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Yale Opera’s spring production May 2–3 offers three operas each performance

opera1The Yale School of Music presents Yale Opera‘s spring production, a triple bill of one-acts, on May 2 and 3 in Morse Recital Hall. Each performance will feature short operas by Giacomo Puccini, Lee Hoiby, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The production features stage direction by Louisa Proske, a graduate of Yale School of Drama and a co-artistic director of Heartbeat Opera. Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin are the musical directors. Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. MORE

Published April 14, 2015
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Peter Frankl performs piano concertos on Horowitz Piano Series Nov. 16

Concert also features Linden String Quartet & tenor James Taylor

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert by the pianist Peter Frankl on Wednesday, November 16. While the series most often presents solo recitals, Frankl will be joined by the Linden String Quartet and double bassist Gregory Robbins. The recital will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street.

Frankl will perform two concertos with the string players: Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F major, K. 413, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21. Frankl will also play solo piano works of both composers: Mozart’s Menuet in D major, K. 355, and Sonata in D major, K. 576, and Chopin’s Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49.

Frankl has been described by Auditorium as “not a mere pianist, but a true artist.” The Linden Quartet, currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, has been praised for its “remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality….” (MusicWeb International). Bassist Gregory Robbins ’12MM was selected as a member of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. MORE

Published October 28, 2011
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Peter Oundjian to conduct Yale Philharmonia Jan. 22

Oundjian leads the orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov, Walton, Vaughan Williams

oundjian_blogThe Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, January 22 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia’s principal guest conductor, will lead the orchestra in music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Walton, and Vaughan Williams. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol opens the program. Violinist Katherine Hyun, a graduate of the School of Music and a winner of the 2009 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, will perform the solo in William Walton’s Violin Concerto. The demanding yet intimate piece was written for the legendary Jascha Heifetz, who premiered the work with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1939. Around that same time, Ralph Vaughan Williams began work on his Symphony No. 5 in D major, returning to a more romantic sound than he had used in his previous symphony. MORE

Published January 5, 2010
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Nash Ensemble to perform music for clarinet, horn, strings, and piano

Nash_EnsembleThe Chamber Music Society at Yale presents the Nash Ensemble, one of Britain’s finest and most adventurous chamber groups, at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 7 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The ensemble, which performs music for widely varied combinations of its twelve-person roster, will perform music for piano, clarinet, horn, and strings. The program in Sprague hall includes Vaughan Williams’s Quintet  for clarinet, horn, piano, violin, and cello in D major (1898); Paul Dukas’s Vilanelle for horn and piano; Schumann’s quirky Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) for clarinet, viola, and piano, Op. 132; and perhaps the best-known work of the evening, Dvorák’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87. The performers will be Ian Brown, piano; Richard Hosford, clarinet; Richard Watkins, horn; Marianne Thorsen, violin, James Boyd, viola; and Paul Watkins, cello.

tix1Tickets are $27-$34, students $14. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s new website, music.yale.edu, or call 203 432-4158. MORE

Published March 25, 2009
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