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POSTPONED: Violinist Sarita Kwok and pianist Wei-Yi Yang perform on Faculty Artist Series Feb. 3

Sarita KwokNOTE: This event has been postponed because of weather. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 2 at 8 pm.

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents a recital by violinist Sarita Kwok and pianist Wei-Yi Yang on Monday, February 3rd at 8 pm. Kwok and Yang will perform selections by Janáček, Stravinksy, Prokofiev, and Ravel. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

The concert will open with Janáček’s Sonata for violin and piano. Fittingly, in Frankfurt, Germany in 1923, Yale professor and composer Paul Hindemith was the first violinist ever to perform the piece. Next in the program will be Stravinsky’s neoclassical Duo Concertante.

The second half of the recital opens with Prokofiev’s Five Melodies for violin and piano, Op. 35b, composed for the Parisian chamber music society Triton. The evening concludes with Ravel’s Sonata for violin and piano. Stylistically very different from the composer’s earlier efforts, the sonata shows influences of Satie and Stravinsky, as well as a dose of American jazz.


Published January 29, 2014
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Free Lunchtime Chamber Music concert Nov. 6

chamber_music3New Haven, CT | The Yale School of Music will present a Lunchtime Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm at Morse Recital Hall (470 College St, New Haven).

This free event features a colorful variety of ensembles composed of graduate musicians who have come from around the world to study at the Yale School of Music. Violinist Wendy Sharp is director of the chamber music program.

The concert will begin with movements two and three of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata Op. 12 No. 1 on period instruments. Next will follow Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro, for harp with flute, clarinet and string quartet; then Mozart’s Violin Sonata K.526, movement 1.

The second half of the concert will begin with Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata in F minor, movements 1 and 2; followed by Poulenc’s Sextet for wind quintet and piano, and  Mozart’s Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 526: Molto Allegro (6’).

The concert 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. MORE

Published November 4, 2013
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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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Wei-Yi Yang performs Spanish program Oct. 10

The Yale School of Music opens the 2012—2013 season of the Horowitz Piano Series with a recital by the “untiring, passionate, and poetic” (Classics Today) pianist Wei-Yi Yang on Wednesday, October 10.

The centerpiece of the program is Enrique Granados’s masterful Goyescas, a neo-Romantic piano suite inspired by the work of the Spanish painter Francisco Goya. Goyescas exemplifies Granados’s ornamental style, uniquely colored by nationalist folk melodies. The performance will be accompanied by projections of Goya’s art.

Music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, French composers inspired by the sonorities of Spain, will bookend the Goyescas. Yang will open his recital with Debussy’s “…La serenade interrompue” (The Interrupted Serenade), from the composer’s Preludes, Book I.  Concluding the program is Ravel’s “Alborada del Gracioso” (Dawn Song of the Jester), whose rhythms and chords mimic the sound of Spanish guitars.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven. The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman.

Tickets are $12–22, $6–9 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. MORE

Published October 3, 2012
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Violinist Wendy Sharp & friends perform chamber music of France

January 29 concert features music of Fauré, Ravel, and Milhaud

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents violinist Wendy Sharp (pictured at left) in a concert of French chamber music on Sunday, January 29th at 4 pm. Sharp will be joined by violist Marka Gustavsson, cellist Mimi Hwang, and pianist Melvin Chen. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Wendy Sharp is a member of the Yale School of Music faculty and the winner of numerous competitions. Collectively, Gustavsson, Hwang, and Chen are on the faculty at institutions such as the Bard College Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and Yellow Barn, and are members of ensembles including the Colorado Quartet and the Amenda Quartet.

The program will include two duets: Milhaud‘s Sonatine for violin and viola, and Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello, a tribute to the memory of Debussy with subtle nods to Bartók and Kodaly. The concert will conclude with Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15, which is full of “refined sensuality, elegance, and craftsmanship” (Classical Music Guide). MORE

Published January 10, 2012
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“Poetic” pianist Wei-Yi Yang performs Jan. 25

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the “untiring, passionate, and poetic” (Classics Today) pianist Wei-Yi Yang on Wednesday, January 25. Mr. Yang’s performances have been described by critics as “sensational” (New York Times) and “a joy to behold” (Classics Today). An associate professor of piano at the School of Music, Mr. Yang is internationally acclaimed for his recitals, chamber music collaborations, and appearances with orchestra.

