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Master class with Krzysztof Penderecki Oct. 30

Krzysztof_Penderecki_webComposer Krzysztof Penderecki will conduct a chamber music master class on Wednesday, October 30. Penderecki, who was a member of the YSM faculty in the 1970s, will work with two chamber music groups the class, which takes place 12:30–2pm in Leigh Hall, Room 402.

Penderecki will work with the group playing his Clarinet Quartet from 12:30 to 1:15 and the duo playing his piece for violin and bass from 1:15 to 2.

All YSM students are invited to attend the master class.

Published October 30, 2013
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Yale School of Music Students Perform at Symphony Space

Krzysztof_Penderecki_webIn partnership with WQXR and the Polish Cultural Institute of New York, Symphony Space’s In the Salon series presents an interview with Krzysztof Penderecki, “…Poland’s greatest living composer” (The Guardian). Mr. Penderecki will grace the Symphony Space stage in a live broadcast with WQXR’s Helga Davis. The event will take place on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm.

Yale School of Music students Eric Anderson, clarinet; Nathan Lesser, violin; Colin Brookes, viola; and Alan Ohkubo, cello, will perform a clarinet quartet after intermission and before the interview with Mr. Penderecki.

In New Haven, Krzysztof Penderecki will guest conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 8 pm. The concert will take place in Woolsey Hall (500 College St., corner of College and Grove). Admission is free. MORE INFO

Published October 20, 2013
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Symphony Space to Present An Evening With Penderecki, 10/25

Classical Music News Desk
Broadway World

Krzysztof_Penderecki_webOn Friday, October 25 (7:30 pm), Krzysztof Penderecki, “Poland’s greatest living composer” (The Guardian) graces the stage of Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia for a live event hosted byHelga Davis, contributing host on Q2 Music, WQXR’s online station devoted to contemporary classical music. […] The event will be streamed live on Q2 Music at www.wqxr.org/q2music.

Symphony Space’s In the Salon series enriches musical performances by top-notch artists with informative talks and artist chats. The program consists of Penderecki’s String Quartet No. 3, performed by the Penderecki String Quartet from Canada; Sextette, played by Ensemble Pi; Cadenza, played by violist Matthew Lipman; and Capriccio, performed by cellist Jay Campbell; and Quartet for clarinet and strings, with musicians from the Yale School of Music, where Penderecki taught during the 1970s. The Yale musicians are: Nathan Lesser, violin; Colin Brookes, viola; Alan Ohkubo, cello; and Eric Anderson, clarinet. In between pieces, the composer will chat with Davis about his musical journey and current work. The result is a rare in-depth encounter with one of Europe’s most influential and honored composers.

Says Penderecki, “I have spent decades searching for and discovering new sounds. At the same time, I have closely studied the forms, styles and harmonies of past eras. I have continued to adhere to both principles…my current creative output is a synthesis.”

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Published October 13, 2013
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Guest conductor Krzysztof Penderecki leads the Yale Philharmonia Nov. 1

Penderecki Conducts Penderecki concert, April 30, 2010

NEW HAVEN, CT  | The Yale School of Music presents the  renowned composer and conductor Krzyzstof Penderecki in concert with the Yale Philharmonia on Friday, November 1, 2013. Penderecki, who was a member of the YSM faculty from 1972 to 1978, will lead the orchestra in two of his own compositions.

The program also features a Prokofiev piano concerto with soloist Henry Kramer and guest conductor Toshiyuki Shimada. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). MORE

Published October 4, 2013
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Symphony Space Shines a Light on Musical Legends and Salon Performers

Broadway World
By Naomi Serviss

Krzysztof Penderecki, acclaimed as Poland’s greatest living composer, is but one of numerous outstanding concert performers who will appear during Symphony Space‘s 2013–14 season, said Laura Kaminsky, the composer and artistic director of the Upper West Side venue.

Penderecki will appear on Friday, Oct. 25, in a live audio webcast hosted by Helga Davis, contributing host on Q2 Music, WQXR’s online station devoted to classical music. MORE

Published October 3, 2013
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Poland To Celebrate Penderecki’s 80th Birthday

NPR

PendereckiWARSAW, Poland (AP) — As Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki approaches his 80th birthday, he says he is working on a new opera and some chamber music, and has no plans to retire.

Penderecki met with reporters on Monday to discuss a festival of his music in Warsaw to celebrate his birthday in November. Well-known musicians such as violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and conductor Lorin Maazel will perform his concertos, a symphony and religious music. MORE

Published September 16, 2013
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Yale in New York presents De Profundis: music for low instruments

Frank Morelli

The Yale in New York concert series, directed by David Shifrin, closes its 2011-2012 season with De Profundis: The Deep End, a concert of music for low instruments. The bassoon, tuba, trombone, cello, double bass, and sackbut all take center stage in this performance.

Faculty performers – including Frank Morelli, bassoon; Scott Hartman, trombone; Donald Palma, double bass; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Ransom Wilson, conductor – will be joined by students and alumni on the stage of Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The program will be presented twice: in New Haven on Wednesday, March 28, and in New York City on Sunday, April 1 (for real). The Wednesday concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street). The Sunday concert begins at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. MORE

Published March 2, 2012
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Penderecki Conducts Penderecki: The master of contemporary music leads the Yale Philharmonia

So acute is [Penderecki’s] ear for orchestral sound and so clever his manipulation of it that wood, metal and string take on an anthropomorphic quality.
–Bernard Holland, The New York Times

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in Penderecki Conducts Penderecki on Thursday, April 29 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall. Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the most influential and prolific composers of our time, makes a rare New Haven appearance conducting the Yale Philharmonia and faculty soloists William Purvis, horn, and Syoko Aki, violin. The program features four of the composer’s most important orchestral works, from the early and groundbreaking work Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima to the New Haven premiere of the 2008 Horn Concerto.

The “acute ear for orchestral sound” that so struck Bernard Holland will be showcased in a program that spans nearly a half century of composition. In addition to the Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (1960) and Symphony No. 4 (1989), Penderecki and the orchestra will be joined by two Yale faculty artists: violinist Syoko Aki and French hornist William Purvis. Aki will be reunited with Penderecki and the orchestra in the Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra (1967), which they performed at Yale in 1977. Purvis will be the soloist in the Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (2008), subtitled “Winterreise.”

With a career that spans nearly five decades, Penderecki is one of the pioneering composers of the modern day. He was an iconic figure of the 1960s avant-garde and remains a vibrantly vital voice in contemporary music. His numerous awards include the UNESCO Award for Threnody and the Grawemeyer Award for the Symphony No. 4. Penderecki has a longstanding relationship with Yale; he served on the faculty of the School of Music from 1973 to 1979 and returned in 2005 to conduct his choral work Credo.

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Published April 15, 2010
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Concert of chamber & solo music composed and coached by Krzysztof Penderecki

The Yale School of Music presents a special concert of solo and chamber music by the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki on Wednesday, April 28 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Penderecki, one of today’s most prolific and influential composers, will spend a week in residence at the Yale School of Music, where he was a member of the faculty from 1973 to 1979.

For this performance, he will coach selected faculty and graduate performers in solo and chamber works: the Cadenza for solo viola, with faculty artist Ettore Causa; Serenata for Three Cellos; Capriccio for Solo Tuba, with Jerome Stover; and the String Quartet No. 2, with the Jasper String Quartet. The Serenata will be performed by Arnold Choi, Ying Zhang, and Sunhee Jeon, all students of master cellist Aldo Parisot.

This performance will begin with an open conversation between Krzysztof Penderecki and Robert Blocker, dean of the Yale School of Music.

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Published April 14, 2010
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