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Jonathan Brandani ’14 MM to lead Minnesota Opera

brandani_j_webYSM alumnus Jonathan Brandani ’14 MM will conduct the Minnesota Opera in upcoming performances of Puccini’s Tosca; the opera opens its run on March 13 with additional performances on March 18 and 20. He is also slated to lead the orchestra in a run of La Boheme opening in May 2017.

Brandani has served as Assistant Conductor to the Minnesota Opera since fall 2015 after beginning his tenure with the ensemble as a vocal coach. In addition to his position at the Minnesota Opera, Brandani serves as Music Director of the Lucca Opera Festival (Lucca, Italy). Previously, he served as associate conductor of both the Des Moines Metro Opera in Iowa the Yale Philharmonia from 2012–2014, where he worked as assistant and cover conductor for Shinik Hahm, James Conlon, Peter Oundjian, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Helmut Rilling. MORE

Published March 10, 2016
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Conducting fellows lead the Yale Philharmonia Feb. 28

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This post was updated Feb. 19 to reflect a change in time. The concert will begin at 8 pm.

The Yale School of Music presents its two conducting fellows, Jonathan Brandani and Louis Lohraseb, in a performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale on Friday, February 28, 2014. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, an intimate venue to hear a full orchestra.

The program includes selections by Wagner, Copland, and Beethoven. Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was composed as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son. Copland’s jazz-infused Music for the Theatre was written not for a specific play; Copland selected the title because the “music seemed to suggest a certain theatrical atmosphere.” MORE

Published February 17, 2014
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Conducting Fellows lead the Yale Philharmonia Mar. 1

Concert also features pianist Peter Frankl

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale led by the School’s conducting fellows, Paolo Bortolameolli and Jonathan Brandani, on Friday, March 1, 2013. Pianist Peter Frankl will also perform with the orchestra. The concert takes place at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

The performance will open with the Concertino No. 1 in E-flat major by the Classical-era Italian composer Pergolesi, conducted by Paolo BortolameolliStravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, conducted by Jonathan Brandani, will follow. The Suite is modeled after themes from Pergolesi’s music but infused with Stravinsky’s own style through modern harmonies and rhythmic modifications.

The second half of the program features two pieces by Mozart. Jonathan Brandani will conduct the Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453, which will feature piano soloist Peter Frankl. The Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, which Paolo Bortolameolli will conduct, is one of Mozart’s final three symphonies, a culmination of Mozart’s assimilation of the styles of Bach and Handel with his own classicism.

Paolo Bortolameolli and Jonathan Brandani study orchestral conducting with Shinik Hahm at the Yale School of Music. The annual Conducting Fellows Recital offers the opportunity for the fellows to conduct the Yale Philharmonia in concert.

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 February 19, 2013
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