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Violist Ettore Causa, pianist Wei-Yi Yang perform Feb. 12 with violinist Julie Eskar

Ettore Causa, Wei-Yi Yang, and Julie Eskar

Ettore Causa, Wei-Yi Yang, and Julie Eskar

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents a recital featuring violist Ettore Causa and pianist Wei-Yi Yang, along with guest violinist Julie Eskar, on Friday, February 12 at 7:30 pm. The concert will include music by Mendelssohn, Nielsen, Penderecki, Fauré, and Bruch.

The program opens with two sonatas: Felix Mendelssohn’s Sonata for Viola and Piano in C minor, MWV Q14, and Carl Nielsen’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2, Op. 35. The two string players will team up for Krzysztof Penderecki’s Ciaccone for Violin and Viola.

Causa will perform his own arrangement of Gabriel Fauré’s Elegie, Op. 24, originally written for cello and orchestra. All three musicians will come together to close the concert with four selections from Max Bruch’s Pieces for Violin, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83. MORE

Published February 9, 2016
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Concert features complete Brahms piano quartets April 2

The Yale School of Music presents a performance of the complete Brahms quartets for piano and strings on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Pianist Boris Berman, guest violinist Julie Eskar, violist Ettore Causa, and cellist Clive Greensmith (of the Tokyo String Quartet) will join forces for an all-Brahms program.

The concert will open with the Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26, followed by the Quartet No. 3 in C minor. In the A major quartet, the serene main theme is initiated by the piano alone and is then echoed by the strings, establishing the dichotomy of keyboard against strings. The C minor quartet is one of Brahms’s darkest chamber works, outside of the lushly tranquil third movement, and is sometimes thought to reflect the composer’s love for Clara Schumann.

The night will conclude with Brahms’s tempestuous Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 60. This piece was the first chamber work of Brahms’ that the composer played in public.

The concert is part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, which is directed by David Shifrin. The performance begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Tickets are $20–$30, $10 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

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Published March 22, 2013
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Arabella String Quartet performs Feb. 23

Concert features music from Haydn, Debussy, and Smetana

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents the Arabella Quartet on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The quartet’s members include faculty members Sarita Kwok, violin, and Ettore Causa, viola, along with Julie Eskar, violin, and Alexander Lecarme, cello.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

After the quartet’s debut concert last season, the Boston Musical Intelligencer raved: “The group played like they had been together for years… with freedom, drive, and risk-taking that were quite astonishing in a debut performance.”

The program will include Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, Nº. 1, Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor, Op.10, and Smetana’s String Quartet Nº. 1 in E minor, From My Life.

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. MORE

Published February 14, 2013
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Faculty artists perform Brahms chamber music Jan. 31

Concert features Boris Berman, Ettore Causa, Clive Greensmith, & more

The Yale School of Music presents four prestigious performers in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Tuesday, January 31. Pianist Boris Berman, violinist Julie Eskar, violist Ettore Causa, and cellist Clive Greensmith (pictured at left, best known as part of the Tokyo String Quartet) will join forces for an all-Brahms program.

The concert will open with two Brahms trios: the Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40, and the Trio in A minor, Op. 114. The first trio was originally written for violin, horn, and piano, and here will be performed with viola instead of horn. The second piece, originally for clarinet, cello, and piano, will be performed in the version featuring violin instead of clarinet.

All four performers will come together to conclude the concert with Brahms’s Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60. The quartet is one of Brahms’s darkest chamber works, outside of the lushly serene third movement, and is sometimes thought to reflect the composer’s love for Clara Schumann.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. MORE

Published January 10, 2012
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