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Miami String Quartet performs April 5

Miami String Quartet

Miami String Quartet

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Miami String Quartet on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 pm. The quartet will perform works by Beethoven, Schulhoff, and Mendelssohn.

The program will open with Beethoven‘s String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso,” which Beethoven initially composed to experiment with compositional techniques, never intending it for public performance. The resulting work contains the initial attempts at many techniques that Beethoven would come to perfect in his later works.

Next on the program is Schulhoff‘s Five Pieces for String Quartet, a neoclassical work that offers a glimpse into two eras by layering the spiky dissonances and rhythmic drive of the avant-garde atop an ornate baroque dance suite.    MORE

Published March 9, 2016
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Smithsonian Chamber Players Piano Trio performs at Collection March 2

Smithsonian_piano_trioThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the Smithsonian Chamber Players Piano Trio on Sunday, March 2 at 3 pm.

The trio of Vera Beths, violin; Kenneth Slowik, cello; and Pedja Muzijevic, fortepiano, will perform music from the early Romantic period, with selections by Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn. MORE

Published February 19, 2014
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Ole Akahoshi and Elizabeth Parisot perform together at Yale Feb. 20

Program includes music of Bach, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn

The Yale School of Music presents a recital by Ole Akahoshi, cello, and Elizabeth Parisot, piano, on Wednesday, February 20 at 8 pm.The concert is part of the Faculty Artist Series, which presents members of the YSM faculty in programs that are free and open to the public.

The program opens with J.S. Bach’s Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D major, BVW 1028, and continues with Beethoven’s Sonata for piano and cello in D major, Op. 102, No. 2.

Mendelssohn’s Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 58, will conclude the evening. Of the four movements in Mendelssohn’s sonata, the Adagio reflects Bach’s influence in its rich piano arpeggios and recitative-style cello passages.

Admission to the performance is free. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published February 13, 2013
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Tokyo String Quartet performs in Morse Recital Hall for the last time Jan. 22

Concert features string quartets by Haydn, Bartók, Mendelssohn

The Yale School of Music presents a concert featuring the Tokyo String Quartet on Tuesday, January 22. It will be the group’s last performance on the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music; this is the ensemble’s last season before retirement. In this valedictory performance, the quartet will perform music by Hadyn, Bartók, and Mendelssohn.

For the past 42 years, the Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics with “rock-solid ensemble playing and immaculate, razor-edged precision” (Washington Post). Since 1976, they have also been in residence at the Yale School of Music, coaching chamber music and mentoring young ensembles.

The concert opens with Haydn’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, No. 3, nicknamed “Rider” for the galloping rhythms in the last movement. Bartók’s Fourth String Quartet, composed in 1927, follows.

Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 4 in E minor, written in 1837, was one of the composer’s favorites, and it was immediately popular with audiences as well. The piece will be the last that the quartet plays on the stage of Morse Recital Hall.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets are $30–$40, $20 with student ID. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.


Published January 3, 2013
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Jasper String Quartet returns to Yale for Dec. 11 concert with pianist Wei-Yi Yang

Program features music by Mendelssohn, Ligeti, and Schumann

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Jasper String Quartet on Tuesday, December 11 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The program will feature string quartets by Mendelssohn and Ligeti, as well as Schumann’s majestic piano quintet with faculty pianist Wei-Yi Yang.

The concert opens with Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80. One of composer’s last major works, this piece was written in the shadow of the death of his sister, Fanny.

In Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1, subtitled “Metamorphoses nocturnes,” variations of the opening motif progress throughout the piece while exploring different textures and tone colors.

After intermission, pianist Wei-Yi Yang will join the ensemble for Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44. The piece, which showcases both conversational passages among the five instruments as well as passages setting the piano against the strings, helped establish the piano quintet as a serious genre.

The Jasper String Quartet was the Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music 2008–2010, studying with the Tokyo String Quartet. The members of the quartet are J Frevogel and Sae Chonabayashi, violins; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello. MORE

Published December 10, 2012
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Ole Akahoshi & Elizabeth Parisot perform May 4

Faculty Artist Series presents its last concert of the season

The Yale School of Music presents the cellist Ole Akahoshi and the pianist Elizabeth Parisot in concert on Friday, May 4. The concert, which takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, will mark the close of the 2011–2012 season for the Faculty Artist Series.

Akahoshi and Parisot will open with music from the Romantic period: Felix Mendelssohn’s youthful Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17, and Johannes Brahms’s expansive Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38.

The second half of the concert explores music of France and Spain, beginning with the Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 123, by Camille Saint-Saëns. The evening concludes with Manuel de Falla’s Suite populaire Espagnole, a set of six popular Spanish songs arranged for cello and piano.

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.