The program will include three masterworks by Maurice Ravel and Franz Schubert. The program opens with Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales (Noble and Sentimental Waltzes), an elegant tribute to the waltzes of Vienna and Schubert. The program continues with Ravel’s enigmatic symbolist collection Miroirs (Mirrors or Reflections). Each of the five movements carries a evocative title, such as “A Boat on the Ocean” or “The Valley of Bells,” that is depicted in the eloquent, coloristic music. MORE

Published January 9, 2012
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Yale Philharmonia performs Bruckner’s Third Symphony Jan. 13

Peter Oundjian conducts; program also features music of Ravel and Tchaikovsky

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert featuring music by Bruckner, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky on Friday, January 13, 2012. Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Yale Philharmonia, will conduct the concert. The event begins at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The program opens with Ravel’s Alborada del Gracioso, the composer’s own orchestration of the Spanish-influenced movement from his piano suite Miroirs. Next is Tchaikovsky’s symphonic poem Francesca da Rimini,” based on Dante’s Inferno and depicting the title character and her lover being whirled forever through the second circle of Hell.

The second half of the program features Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 in D minor, in the work’s 1889 version. Bruckner wanted to dedicated a symphony to his friend Richard Wagner, and Wagner chose this symphony for the honor.


Published January 6, 2012
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Linden String Quartet opens second year of Yale residency with Oct. 31 concert

“Remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality…”
– MusicWeb International

The Yale School of Music presents the Linden String Quartet, its graduate quartet-in-residence, in concert on Monday, October 31 at 8 pm. The ensemble, which has won several prestigious honors and accolades in only three years together, will perform music by Schubert, Ravel, Alban Berg, and Kelly-Marie Murphy.

This concert will open with Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C minor, which was not published until after the composer’s death, and Berg’s two-movement String Quartet, Op. 3, written exactly 90 years later. The first half will close with Kelly-Marie Murphy’s Dark Energy. This single-movement piece explores the idea of dark energy, an antigravity force that Einstein suggested in 1917 as a way of explaining why the universe doesn’t collapse. The work is both melodic and virtuosic, beginning softly and gaining momentum.

Ravel’s lush and complex String Quartet in F major will conclude the concert.

The members of the Linden String Quartet – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – are mentored by the Tokyo String Quartet at Yale. The quartet, which has been described as “truly riveting” (MusicWeb International), also enjoys residencies at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts and the Canton Symphony Orchestra. MORE

Published October 18, 2011
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Longtime duo of Kyung Yu and Elizabeth Parisot performs Nov. 2

The Yale School of Music presents violinist Kyung Yu and pianist Elizabeth Parisot in a Faculty Artist Recital on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Yu and Parisot, a longtime duo who have performed together in the United States, Italy, and Korea, will play music from Mozart to Ravel. The recital will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

Yu and Parisot, who are both alumnae of the School of Music and current members of its faculty, will open the concert will open with Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major, K. 378. They will then play works written in the early twentieth century that often sound like the music of earlier times.

Ravel’s Violin Sonata in G Major (1923–27) ranges from a classically-structured opening to a bluesy second movement to a virtuosic finale. Respighi, best known for his colorful orchestral works, wrote his Violin Sonata in B minor (1917) in the Romantic tradition. “Perhaps it was the fact that he was himself an excellent violinist and pianist,” writes Charlie Niven, “that allowed Respighi to write such a powerful work.”

The program will conclude with music of Fritz Kreisler, one of the foremost violin virtuosos of his day: the Praeludium and Allegro; Caprice Viennois; and Danse Espagnole, from Manuel de Falla’s La Vida Breve. MORE

Published October 14, 2011
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Linden Quartet concert at the Kennedy Center Apr. 27 will stream live

The Linden String Quartet – currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music – will perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 pm. The concert will stream live on the Kennedy Center’s website.

The program, called Light and Dark, features Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F major and Robert Schumann’s Quartet in A minor. Debussy wrote to his friend Ravel: “In the name of the gods of music and in my own, do not touch a single note you have written of your Quartet.” Schumann’s first string quartet was part of a burst of chamber works that the newlywed composer wrote in 1842.

The Linden Quartet has won such prestigious competitions as the Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Coleman, and it shared first prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition last spring. The members of the Linden Quartet – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – study with the Tokyo String Quartet at the Yale School of Music.

Published April 26, 2011
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