Yale Philharmonia opens its 2013–14 season Sep. 20

This post was updated 9/8/2013 with a change of program.


Yale Philharmonia with Shinik Hahm, conductor

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale opens its 2013–14 season with a concert of music by Stravinsky, Beethoven, and Wagner on Friday, September 20. Shinik Hahm will conduct the concert, which also features faculty pianist Boris Berman. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall and is free and open to the public.

Wagner’s tempestuous Overture to The Flying Dutchman opens the concert, followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, with piano soloist Boris Berman. MORE

Published September 3, 2013
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Philharmonia performs Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky Sep. 21

Season-opening concert features conductor Shinik Hahm, pianist Esther Park

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in its season-opening concert on Friday, September 21, 2012. Conductor-in-residence Shinik Hahm will lead the orchestra, and Esther Park ’12AD (pictured at left) is the piano soloist.

The concert opens with a nod to Italy in Rossini‘s energetic Overture to “L’Italiana in Algeri.” But the heart of the program is Russia, with major works by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor features pianist Esther Park , a winner of the 2012 Woolsey Competition. Stravinsky’s ballet “Petrushka,” depicting the dark adventures of a puppet who comes to life, closes the evening.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street), and is free and open to the public. MORE

Published September 11, 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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Vista program offers a fresh look at chamber music by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Widmann

The Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. Part of the School of Music’s renowned chamber music program, Vista features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty. Each ensemble not only performs but also offers insight into the music through spoken commentary. Wendy Sharp is the coordinator of the chamber music program and the director of the Vista series.

This Vista program includes Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from L’histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale), with violinist David Radzynski, clarinetist Wai Lau, and pianist Kuok-Wai Lio; Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in C minor, performed by violinist Soo Ryun Baek, cellist Arnold Choi, and pianist Joo Hyeon Park; Jorg Widmann’s Fünf Bruchstücke, with clarinetist Ashley Smith and pianist Aura Go; and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, performed by violinists Joo Hye Lim and Edward Tan, violist Timothy LaCrosse, cellist James Kim, and Lindsay Garritson, piano.

The recital will stream live. Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published November 22, 2010
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Yale Opera announces casting for spring operas

Yale Opera (Doris Yarick Cross, artistic director) has announced the casts for the upcoming production of Bizet’s La Tragédie de Carmen (adapted by Marius Constant, Peter Brook, and Jean-Claude Carrière) and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol.

The double bill will be presented this coming Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17, at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. Mark Streshinsky is the stage director; Timothy Shaindlin and Douglas Dickson provide musical direction and accompaniment.

Tickets are still available at music.yale.edu/concerts or 203 432-4158.

Casting for Friday, April 16 / Saturday, April 17:
(If only one name is listed, that singer will perform the role both nights.)


Published April 12, 2010
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Yale Opera to present a double bill of Bizet’s La Tragédie de Carmen and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol on April 16 and 17

Mark Streshinsky, stage director

The Yale School of Music and Yale Opera will present two evenings of short operas on April 16 and 17. The performances, featuring the up-and-coming singers of Yale Opera who dazzled audiences in February’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, will take place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The creative team features stage director Mark Streshinsky, the new artistic director of Berkeley (California) Opera who is acclaimed for his “seamless and imaginative staging” (Cincinnati Enquirer). Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin will provide musical direction and accompaniment. Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera.

Each evening will open with La Tragédie de Carmen, an adaptation Bizet’s beloved opera Carmen by the Romanian-French composer Marius Constant. Igor Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) is based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen. The short three-act opera was composed in the same period as Stravinsky’s ballets The Firebird, Petroushka, and The Rite of Spring and reflects his stylistic innovations during those heady years.


Published March 19, 2010
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Yale Philharmonia offers four 20th-century works for chamber orchestra in Sprague Hall Feb. 26-27

Program features the original version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring

Phil_Chamber_Orch_blogThe Yale Philharmonia, the premier ensemble of the Yale School of Music, will present two concerts of music for chamber orchestra on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The program, which is the same each night, belies the twentieth century’s reputation for difficult music: all four pieces are tonal and among the era’s most approachable repertoire. Shinik Hahm, the conductor of the Yale Philharmonia, will lead both performances.

The program opens with Stravinsky’s neo-classical chamber concerto Dumbarton Oaks (1937-8), inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Closing the first half is the original version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, scored for 13 instruments. The ever-popular work won Copland the 1945 Pulitzer Prize. Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1928) will feature soloist Paul Won Jin Cho, a winner of the 2009 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. The concert will conclude with Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for string orchestra.


Published February 10, 2010
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Yale Opera announces spring repertoire

Winter production of The Marriage of Figaro
to be followed in April by a double-bill of Carmen and Le Rossignol

A scene from Yale Opera's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute at the Shubert Theatre, February, 2009. Photo by Jennifer Lester.

A scene from Yale Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Shubert Theatre, February, 2009. Photo by Jennifer Lester.

Yale Opera and artistic director Doris Yarick-Cross are pleased to announce the repertoire for its winter and spring productions. The winter production, which will take place at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater in February, will be an Mozart’s popular The Marriage of Figaro. The opera will be performed in the original Italian with projected English translations. This production by Robert Driver will feature a creative team including stage director Vera Lúcia Calábria, set designer Boyd Ostroff, and lighting designer William Warfel. Christoph Campestrini will conduct the Yale Philharmonia.

The month of April will bring a double-bill of Bizet’s La Tragédie de Carmen and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol. Both productions will be performed in their original languages – French for Carmen and Russian for Le Rossignol – with projected English translations. Mark Streshinsky will provide stage direction, Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin will provide musical direction and accompaniment, and William Warfel will design the lighting. The performances will take place April 16 and 17 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. MORE

Published October 9, 2009
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Yale in NY offers piano music for four and six hands


Featuring pianists Boris Berman, Claude Frank, Elizabeth Parisot, Wei-Yi Yang

The Yale School of Music presents “One and Two Pianos, Four and Six Hands,” a fascinating program of music by Mozart, Schnittke, and Stravinsky, on Wednesday, February 4 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. Eminent pianists from the School of Music include Boris Berman, Claude Frank, Elizabeth Parisot, Ilya Poletaev, Wei-Yi-Yang, and Dean Robert Blocker. Alumna Pei-Yao Wang and student Reinis Zarins will also perform. In reviews of recent Yale in New York performances, the New York Times praised Berman’s “fluency” and Yang’s “virtuosity.”

The first half of the program highlights works of Mozart, opening with the overture to The Marriage of Figaro arranged for piano six hands. This unusual transcription was created by the renowned piano pedagogue and composer Carl Czerny, who was born in 1791, the year of Mozart’s death. This is followed by Mozart’s Andante with Five Variations for Piano Duet in G major, K. 501, for piano four hands, and the Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K. 448.

The evening’s second half opens with another novelty for six hands: the seldom-performed Homage to Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich by Alfred Schnittke. The evening ends with a masterpiece, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in the composer’s own transcription for piano four hands. Months before the groundbreaking Rite premiered in Paris in 1913, Stravinsky himself played this four-hand version with none other than Claude Debussy, who later remarked that the piece haunted him like “a beautiful nightmare.”

Published February 4, 2009
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