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Yale Opera performs The Marriage of Figaro at the Shubert Theater Feb. 13–15

figaro2The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music presents Mozart‘s timeless romantic comedy The Marriage of Figaro this February 13–15 at the Shubert Theater.

Ted Huffman is the stage director of this original production, and Dominique Trottein will conduct the Yale Philharmonia.

Many opera-lovers would name The Marriage of Figaro as their favorite opera. It appeals to those who love great melodies while remaining accessible through its engaging plot and memorable characters. The composer Johannes Brahms said: “In my opinion, each number in Figaro is a miracle; it is totally beyond me how anyone could create anything so perfect.” MORE

Published January 16, 2015
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Ironwood offers a new look at Brahms April 9

Ironwood-photos-Nov-2012-12On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the ensemble Ironwood performing “A Different Sort of Brahms.” The concert begins at 5:30 pm at the Collection.

The recital program, acclaimed around the world, questions today’s assumptions about Romantic performance practice. Here, Ironwood presents the music as it would have been performed in the Romantic style of the 19th century.

A Different Sort of Brahms” is the result of the best-selling book Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (Oxford University Press, 2012). The research involved listening to early recordings of pianists who knew Brahms and analyzing primary source documents about 19th-century performance styles. The program has received acclaim from New York to Australia, including at the 2012 American Brahms Society conference, and has been broadcast internationally. MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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At the Metropolitan Opera’s Giulio Cesare, Speaking Truth to Power

Early Music America
By Judith Malafronte

mealy“We played through the score together and we just clicked,” says Laura Hamilton, principal associate concertmaster of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She was talking about a recent powwow with Baroque violinist Robert Mealy as she prepared for the Met’s spring 2013 run of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. It was to be conducted by British early music specialist Harry Bicket, and a colleague had recommended a coaching session with Mealy.

“It was great fun,” Mealy recalls. “Laura was so quick, so responsive, it was a blast.” The expressive physicality of Mealy’s music-making is well-known, and it’s easy to imagine his charismatic communication as the two played through the violin parts to Sextus’s furious aria “Svegliatevi nel core,” Caesar’s seductive “Non è si vago e bello,” Cleopatra’s tragic lament, “Se pietà di me non senti,” and the buoyant, triumphant “Da tempeste.” MORE

Published September 12, 2013
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Concerts & master classes with clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianist Robert Levin

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents clarinetist Charles Neidich and pianist Robert Levin in a series of performances, master classes, and workshops next week.

The duo will perform a program featuring works by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Clara Schumann (1819–1896), and Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). Those performances take place Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm and Monday, December 3 at 8 pm. The program features Robert Schumann’s Soiréestücke, Op. 73 (the original version of the Fantasiestücke); Brahms’s Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, no. 1; Clara Schumann’s Romances, Op. 21; and the Brahms Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120, no. 2

Mr. Levin will be bringing a historic piano made in 1869 by Johann Baptist Streicher. This is the same type known to have been owned and used by Johannes Brahms himself during the last twenty-four years of his life. For tickets, please visit music.yale.edu/concerts or call the Collection at 203 432-0822.

Master Classes & Lectures

All master classes and lectures are free and open to the public.

Robert Levin: “Improvising Mozart”

A lecture-demonstration on the style and techniques of Classical-era improvisation, given on the Collection’s Könnicke piano, ca.1795.
When: Sunday, December 3, following the concert (approx. 5:30 pm)
Where: Collection of Musical Instruments, upstairs keyboard gallery

Charles Neidich: “Old is New, New is Old” MORE

Published November 29, 2012
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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs Nov. 30

Program features music from Corelli to Vivaldi

The Yale School of Music presents a recital by the Yale Baroque Ensemble on Friday, November 30 at 8 pm.

The members of the postgraduate ensemble — Holly Piccoli and Edson Scheid, baroque violins; Soojin Chung, baroque cello; and David Fung, harpsichord – will perform music spanning the early to the high baroque. The program will include both ensemble and solo works by Gabrieli, Castello, Merula, Corelli, Scarlatti, and Vivaldi.

The Yale Baroque ensemble is directed by early music specialist Robert Mealy. All four members of the ensemble are graduates of the Yale School of Music.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven. Admission is free.

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

Published November 27, 2012
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Clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianist Robert Levin perform Schumann and Brahms Dec. 2 & 3

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the eminent duo of clarinetist Charles Neidich ’75BA and pianist Robert Levin on December 2 and 3. Using historical instruments, the performances will feature music of Brahms and Schumann as the composers themselves might have heard them.

Levin will be performing on a piano built by Johann Baptist Streicher in 1869. The instrument is identical to the one Brahms used to compose his works the last twenty-four years of his life. Neidich, who graduated from Yale College in 1975, regularly performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor throughout the world.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, 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 fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance.

The program will be presented twice: Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm and Monday, December 3 at 8 pm. Both concerts take place at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven). MORE

Published November 16, 2012
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Maccari and Pugliese offer guitar concert & class at Collection Nov. 11

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the classical guitar duo of Claudio Maccari and Paolo Pugliese in a special event on Sunday, November 11 at 7 pm. The duo will offer Guitar Music of the Nineteenth Century: Interpretation and Performance, a concert and master class.

The class will feature works for guitar by Sor and Giuliani prepared by students in the Yale School of Music.

