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Yale Philharmonia, Camerata, Glee Club perform Mahler’s Second Symphony Sep. 19

Shinik Hahm, conductor

Shinik Hahm, conductor

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia in its first concert of the 2014–2015 season on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The orchestra, joined by the Yale Camerata and Yale Glee Club, will perform Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” The concert will also be live streamed; click here to listen. LIVE STREAM

Shinik Hahm will conduct. The vocal soloists are Emily Workman, soprano, and Leah Hawkins, mezzo-soprano, both students in the Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music.

This symphony, which runs around 90 minutes, was one of the composer’s most popular pieces during his lifetime, and its appeal to audiences continues today. The piece is known as the “Resurrection” Symphony because its texts address themes of death and the afterlife. MORE

Published September 4, 2014
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Guest conductor James Conlon leads the Yale Philharmonia Oct. 18

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The Yale School of Music presents the distinguished conductor James Conlon  leading the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale on Friday, October 18, 2013. Conlon, a specialist in the music of Benjamin Britten, will conduct Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

2013 marks the centenary of Benjamin Britten, and Conlon is engaged in a three-year project to mark the anniversary. Britten wrote the Sinfonia da Requiem in 1940, when he was 26 years old, as a protest against the Second World War. The piece’s use of the Latin titles from the Catholic Requiem, its somber mood, and its subtle militaristic allusions all contribute to the pacifist composer’s message. MORE

Published September 24, 2013
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Yale Philharmonia pairs Haydn and Mahler Feb. 24

Featuring guest conductor Xu Zhong, cellist Wang Jian, and more

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert of music for chamber orchestra on Friday, February 24 at 8 pm.

Renowned cellist Aldo Parisot will conduct his former student Wang Jian (pictured at left) in a Haydn cello concerto, and Chinese conductor Xu Zhong will lead the orchestra in the chamber arrangement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.

While the Yale Philharmonia usually performs in Woolsey Hall, this concert will be performed in the more intimate space of Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, corner of Wall Street).

The concert opens with Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major, featuring soloist Jian Wang, a graduate of the School of Music (’88 CERT) and a protégé of the late Isaac Stern. The renowned cellist Aldo Parisot, who last year celebrated his fiftieth year on the Yale faculty, will conduct the concerto.

In 1921, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G major – already the most compact of Mahler’s symphonies – was arranged for a small chamber orchestra. The arrangement was created for Vienna’s Society for Private Musical Performances, which offered enthusiasts a way to hear new compositions. MORE

Published January 24, 2012
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Peter Oundjian guest conducts the Yale Philharmonia in Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and more April 1

Bass-baritone Tyler Simpson, winner of the Woolsey Competition, sings Strauss

Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street at Grove Street, New Haven). The concert will feature Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony as well as music of Bedřich Smetana and Richard Strauss. Oundjian, a longtime faculty member at the Yale School of Music, was recently appointed the music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The program opens with Smetana’s Šárka, one of the six tone poems from the series Má Vlast (“Homeland”). It is named for the female warrior Šárka, a fierce figure in the Czech legend of the Maidens’ War. Bass-baritone Tyler Simpson, a graduate of the Yale Opera program and a winner of the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, will sing Notturno, a song by Strauss on a text by Richard Dehmel. Dehmel’s poem tells the story of an encounter with Death in a dark, snow-covered landscape. Holly Piccoli will play the solo violin line, which depicts the moment that Death plays a violin.

Mahler’s epic Fifth Symphony will constitute the second half of the concert. The conductor Herbert von Karajan once said that when listening to the work, “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience.”

This performance is free and open to the public. MORE

Published March 4, 2011
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Yale Philharmonia offers Mahler, Berg, and Akiho’s new steel pan concerto January 21

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and conductor Shinik Hahm on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall. The concert will open with Andy Akiho’s new Concerto for Steel Pans, which received its premiere December 9 in Sprague Hall. Akiho, a trained percussionist as well as composer who has studied steel pan culture in Trinidad, will be the soloist in the piece. Akiho’s concerto was selected by the Yale School of Music’s composition faculty to be performed on this program.

Soprano Janna Baty will join the orchestra to perform excerpts from Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck. The opera, based on Georg Büchner’s play Woyzeck, was a succès de scandale at its premiere in 1925 and quickly took off across Europe. Baty, a member of the School of Music faculty, has been praised by the Boston Herald for her “voice brimming with richness and confidence.”

The concert will close with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, called “The Titan” not for its size – though a performance requires about 100 musicians and lasts about one hour – but because Mahler originally based the work on Jean Paul’s novel of the same name. MORE

Published December 15, 2010
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Yale Philharmonia to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 4

Concert opens with Brahms, including the Variations on a Theme of Haydn

Hahm_conducting_a_emailMusic director Shinik Hahm will lead the Yale Philharmonia in a program of Brahms and Mahler on Friday, October 23 at 8 pm. The free concert will take place in historic Woolsey Hall, where nearly 100 years ago (in February of 1910) Mahler himself conducted the illustrious New York Philharmonic in a concert of music ranging from Bach to Berlioz. Mahler will be represented by his Symphony No. 4. The last movement of this popular work will feature the Korean soprano Jihee Kim, a young artist in the Yale Opera program. Two well-known pieces by Johannes Brahms comprise the first half of the concert: the Academic Festival Overture and Variations on a Theme of Haydn. MORE

Published October 8, 2009
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