Dancing Through Time: May 3 concert features suites by Lully, Purcell, Rameau

Baroque orchestra led by Robert Mealy

The Yale School of Music will present a concert called Dancing Through Time on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 8 pm. Featuring orchestral suites by Lully, Purcell, and Rameau, the concert will take place in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

The concert explores the rich world of the French Baroque suite, with dances from Lully’s Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Purcell’s King Arthur, as well as an orchestral suite taken from Rameau’s astonishing score of Dardanus.

Members of the orchestra have been studying baroque performance with Robert Mealy, a professor of violin and early music at Yale. Described by the New Yorker as “a world-class early music violinist,” Mealy 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.

No tickets are required; the concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu. MORE

Published April 17, 2012
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Yale School of Music presents Chaos and Order: dance suites from the French baroque, December 6

Program directed by celebrated early music specialist Robert Mealy

The Yale School of Music will present Chaos and Order, a concert of orchestral dance suites from the French baroque, on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Robert Mealy, “New York’s world-class early music violinist” (The New Yorker), will direct graduate instrumentalists from his Baroque performance practice class. The concert will feature three brilliant and inventive orchestral suites from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including incidental music from Lully’s Thésée and Rameau’s Pigmalion. The evening also includes a rare performance of Jean-Féry Rebel’s unusual ballet Les Elemens, a work that opens with a depiction of chaos in which all the notes of the scale are sounded at once. Rebel’s ballet suite goes on to illustrate the various elements (earth, air, fire, and water) that form the world, along with that most important element of all: love. MORE

Published November 23, 2010
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