, Chopin, and Schumann, presents multiple U.S. premieres

The Yale School of Music presents a performance by Wendy Sharp, violin and Joel Wizansky, piano on Sunday, November 7 at 4 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street) as part of the School’s Faculty Artist Series. The program will bring together works by Mozart, Schumann, Chopin, Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Theofanidis, and Chris Rogerson.

In addition to Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in F major, K. 376, Ms. Sharp and Mr. Wizansky will perform Robert Schumann’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 105, and two pieces by Frédéric Chopin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the births of these two great nineteeth-century composers. The Chopin works are his Nocturnes in C-sharp minor and E-flat major, transcribed for violin and piano by two legendary violinists, Pablo de Sarasate and Nathan Milstein.

The Chris Rogerson work, Lullaby: no bad dreams, was commissioned by the Curtis Institute as a companion piece to a sonata by Samuel Barber – born one hundred years ago – that is missing one movement. Rogerson is a composition student at the Yale School of Music, where two of the other composers on the program are on the faculty. Aaron Jay Kernis’s Dance of Life, based on a painting by Charles Munch, will receive its US premiere. Christopher Theofanidis’s Fantasy was written for Sarah Chang and is based on the second movement of the composer’s violin concerto. MORE

Published October 15, 2010
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