Born in 1970, Claudio Maccari and Paolo Pugliese started their studies and researches in nineteenth-century music in 1988. Since then, they have been redefining the musical language of the Classical and Romantic periods using original instruments and historical methods. Maccari and Pugliese are cited in the 1997 guitar history book The Classical Guitar. Since playing their New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1992, they have been asked to give concerts and masterclasses by institutions and international festivals such as the Royal Academy and the Great Britain International Guitar Festival of London, the Academy of Music in Gröningen, the Darwin International Guitar Festival, the Sydney Guitar Society, the Guitar Foundation of Australia, the Parco della Musica in Rome, and many American universities and societies.

The duo has collaborated with such artists as John Williams and Malcolm Bilson. They teach nineteenth-century guitar at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan, and are the artistic directors of the Ensemble Ottocento, an Italian orchestra specialising in nineteenth-century music performed on authentic instruments.

Maccari and Pugliese play original guitars: Mauro Giuliani’s and Nicolò Paganini’s guitars (Fabricatore), Guadagnini, Lacote, Panormo, Vinaccia and Garganese, with gut strings according to historical criteria.

The event is free and open to the public; call 203 432-0822 to reserve a seat. The Collection is located at 15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven.

Published November 9, 2012
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Cellist Jacques Wood gives a lecture-recital on historical performance and Beethoven May 5

Pianist Ryo Yanagitani joins Wood in performing sonatas on historical and modern instruments

The Yale School of Music will present a lecture-recital by cellist Jacques Lee Wood on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). Wood, a graduate of the School of Music, is a member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble and studies historical performance practice with early music specialist Robert Mealy.

In his presentation, Wood will examine issues of historical performance practice in Beethoven’s cello sonatas and will discuss how they apply to today’s performers. The lecture, writes Wood, “will discuss and demonstrate the idiomatic writing, musical syntax, and performance practices of the Classical period – ultimately suggesting these elements as viable inclusions to current interpretation.”

Along with pianist Ryo Yanagitani, Wood will illustrate the lecture with examples played on both historical and modern instruments. On historical instruments, including the School of Music’s fortepiano built by Rodney Regier, the duo will play Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor and Sonata No. 3 in A major. Wood and Yanagitani perform frequently together as Duo Chrysalis.

Admission to the lecture-recital is free. MORE

Published April 15, 2011
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The Yale Baroque Ensemble makes its Carnegie Hall debut April 25

The Yale in New York series at the Yale School of Music presents the Yale Baroque Ensemble in its Carnegie Hall debut on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 8 pm. The concert will take place in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY). The ensemble, directed by Robert Mealy, will perform a program of avant-garde music from the seventeenth century entitled Stylus Fantasticus.

Stylus Fantasticus celebrates the experimental and virtuosic chamber music of seventeenth-century Italy and Germany. The program will feature brilliant and rarely-heard chamber sonatas in the stilo moderno (modern style) by Dario Castello, Giovanni Paolo Cima, and Giovanni Battista Fontana, along with spectacular ensemble sonatas by Johann Schmelzer, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, and others.

Robert Mealy, described by the New Yorker as “a world-class early music violinist,” directs the Yale Baroque Ensemble (YBE). Harpsichordist Avi Stein and the current members of the postgraduate ensemble will be joined by YBE alumnni from previous years.

Tickets are $15–$25, and student and senior discounts are available. Purchase tickets online, call CarnegieCharge at 212 247-7800, or visit the Carnegie Hall box office.

About the Performers

The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate trio sonata ensemble of two violins, cello, and keyboard dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. String players in the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785. MORE

Published April 15, 2011
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Members of Bach Collegium Japan give master classes at Collection of Musical Instruments

Members of the Bach Collegium Japan will offer a series of master classes on Saturday, March 26, before their performance that evening of Bach’s Mass in B minor. The three master classes will take place Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm at at various Yale venues. All are open to the public without charge.

Vocal class

Gerd Türk, tenor, and Peter Kooij, bass (pictured at right in a photo by Marco Borggreve), will give a vocal masterclass featuring members of the Yale Schola Cantorum in the Great Hall of the Institute for Sacred Music.

Gerd Türk is a sought-after soloist who tours Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, North and South America, and Australia. He has been a member of prestigious ensembles such as Cantus Köln and Gilles Binchois and is also an opera performer. He has made over 100 recordings on Sony, Erato, BIS, BMG, Virgin, and Harmonia Mundi France. Türk is a professor at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland and gives master classes throughout Europe and Asia.

Peter Kooij in an active soloist throughout the world who has made over one hundred recordings for Philips, Sony Classical, Virgin Classics, Harmonia Mundi, Erato, EMI, and BIS. He is the artistic director of the Ensemble Vocal Européen. Kooij  has taught at the Sweelinck Conservatorium (Amsterdam), Musikhochschule (Hannover), and the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. He has given master classes in Japan and throughout Europe.

Music for Strings and Keyboard

Ryo Terakado, baroque violin, and Hidemi Suzuki, baroque cello, will give a masterclass on music for strings and keyboard instruments. Held in the upstairs gallery at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, this class will feature members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble. These performances will feature the Collection’s 1881 Erard grand piano and its Blanchet harpsichord (pictured at left), made in Paris ca. 1740.


Published March 22, 2011
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