Yale Philharmonia opens its season with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Sep. 23 concert features soloists from Yale Opera plus Yale Camerata and Yale Glee Club

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 8 pm in historic Woolsey Hall.

Shinik Hahm will conduct the concert, which opens with a fanfare by Richard Strauss and continues with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3. The fanfare, written for the Vienna Philharmonic, has been played at the orchestra’s annual balls ever since its composition in 1924. Beethoven’s dramatic overture is one of four written for his only opera – which itself went through numerous revisions and was eventually named Fidelio.

For Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony, the Yale Philharmonia will be joined by the Yale Glee Club (Jeffrey Douma, director) and Yale Camerata (Marguerite L. Brooks, director). The vocal soloists, who are current or former students in the prestigious Yale Opera program, are soprano Amanda Hall, mezzo-soprano Kelly Hill, tenor Sam Levine, and bass-baritone Andrew Brown.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. MORE

Published September 7, 2011
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Luthier Andrew Dipper offers talk on Stradivari

Master luthier and historian of string instruments Andrew Dipper will present a talk entitled, “What Makes a Stradivari: The Mysteries of a Great Violin Maker,” on Thursday, Sep. 17, at 5:30 pm, at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.

violin5Mr. Dipper is a sought-after lecturer and has taught violinmaking and restoration in Cremona and London. He has also published important texts on various aspects of stringed instruments which include a translation of the violin-making notes of Count Cozio de Salabue, the first collector of instruments by Stradivari and Guarneri and the patron of J. B. Guadagnini; a book on the theory of violin geometry and F-shaped sound-hole construction; and three articles in The Violin Society of America Journal on the works of the Italian makers, their varnishes and working methods. In addition, he edited the translation of The Secrets of Stradivari by S. Sacconi from Italian to English. He is currently working on a translation of La Chelonomié, ou, Le Parfait Luthier, compiled by the Abbé Sibire from the workshop notes of François Lupot.

After studying sculpture and violinmaking in London and Cremona, he founded Andrew Dipper Restorations in London, England in 1975. MORE

Published September 4, 2009
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