Yale Baroque Ensemble performs Dussek, Haydn, and Mozart Apr. 4

Concert explores hallmarks of European Classical period

The Yale School of Music will present the Yale Baroque Ensemble on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Directed by faculty member Robert Mealy, the ensemble will perform the works of European musical pioneers Dussek, Haydn, and Mozart.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble (YBE) is a postgraduate ensemble whose members undertake a year of intensive study. This year’s members are Holly Piccoli and Edson Scheid, baroque violin; Soojin Chung, baroque cello; and David Fung, fortepiano. MORE

Published March 22, 2013
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Vista explores colorful range of chamber music Mar. 4

Concert features performances enhanced by commentary on the music

The Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 8 pm. The Vista series features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty, and who offer insightful spoken commentary on the music that they perform. This concert will feature music by Loeffler, Ravel, Sean Friar, and Prokofiev.

The program opens with music for strings with piano, beginning with Two Rhapsodies for oboe, viola, and piano by the French-born American composer Charles Martin Loeffler. Next is Ravel’s Sonata for violin and piano, in which the jazz and blues music of America infuses Ravel’s French harmonic language.

The second half opens with two pieces – “Wiggle Room” and “Lick Machine” – from Short Winds, a quintet for winds and harp by the young composer Sean Friar. The evening will close with Prokofiev’s brooding Violin Sonata in F minor, composed during the Communist Revolution. Prokofiev himself says that the piece should sound “like the wind in a graveyard.”

Wendy Sharp is the coordinator of the YSM chamber music program and the director of the Vista series. The faculty coaches that have worked with the ensembles are Ettore Causa (Loeffler), Boris Berman (Ravel), Ransom Wilson (Friar), and Ani Kavafian (Prokofiev).

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven. No tickets are required; the event 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.

About Student Chamber Music at YSM

The Yale School of Music is unique in that all performance faculty coach chamber music, and all students are involved in chamber music for their entire tenure at the School. Ensembles come together each semester and receive weekly coachings from distinguished faculty and guest artists. Chamber groups often perform in the Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts, which take place at both Morse Recital Hall and the Center for British Art, and in the Vista series, in which performances are enhanced by spoken commentary on the music. Students also take part in the annual chamber music competition, whose winners are featured in an annual Chamber Music Society concert.

Published February 27, 2013
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Conducting Fellows lead the Yale Philharmonia Mar. 1

Concert also features pianist Peter Frankl

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale led by the School’s conducting fellows, Paolo Bortolameolli and Jonathan Brandani, on Friday, March 1, 2013. Pianist Peter Frankl will also perform with the orchestra. The concert takes place at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

The performance will open with the Concertino No. 1 in E-flat major by the Classical-era Italian composer Pergolesi, conducted by Paolo BortolameolliStravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, conducted by Jonathan Brandani, will follow. The Suite is modeled after themes from Pergolesi’s music but infused with Stravinsky’s own style through modern harmonies and rhythmic modifications.

The second half of the program features two pieces by Mozart. Jonathan Brandani will conduct the Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453, which will feature piano soloist Peter Frankl. The Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, which Paolo Bortolameolli will conduct, is one of Mozart’s final three symphonies, a culmination of Mozart’s assimilation of the styles of Bach and Handel with his own classicism.

Paolo Bortolameolli and Jonathan Brandani study orchestral conducting with Shinik Hahm at the Yale School of Music. The annual Conducting Fellows Recital offers the opportunity for the fellows to conduct the Yale Philharmonia in concert.

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. MORE

Published February 19, 2013
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Peter Frankl, Ani Kavafian, Ettore Causa, Ole Akahoshi perform together Jan. 23

Concert features piano quartets by Mozart and Dvorák

The Yale School of Music presents four faculty performers in a performance of piano quartets on Wednesday, January 23 at 8 pm. The concert, which is part of the Faculty Artist Series, features Ani Kavafian, violin; Ettore Causa, viola; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Peter Frankl, piano.

The concert will feature three quartets for piano and strings, beginning with Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, considered the first major piece in the genre, and Quartet in E-flat major, written less than a year after the first piece.

Also on the program is Dvorák’s masterful Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 87, “an unfailing crowd-pleaser… possessed of an originality that makes it worthy to stand beside the more complex corners of Brahms’ chamber output” (All Music Guide).

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 January 7, 2013
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Hung-Kuan Chen performs Brahms, Schumann & more Nov. 28

Hung-Kuan Chen

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist Hung-Kuan Chen on Wednesday, November 28. Chen, a faculty member hailed by the Boston Globe as “a deeply probing, imaginative player with an enormous palette of tone colors,” will perform a program of music featuring masterpieces from the Classical and Baroque periods.

This concert will open with two pieces by Mozart. The Fragment of a Suite in C major, K. 399 recalls the operatic overtures of the French Baroque with its slow opening followed by vivacious counterpoint. The lively spirit is followed by another Baroque reference, A Little Gigue in G Major, K. 574.