For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published April 23, 2012
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Clive Greensmith & Wei-Yi Yang perform Mendelssohn duets Apr. 19

Featuring the historical Erard piano in the Collection of Musical Instruments

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents cellist Clive Greensmith and pianist Wei-Yi Yang in a concert featuring music of Mendelssohn on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The program will take place at 8 pm at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

Greensmith and Yang will perform duets by Felix Mendelssohn for cello and piano: the two Cello Sonatas – No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 45, and No. 2 in D major, Op. 58 – as well as the Variations concertantes, Op. 17, and the Song Without Words in D major, Op. 109.

Yang, whose performances have been described by critics as “sensational” (New York Times) and “a joy to behold” (Classics Today), will play the Collection’s Erard grand piano, made in France in 1884. Greensmith, the cellist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, also enjoys international acclaim as a soloist.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance. MORE

Published April 4, 2012
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Yale Philharmonia performs with Shinik Hahm, Lindsay Garritson Nov. 17

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert featuring Romantic music on Thursday, November 17, 2011. Shinik Hahm will conduct the orchestra, and Lindsay Garritson will be the piano soloist. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, corner of Grove Street).

Mendelssohn’s Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will open the concert, and pianist Lindsay Garritson will perform the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor. Garritson, a graduate of the School of Music, appears as a winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition. She is also a prizewinner in competitions such as the Montreal International Piano Competition, Mozarteum International Chopin Competition, and MTNA Young Artist Competition.

The second half of the concert will feature Rachmaninoff’s three-movement Symphonic Dances. The last work that Rachmaninoff completed, it showcases the orchestra’s rich variety of tone colors.

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.


The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale is one of America’s foremost music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire. Performances include an annual series of concerts in Woolsey Hall, as well as Yale Opera productions in the Schubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale has performed on numerous occasions in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Shinik Hahm, the resident conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, has been a professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music since 2004. A dynamic and innovative musician, Hahm is sought after among North American, South American, European, and Asian orchestras. In 2006 Maestro Hahm completed his tenure as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, with which he toured the U.S. in 2004 and Japan in 2005. Hahm served as Music Director of the Abilene (Tex.) Philharmonic Orchestra for a decade (1993-2003), successfully converting the community ensemble into a professional regional orchestra.

As pianist and violinist, Lindsay Garritson has been touring the country and abroad since the age of four. As winner of several concerto competitions, Lindsay has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, University City Symphony, and the European Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Most recently, she was awarded second prize in the 2011 Montreal International Piano Competition and first prize at the 2010 Mozarteum International Chopin Competition in Salzburg. She has participated in numerous music festivals including Aspen, Orford (Canada), and International Holland Music Sessions. Lindsay received her B.A. from Principia College and her M.M. and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music as a student of Boris Berman.

Published November 1, 2011
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Vista program offers a fresh look at chamber music by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Widmann

The Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. Part of the School of Music’s renowned chamber music program, Vista features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty. Each ensemble not only performs but also offers insight into the music through spoken commentary. Wendy Sharp is the coordinator of the chamber music program and the director of the Vista series.

This Vista program includes Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from L’histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale), with violinist David Radzynski, clarinetist Wai Lau, and pianist Kuok-Wai Lio; Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in C minor, performed by violinist Soo Ryun Baek, cellist Arnold Choi, and pianist Joo Hyeon Park; Jorg Widmann’s Fünf Bruchstücke, with clarinetist Ashley Smith and pianist Aura Go; and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, performed by violinists Joo Hye Lim and Edward Tan, violist Timothy LaCrosse, cellist James Kim, and Lindsay Garritson, piano.

The recital will stream live. Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published November 22, 2010
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Birthday concert from violinist Wendy Sharp features new works and Mendelssohn’s Octet

Premieres of music by Timo Andres ’09MM, Rick Bassett, and Gerald Cohen on June 13 program

How does a prominent violinist celebrate her fiftieth birthday? With a concert, of course, and also by having three composers write new pieces just for the occasion. And to top it off, by playing one of the great chamber works for double string quartet with long-time colleagues, family, and friends.

That is just how Wendy Sharp will celebrate her birthday in Sprague Hall on Sunday, June 13 at 2:30 p.m. Ms. Sharp, a long-time member of the Yale School of Music faculty member and director of the the School’s chamber music program, will be joined by violinists Robin Sharp, Andrea Schultz, and Tema Watstein; violists Marka Gustavsson and Sharon Wei; cellists Mimi Hwang, Irene Sharp, Kerry Takahashi, and Kai Takahashi; and pianists Gerald Cohen and Timo Andres in works including world premieres by Timo Andres, Rick Bassett, and Gerald Cohen and Felix Mendelssohn’s beloved Octet for strings.

The three composers who have written pieces especially for this occasion are all Yale alumni. Timo Andres‘s work is entitled “Clamber Music,” for two violins and piano; Rick Bassett‘s piece, called “Addis Sketch,” is for violin and two cellos; and Gerald Cohen has set several Hebrew texts for violin and piano.


Published June 8, 2010
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