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Yale Opera presents Liederabend: An Evening of Russian Songs Dec. 6

sprague-ext-nightYale Opera will present Liederabend: An Evening of Russian Song on Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Singers in the School of Music’s opera program will perform with pianist Emily Olin, who also prepared the students in Russian language and repertoire. Richard Cross will be the narrator of the evening.

The first half of the concert consists of Russian art songs, including selections by Rachmaninoff, Glinka, and Tchaikovsky, among others.

The second half is comprised of arias and duets from well-known Russian operas, such as excerpts from Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. MORE

Published December 3, 2014
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Yale Cellos perform 30th anniversary concert Apr. 10

The Yale School of Music celebrates the 30th anniversary of Yale Cellos in a concert on Wednesday, April 10. Founding director Aldo Parisot will lead the Grammy-nominated ensemble in music from the baroque to the present day, including pieces by Vivaldi, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Veracini, and others.

Four virtuoso soloists will open the program, beginning with special guest Patrick Jee, a YSM graduate who is now a member of the New York Philharmonic. Jee will perform the Fantasy by faculty composer Ezra Laderman, a piece that he has recorded for Albany Records. The other soloists are Jennifer Jinhee Park, Jurrian van der Zanden, and finally James Jeonghwan Kim, whose New York debut recital this February the New York Concert Review hailed as “absolute perfection.” MORE

Published March 13, 2013
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Yale School of Music Professor Melvin Chen performs Beethoven, Tower, and Mussorgsky Mar. 27

“A pianist whose playing is powerful and driven.”
–The New York Times

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by faculty pianist Melvin Chen on Wednesday, March 27. Chen, lauded as “raw and roaring” by The New Yorker, will perform a program of music by BeethovenMussorgsky, and Joan Tower.

This concert will open with Beethoven’s Bagatelles, Op. 126, the composer’s last work for piano. The Bagatelles are a set of six short character pieces written for the composer’s brother, Johann.

Chen will then perform two pieces by Grammy Award-winning American composer Joan Tower, Steps (2011) and Ebony and Ivory (2008). Chen gave the first performance of Steps, an homage to Debussy, in February 2012. Ebony and Ivory, which is about the black and white notes of the piano, was written for the San Antonio Piano Competition. The New York Times noted, “It is the kind of work that sounds as if it required more than ten fingers, not to mention the agility to shift quickly between styles.”

The program will conclude with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a virtuoso piece beloved by audiences. Dedicated to Russian artist Viktor Hartmann, the piece depicts a tour of an art collection, with individual movements based on paintings by Hartmann.

This concert takes place at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College St., corner of Wall Street). The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman. Tickets are $20–30, $10–15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

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Published March 1, 2013
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