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Orion String Quartet and Windscape perform Bach’s “Art of the Fugue” Oct. 28

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The Yale School of Music presents the Orion String Quartet and the woodwind quintet Windscape in a performance of J. S. Bach’s masterful Art of the Fugue on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30pm.

In this concert, Bach’s complete Art of the Fugue will be performed by one of today’s most sought-after string quartets and a wind quintet that has won renown for vibrant and inventive performances. The program, which premiered at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, has been recorded on Deutsche Grammophon.

The Boston Globe praises the performers as musicians with a “certain aura—that of the fabulously skilled, much sought-after… who can tackle anything.” MORE

Published October 8, 2014
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Brentano String Quartet begins Yale residency with Sep. 23 concert

brentano_vThe Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The acclaimed ensemble will play music by Schubert, Bartók, and Mozart.

The concert opens with Mozart‘s String Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458, nicknamed “The Hunt” for the propulsion and harmony of the first movement. Bartók‘s fascinating String Quartet No. 3 follows, with what one writer has called a “kaleidoscope of coloristic effects.”

Schubert‘s String Quartet in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden,” a perennial audience favorite, concludes the evening. Schubert, suffering through illness, wrote his “Death and the Maiden” quartet with the full knowledge that he would soon die. MORE

Published September 19, 2014
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Oneppo Chamber Music Series announces 2014–2015 concert season

brentano_v_webThe Oneppo Chamber Music Series, under the artistic direction of David Shifrin, is pleased to announce the lineup for its 2014–2015 season. This year, the School of Music welcomes the Brentano String Quartet as the new faculty quartet-in-residence; the ensemble will open the season on September 23 and will perform again January 27.

On October 28, the Orion String Quartet and Windscape will perform Bach’s Art of the Fugue in Samuel Baron’s arrangement for string quartet and wind quintet.  Two string quartets join the Brentano on the series: the Jupiter on November 18 and the Danish on February 17. MORE

Published June 26, 2014
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Chamber music competition winners perform concert May 6

chamber_music3The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music features the winners of the annual chamber music competition in a concert on Tuesday, May 6.

This showcase of winning student performances, which includes music by Beethoven, Kurtág, and Franck, takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The concert will also stream live online. LIVE STREAM

The performance will open with Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 12, No. 3, performed by Matheus Garcia-Souza, violin, and Miki Sawada, fortepiano. Next will be the Hommage à R. Schumann  by the 20th-century Hungarian composer György Kurtág, a five-part work replete with references to works by Schumann and Machaut, synthesized and retold in Kurtág’s own voice. This trio will be played by Isabella Mensz, viola; Eric Anderson, clarinet; and Peter Klimo, piano.

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Published April 21, 2014
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Brentano String Quartet, incoming quartet-in-residence, performs at Yale April 8

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The Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet in a concert on Tuesday, April 8. This is the ensemble’s first Yale appearance since the announcement that they will succeed the Tokyo Quartet as Yale’s Artists in Residence, beginning with the 2014–15 academic year. The program, which features music from Haydn to Bernstein, will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim; The New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound (and) yearning lyricism,” while the London Independent lauds the group as “passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding.” The quartet’s members are Mark Steinberg, first violin; Serena Canin, second violin; Misha Amory, viola; and Nina Lee, cello.

Their April 8 concert will begin with quartets by Haydn and Mendelssohn.  Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 64, No. 3, combines the sparkling wit and charm of Haydn’s courtly compositions with the exuberant brilliance of his later pieces. Mendelssohn’s gregariousness shines through in his graceful String Quartet in D major, Op. 44, No. 1. MORE

Published March 19, 2014
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The Miró String Quartet performs Schubert, Beethoven, Dutilleux March 25

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The Yale School of Music presents the Miró String Quartet  in a concert on Tuesday, March 25 at 8 pm, in Morse Recital Hall. The quartet, which last appeared at Yale in 2011, will perform music by Schubert, Beethoven, and Dutilleux.

The concert opens with Beethoven’s String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 6, known as “La malinconia” for the slow introduction to the third movement. The composition’s structure and emotional depth are harbingers of Beethoven’s later quartets.  MORE

Published March 5, 2014
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Hartford Courant: Emerson String Quartet at Yale

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Thirty-seven years is a long time to be together (probably longer than most Yale School of Music students have been alive). That togetherness has paid huge dividends for the Emerson String Quartet, who will perform two Viennese gems (Haydn’s Quartet in G minor, Op. 20, No. 3. and Beethoven’s Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, of the Razumovskys) and a 20th-century work (Britten’s Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36, from 1945) at Yale’s Morse Recital Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.

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Published December 3, 2013
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Emerson String Quartet performs at Yale Dec. 10

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The Yale School of Music presents the Emerson String Quartet, hailed as “arguably the world’s best group of chamber musicians” (Fortune Magazine), on Tuesday, December 10 at 8 pm. The concert, which features string quartets by Haydn, Britten, and Beethoven, takes place in Morse Recital Hall.

The Emerson String Quartet is comprised of violinist Eugene Drucker, violinist Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton, and cellist Paul Watkins. The quartet boasts an impressive list of achievements over its three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year, and collaborations with many of today’s greatest artists. MORE

Published November 14, 2013
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Hagen String Quartet plays all-Beethoven program Nov. 12

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The Oneppo Chamber Music Series  at the Yale School of Music presents the Hagen String Quartet, hailed as “brilliant” and “breathtaking,” in an all-Beethoven program on Tuesday, November 12  at 8 pm.

The Hagen Quartet, now in the middle of touring the complete Beethoven string quartets, will play two of Beethoven’s monumental late works: the Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 127, and Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. MORE

Published October 21, 2013
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Finckel-Han-Setzer Trio performs Nov. 5

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The Yale School of Music presents the illustrious Finckel-Han-Setzer Trio on Tuesday, November 5 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The ensemble will perform trios by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Dvořák. A recent review of the trio performing this same program raved,

With such player pedigrees, you’d expect outstanding performances, each vividly brought to life, and that’s just what you got. The group capitalized on opportunities for jokes, surprises, mimicry, sentiment and broad-scaled vitality.

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Published October 4, 2013
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