Peter Oundjian guest conducts the Yale Philharmonia in Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and more April 1

Bass-baritone Tyler Simpson, winner of the Woolsey Competition, sings Strauss

Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street at Grove Street, New Haven). The concert will feature Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony as well as music of Bedřich Smetana and Richard Strauss. Oundjian, a longtime faculty member at the Yale School of Music, was recently appointed the music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The program opens with Smetana’s Šárka, one of the six tone poems from the series Má Vlast (“Homeland”). It is named for the female warrior Šárka, a fierce figure in the Czech legend of the Maidens’ War. Bass-baritone Tyler Simpson, a graduate of the Yale Opera program and a winner of the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, will sing Notturno, a song by Strauss on a text by Richard Dehmel. Dehmel’s poem tells the story of an encounter with Death in a dark, snow-covered landscape. Holly Piccoli will play the solo violin line, which depicts the moment that Death plays a violin.

Mahler’s epic Fifth Symphony will constitute the second half of the concert. The conductor Herbert von Karajan once said that when listening to the work, “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience.”

This performance is free and open to the public. MORE

Published March 4, 2011
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Winners of the 2010 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition Announced

Carl Oswald, oboe

Winners will perform with the Yale Philharmonia next season

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the results of the 2010 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. The competition took place on Saturday, April 10, and featured instrumentalists and vocalists selected by the faculty through departmental preliminaries. The three guest judges for this year’s competition were Julia Lichten, professor of cello at  the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase, and a member of Orpheus; Paul Rutman, professor of piano at The Hartt School; and Carol Wincenc, professor of flute at the Juilliard School and SUNY Stony Brook.

The three winners will appear as soloists with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale next season.

The 2010 winners, in alphabetical order, are:

Nathaniel Chase
Koussevitsky: Double Bass Concerto

Carl Oswald
Strauss: Oboe Concerto

Tyler Simpson
Strauss: Notturno

Published April 16, 2010
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Four Yale Opera singers join Waterbury Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

beethoven_paintingFour singers from Yale Opera will be the featured soloists in the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony this Sunday, November 22 at 3:00 pm. The Waterbury Symphony will present an all-Beethoven program in the Fine Arts Center at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC). Maestro Leif Bjaland, WSO Music Director and Conductor who was previously the director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, will lead the orchestra in the composer’s first and last symphonies.

The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the NVCC College Choir, under the direction of Dr. Richard Gard, with guest soloists Amanda Hall, soprano; Gala El Hadidi, mezzo-soprano; Michael Paul Krubitzer, tenor; and Tyler Simpson, baritone. The program opens with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and is followed by the Symphony No. 9, op. 21 in C major.

A free pre-concert lecture will be held at 2:10 in the Mainstage Theater at NVCC. The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra invites attendees to a post-concert reception (tickets $20) where they can meet Maestro Bjaland, NVCC College Choir conductor, Richard Gard, and the guest soloists. For more information, please contact the WSO office at 203 574-4283 or visit

Published November 19, 2009
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