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Wei-Yi Yang plays Scriabin, Chopin, Liszt Feb. 4

Wei-Yi YangThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by pianist Wei-Yi Yang on Wednesday, Feburary 4 at 7:30 pm.

Yang will mark the centenary of the death of Alexander Scriabin‘s death with a program that intertwines Scriabin’s music with that of Chopin and Liszt.

Scriabin’s music, which is often infused with mysticism, can be enigmatic; the context of the more familiar Chopin and Liszt pieces will ground this program in more familiar sounds.


Published January 30, 2015
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Boris Berman plays music from a hundred years back Nov. 7

Program highlights Scriabin, Prokofiev, Debussy

Boris Berman

Multimedia program includes Debussy, Scriabin, Prokofiev

NEW HAVEN, CT  | The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents A Hundred Years Back: music written 1912–1913, a performance by pianist Boris Berman, on Wednesday, November 7.

Featuring pieces by Scriabin, Prokofiev, and Debussy, the recital highlights the rich variety of musical styles in the period preceding World War I. The multimedia performance also features narrator Peter Francis James and projections designed by Shawn Boyle. Berman, who is celebrated for his performances of the three composers on this program, has recorded all these compositions to critical acclaim.

Berman opens the program with two sonatas by Alexander Scriabin. The Sonata No. 7 conjures mystical images of flight and feelings of rapture. The one-movement Sonata No. 9, nicknamed “Black Mass,” is considered one of the composer’s masterpieces for the piano.

Prokofiev’s Sarcasms, an example of that composer’s wild modernistic style, will close the first half of the concert.

The latter half of the program will feature Debussy’s La Boite a joujoux (The Toy Box), a witty and elegant ballet for children. The piano performance will be accompanied by narration from Peter Francis James, a faculty member at the Yale School of Drama, and visual projections of pictures by André Hellé that debuted with the original publication of Debussy’s work. The projections are designed by Shawn Boyle, a graduate student in the projection design program at the Yale School of Drama, under the guidance of assistant professor Wendall K. Harrington. MORE

Published October 19, 2012
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Kandinsky comes to life in Oct. 19 performance by Mikhail Rudy

mikhail-rudy-with-kandinsky-imageThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a multimedia performance by the internationally renowned pianist Mikhail Rudy on Wednesday, October 19 at 8 pm. The Russian-born artist will perform music by three composers from his home country: Scriabin, Stravinsky, and Musorgsky. The recital will take place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street.

Musorgsky’s most popular piece, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” will take on new life with colorful animations. In 1928, the artist Wassily Kandinsky created a stage production for Musorgsky’s music. Mikhail Rudy, an experimental filmmaker as well as a musician, has created a video that animates Kandinsky’s sketches and watercolors for that production. The video will be projected on the giant screen behind the piano.

Mikhail Rudy will begin the program with Alexander Scriabin’s last piano works: “Poeme Vers la flamme,” Op. 72; Two Dances, Op. 73; and Five Preludes, Op. 74. He will then play a suite from Stravinsky’s ballet “Petrushka,” in his own arrangement of Stravinsky’s piano transcriptions. “The superhuman virtuosity he exhibited made [this arrangement] far and away the musical highlight of the night,” raved the Post-Gazette.

Rudy has earned critical acclaim for his creative and expressive powers. “So consistently thought out and so brilliantly executed an interpretation,” praised the Vancouver Sun; “This is playing of the highest order of imagination,” wrote Gramophone.

The 2011–2012 Horowitz Piano Series traverses a broad path through the core of the piano repertoire, with star performers such as Yefim Bronfman, artists from the Yale School of Music’s faculty, and back-to-back recitals exploring the complete Prokofiev sonatas. Boris Berman is the artistic director of the series. More information on this season can be found HERE.

Tickets to Mikhail Rudy’s performance on October 19 are $12–$22, $6 with student ID. Pick 5 and Pick 3 sampler packages offer discounts of up to 20% from regular ticket prices. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.


Mikhail Rudy’s distinguished musical career is linked with his search for excellence across art and culture. In addition to his active performing schedule, Mr. Rudy founded the Festival de St. Riquier, where he was the artistic director for twenty years. He is also a respected television broadcaster, the creator of a series of radio projects for France-Musique, and an active experimental filmmaker and writer. Mikhail Rudy has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra under Maazel, the London Symphony Orchestra under Tilson Thomas, the Philadelphia Orchestra, La Scala, Royal Concertgebouw, and the symphonies of Boston, Houston, Toronto, and Sydney, among many others. Festival appearances include Berlin, Vienna, Tanglewood, Edinburgh, and numerous French festivals. His highly acclaimed recordings on EMI include Rachmaninov’s complete works for piano and orchestra with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic; Brahms’s complete solo piano works; and music of Janácek, Szymanowski, Ravel, Schubert, Liszt and Scriabin. An artistic project titled Double Dream, conceived by Mikhail Rudy and jazz pianist Misha Alperin, consists of partial rewrites of and improvisations on works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, Janácek, and Scriabin. The CD, released in 2004 on EMI Classics, was named Gramophone’s Best Record of the Month.

Published September 28, 2011
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Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen, visiting faculty at Yale School of Music, performs Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Scriabin December 1

“This man plays music with uncommon understanding and the instrument with uncommon imagination.”
– Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents Hung-Kuan Chen in a recital on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. Chen, who is a visiting professor of piano at the School of Music this year, has been acclaimed by the Boston Globe as “a virtuoso… a deeply probing, imaginative player with an enormous palette of tone colors.” His sense of color will be particularly apt for the Romantic and post-Romantic repertoire on his program: Chopin‘s Deux Nocturnes, Op. 62; Ravel‘s vivid, fiendishly difficult Gaspard de la Nuit; Scriabin‘s even more virtuosic Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp, Op. 53; and Liszt‘s masterful Sonata in B minor, S. 178.

The Scriabin sonata has been described as the most difficult piece in the piano repertory by no less an artist than Sviatoslav Richter. The epigraph to the piece reads, “I summon you to life, hidden longings! You, drowned in the dark depths of the creative spirit, you fearful embryos of life, I bring you daring!” MORE

Published November 5, 2010
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Pianist Wei-Yi Yang to perform Chopin and Scriabin

yang_vThe dynamic pianist Wei-Yi Yang, who won over audiences last year with his fiery performance in Messiaen’s Turangalila-Symphonie, will perform a solo recital on Wednesday, October 14 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, corner of Wall St., New Haven). The program will feature the music of Chopin and Scriabin, including Chopin’s Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45; Nocturne in F-sharp minor, Op. 48 no. 2; and Sonata in B minor, Op. 58, as well as Scriabin’s Twelve Etudes and the Poème-nocturne, Op. 61.

Tickets are only $11 to $20, students $6. Subscriptions to the Horowitz Piano Series are available until September 30. MORE

Published September 23, 2009
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