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Peter Oundjian conducts the Yale Philharmonia Apr. 1

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Peter Oundjian

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia with conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 pm. Oundjian returns to Yale for the first time since October to conduct a program featuring two of Russia’s most celebrated composers: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Sun-A Park, a winner of the 2015 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, will be the featured soloist in Tchaikovsky‘s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor. The concerto’s memorable melodies and integrated folk tunes made it an instant success in its day, and it remains one of the most beloved piano concertos in the repertoire today.

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Sun-A Park

Shostakovich‘s Symphony No. 8 in C minor came on the heels of his triumphant “Leningrad” Symphony, which served as an important piece of patriotic, morale-boosting art in the early 1940s.  MORE

Published March 8, 2016
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Yale Opera presents Liederabend: An Evening of Russian Songs Dec. 6

sprague-ext-nightYale Opera will present Liederabend: An Evening of Russian Song on Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Singers in the School of Music’s opera program will perform with pianist Emily Olin, who also prepared the students in Russian language and repertoire. Richard Cross will be the narrator of the evening.

The first half of the concert consists of Russian art songs, including selections by Rachmaninoff, Glinka, and Tchaikovsky, among others.

The second half is comprised of arias and duets from well-known Russian operas, such as excerpts from Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. MORE

Published December 3, 2014
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Yale Philharmonia performs Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and more Jan. 24

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The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale led by conductor Shinik Hahm on Friday, January 24, 2014. The concert, which also features faculty pianist Peter Frankl, takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The program opens with Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, which was inspired by the eponymous poem by French symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé. Pierre Boulez considered the work a turning point in bringing classical music into the age of modernism, saying that “the flute of the faun brought new breath to the art of music.”

Internationally acclaimed pianist Peter Frankl will join the Philharmonia for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, the next concert in the yearlong Beethoven Concerto Project. MORE

Published December 20, 2013
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Yale Opera announces casting for Iolanta

Yale Opera in Morse Recital Hall

Yale Opera has announced the casting for its upcoming production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. The opera, which will be performed May 3 and 4, is a fairy tale about a princess who experiences the transformative power of love.

The rising young director Michael Gieleta makes his Yale Opera debut as the stage director for Iolanta. Timothy Shaindlin is the musical director for the production’s lush score. Doris Yarick-Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. MORE

Published April 9, 2013
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Yale Opera performs Tchaikovsky rarity May 3–4

Michael Gieleta directs, Timothy Shaindlin is musical director

The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music presents Tchaikovsky’s one-act opera Iolanta on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 at 8 pm. The “richly melodious opera” (New York Times) was a great success upon its premiere; its fairytale plot features a blind princess growing up in an enclosed garden and, through the illumination of love, regaining her sight.

The production will be directed by Michael Gieleta, the artistic director of the Cherub Company who works in both theater and opera. Timothy Shaindlin, whose expertise is well-known to Yale Opera devotees, will be the musical director.

Iolanta was Tchaikovsky’s last opera; it premiered in 1892, less than a year before the composer’s death at age 53, and has become “unfairly obscure” (Boston Globe). This lyrical, one-act masterpiece runs approximately ninety minutes.

Performances will take place at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., corner of Wall Street). The singers are all students in the prestigious Yale Opera program, which is directed by Doris Yarick-Cross. Casting will be announced shortly.

Both performances take place at 8 pm. Tickets are $10–15, $5 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu. Tickets can also be purchased on Facebook; join the event here. MORE

Published April 1, 2013
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Yale in New York presents “Serenade and Metamorphosis” in New York and New Haven

A past Yale in New York performance in Zankel Hall

The Yale School of Music and the Yale in New York concert series present “Serenade and Metamorphosis,” a program celebrating the tradition of the instrumental serenade. Concertmaster Ani Kavafian will lead an ensemble of fellow faculty as well as alumni and student string players.

The concert takes place in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 12, 2013, at 7:30 pm. There will be a preview concert in New Haven on Thursday, April 11 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The program pairs Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings with a new piece for the same instrumentation written by YSM graduate Matthew Barnson’12DMA. This will be the world premiere of Barnson’s The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying, a work inspired by Jeremy Taylor’s masterpiece of the 17th-century English cult of melancholia and the sound of Gerhard Richter painting.

Strauss’s Metamorphosen, written in the concluding months of the World War II, is regarded as an elegy for the destruction wrought on Germany by the devastating bombing of Munich. The piece features the complex counterpoint that became a hallmark of Strauss’s compositions.

The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s lush Serenade for Strings, a definitive piece of the late Romantic era. In addition to concertmaster Ani Kavafian, faculty violinists Wendy Sharp and Kyung Yu will also perform in the ensemble.

Yale in New York, led by artistic director David Shifrin, is now in its sixth season. Tickets from $15–$20 are available at the Carnegie Hall box office, online at www.carnegiehall.org, or through CarnegieCharge: 212 247-7800. Admission to the preview concert is free.

Published March 15, 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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Yale Philharmonia performs music from Rome to Russia January 25


Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia and conductor Shinik Hahm in a concert of music from Rome to Russia on Friday, January 25, 2013. The concert, which includes music by Respighi, Koetsier, and Tchaikovsky, will takes place at 8 pm.

Respighi‘s symphonic poem The Pines of Rome opens the program, offering listeners the chance to hear the Newberry Organ in an orchestral performance. YSM student Dexter Kennedy, recognized as a “Rising Star” by the American Guild of Organists, will be the organist.

Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet

The program continues with a performance of Jan Koetsier’s Concertino for trombone quartet and string orchestra. The piece features the Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet, one of the winners of last year’s Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. The members of the quartet are Timothy HilgertHana BeloglavecBenjamin Firer, and Jeffrey Arredondo.

The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky‘s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, a piece representing the composer’s dark view of the world: that “all life is an unbroken alternation of hard reality with swiftly passing dreams and visions of happiness.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Woolsey Hall (located at 500 College Street, corner of Grove Street). For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu. MORE

Published January 16, 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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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.

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Published January 6, 2012
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