The first half closes with Schumann’s masterful Fantasie in C major, Op. 17.

Brahms’s Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118 will open the second half of the concert. This late work is sometimes thought to reflect the composer’s emotional state after the deaths of his sister Elise and close friend Elizabeth von Herzogenberg.

Chen will conclude the recital with Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, arranged for piano from the composer’s 1911 ballet.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman. MORE

Published November 13, 2012
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Members of Yale Baroque Ensemble perform Nov. 13

Recital features Holly Piccoli, violin & David Fung, keyboards

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present a recital by two members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm. Holly Piccoli, violin, and David Fung, piano and harpsichord, will perform music from the Baroque and Classical periods.

The program includes violin works by Castello, Biber, and Mozart, and keyboard works by Purcell, Scarlatti, and Mozart.

The concert takes at the Collection of Musical Instruments (located at 15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven) and is free and open to the public.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments 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 excellent acoustic of the upstairs gallery.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by baroque violinist Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate ensemble at the Yale School of Music dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. Using the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments’ set of new baroque instruments, members of the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785 to create idiomatic and virtuosic performances of this music. The Yale Baroque Ensemble is presented in a series of concerts each year, including a special appearance last spring at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as part of the Yale in New York series and an Italian tour with the Yale Schola Cantorum. As resident ensemble of the Collection of Musical Instruments, the Yale Baroque Ensemble performs recitals each term at 15 Hillhouse Avenue.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble plays on the YCMI’s collection of new baroque string instruments made by Jason Viseltear of New York City, after del Gesù, Amati, and Testore. Bows are from the YCMI collection, by David Hawthorne and Christopher English after seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century originals.

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

Published November 9, 2012
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Pianist Jian Liu performs musical fantasies Nov. 8

DMA recital features music of Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart & more

Jian Liu

The Yale School of Music presents the pianist Jian Liu in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 8 pm. The program is an exploration of musical fantasies, including examples by C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt.

Liu will open his performance with C.P.E. Bach’s Fantasy in C major, Wq 59/6 – H 284. Next he will play Beethoven’s Fantasy, Op. 77, one of the composer’s rare ventures into the loose, almost improvisational form.

The second half of the concert will feature Liszt’s Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasia Quasi Sonata, a virtuosic piece inspired by the reading of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. The concert will conclude with Mozart’s Fantasy in D minor, K. 397, and Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy in C major, D. 760.

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


Published October 25, 2012
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Yale in New York announces 2012–2013, its sixth season at Carnegie Hall

“Many magnificent evenings of inventive programming.”
— The New York Times

Yale in New York, the concert series directed by David Shifrin, announces its 2013–2013 season. At the center are celebrations: of composers, performing artists, and musical forms.

Four concerts presented in Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall explore the deep, creative, and exciting collaborations that are the heart and history of the Yale School of Music, while paying tribute to a number of music icons. Highlights include:

• The Tokyo String Quartet, which has served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music since 1976, and embarks on its final tour as a Quartet.

• Star faculty members Ettore Causa, Peter Frankl, Ani Kavafian, Ole Akahoshi and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis celebrate the birth of Mozart.

• Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen is paired with the world premiere of a Yale commission by alumnus Matthew Barnson, also for 23 strings, capped by Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

• Composer and former Yale faculty member Paul Hindemith is feted on the 50th anniversary of his death by pianist Boris Berman and members of the Yale Philharmonia, with a program that features some of his lesser-known high-spirited early works.


Published June 15, 2012
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St. Lawrence String Quartet performs Mozart, John Adams, and more April 3

Adams composed his String Quartet expressly for SLSQ

The Yale School of Music presents the St. Lawrence String Quartet in concert on Tuesday, April 3. “The St. Lawrence,” writes The New Yorker, “are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection.” The concert, which features string quartets of Mozart, Korngold, and John Adams, takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The concert opens with Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor, K. 421, the only minor-key piece in the set that Mozart dedicated to his teacher Haydn. Next is the lyrical, String Quartet No. 3 of Erich Korngold, a composer best known for his career scoring films for Hollywood. But with this piece, written in 1946, Korngold turn his attention back to the world of concert music for the first time in many years.

After hearing the SLSQ in concert, composer John Adams was inspired to write for them. The result was his String Quartet, which the SLSQ premiered in 2009 and will perform as the finale of this concert. “The piece is a knockout,” raved the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Thanks to the St. Lawrence… so was the performance.”

The St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) – Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John, violins; Lesley Robertson, viola; and Christopher Costanza, cello – last appeared at Yale in 1995. Since then, as the Globe and Mail noted, “…this group has matured and deepened without losing its freshness and edge.” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer called one concert “Stylistically impeccable, with superb ensemble work, beautiful tone and expressiveness… as fine a performance as I could ever hope to hear.” MORE

Published March 6, 2012
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