Nicholas McGegan: “Celebration of Four Masters”

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Nicholas McGegan, acclaimed by The New Yorker as “an expert in eighteenth-century style,” will conduct choral and orchestral works of Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, and George Frideric Handel on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 4 pm in Woolsey Hall. The concert is a “Celebration of Four Masters”— a reference to McGegan and the three featured composers — and coincides with the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death and the 200th anniversary of both Mendelssohn’s birth and Haydn’s death. McGegan will conduct the Yale Philharmonia (Shinik Hahm, director) and Yale Collegium Players (Robert Mealy, director) in Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 “Drum Roll,” and a selection of works for chorus and orchestra: Haydn’s Te Deum in C and Der Sturm with the Yale Camerata (Marguerite Brooks, conductor); Mendelssohn’s Verleih uns Frieden and Hear My Prayer with the Yale Glee Club (Jeffrey Douma, director); Haydn’s Salve Regina with the Yale Voxtet (James Taylor, director); and Handel’s As Pants the Hart and Te Deum in A with the Yale Schola Cantorum (Simon Carrington, director). The program concludes with the combined choruses and instrumentalists in Handel’s “Hallelujah” Chorus from Messiah.

The concert is a presentation of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale School of Music, and the Yale Glee Club. Admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu, www.yale.edu/ism, or call 203-432-4158.

Acclaimed by the Glasgow Herald as “a wizard who can make music soar in apparent defiance of gravity,” Nicholas McGegan has been the Music Director of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) for more than twenty years and since 1991 the Artistic Director of Germany’s International Handel-Festival at Gottingen. Mr. McGegan is an active recording artist, with an extensive discography with the PBO and other performing groups, including the Gottingen Festival Opera and Orchestra and the Arcadian Academy. Mr. McGegan’s world-premiere recording of Handel’s Susanna earned a Gramophone Award. His most recent recordings include music by Handel and Mendelssohn for Carus, Romanza, featuring works of Hummel, Lachner and Weber, and Handel’s Atalanta and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, both with PBO.  Born in England and educated at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, Mr. McGegan has an honorary degree from London’s Royal College of Music and was elected an Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in 2006.

Published February 2, 2009
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Daedalus Quartet: Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Carter

Quartet has won a Martin Segal Award and Guarneri String Quartet Award

Daedalus Quartet

Daedalus Quartet

The award-winning Daedalus String Quartet, called “one of the finest ensembles around” by the New York Sun, will perform on Yale’s Chamber Music Society series on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The program will include Haydn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 20 No. 5; Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13; and Carter’s String Quartet No. 5 from 1995.  The members of the Daedalus Quartet are Min-Young Kim and Kyu-Young Kim, brother and sister violinists who are alternate on first violin; Jessica Thompson, viola; and Raman Ramakrishnan, cello. Tickets are $27 to $34 ($14 for students). Student rush tickets priced at $7 will be sold at 7:45 pm on the night of the concert, if available.

The Daedalus Quartet takes its name from the mythical Greek inventor, artist, and architect celebrated for creating the art of sculpture, designing the Labyrinth, and above all for regaining his freedom by devising wings that made it possible for him to fly.  The Daedalus Quartet (pronounced DED-a-lus) was founded in the summer of 2000, and one year later captured the Grand Prize of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition.  The quartet was honored with Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award and Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award in 2007.
They were named by Carnegie Hall to participate in the ECHO Rising Stars program, through which it made debuts during the 2004-2005 season throughout Europe, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Salzburg, and Vienna.  They were also appointed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as the Chamber Music Society Two quartet for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.  The ensemble has been Columbia University’s Quartet-in-Residence since 2005 and has been serving as a visiting ensemble at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. The Daedalus Quartet’s debut CD, works of Ravel, Sibelius, and Stravinsky, was released in August 2006 by Bridge Records.

Published January 30, 2009
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