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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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Tafelmusik brings House of Dreams to Yale Mar. 5

“One of the world’s top baroque orchestras.”
– Gramophone

The Yale School of Music presents Tafelmusik in the multimedia program House of Dreams on Tuesday, March 5 at 8 pm, in Morse Recital Hall.

House of Dreams is a groundbreaking and world-renowned venture into the collaboration between visual and musical arts in the time of Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, and Bach. Planned as an international project involving the Handel House Museum (London), the Palazzo Smith Mangilli-Valmarana (Venice), the Golden ABC (Delft), the Palais-Royal (Paris), and the Bach Museum and Archive (Leipzig), in conjunction with extensive historical research, House of Dreams is a performance experience that evokes the locations and exact settings, including the visual artistic masterpieces, that inspired some of the greatest baroque composers of the age.

Tafelmusik has been hailed as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” by Gramophone Magazine. In recent seasons, the orchestra made its debut at Carnegie Hall to sold-out performances that The New York Times praised for “stately, buoyant, and crisply etched playing… elegant phrasing and lithe clarity.” The Toronto-based period instrument orchestra has toured worldwide, and is the only Canadian orchestra to have held an annual international residency at the Klang und Raum Festival (Germany).

This concert is presented jointly by the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, directed by David Shifrin, and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, directed by William Purvis. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

Tickets are $25–$35, $15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

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Published February 25, 2013
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“Superb” early music ensemble Sarasa performs at Collection of Musical Instruments

Program of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons interspersed with music of Telemann

sarasaThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the “all-star” (Boston Globe) early music ensemble Sarasa on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 3 pm. Led by artistic director and cellist Timothy Merton, a sextet will present a program centered around Vivaldi’s Four Seasons interspersed with works by Telemann. The concert will take place in the intimate venue of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind.

The ensemble, praised for its “enormous vitality” (Boston Globe) and “informed and impassioned musicmaking” (St. Petersburg Times), performs concerts in conventional settings but also aims to bring music to those who have little access to it – including audiences in correctional facilities, homes for the elderly, and other institutions. A chamber music ensemble of variable size that draws on a diverse pool of superb musicians from the US, Europe, and Canada, Sarasa will be represented in this performance by Elizabeth Blumenstock, Sarah Darling, and Amie Weiss, violins; Jenny Stirling, viola; Timothy Merton, violoncello; and Charles Sherman, harpsichord. MORE

Published January 8, 2010
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“Madcap, Red Priest, and Angel” offers Baroque program at the Collection of Musical Instruments

With John Holloway, violin; Jaap ter Linden, cello; Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord

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The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents “Madcap, Red Priest, and Angel,” the concluding concert in the 2008-09 Collection series, on Sunday, February 22 at 3:00 pm.  The program offers a selection of works by Leclair, Corelli, Vivaldi, and Veracini, performed by the trio of John Holloway, violin; Jaap ter Linden, cello; and Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord.

Tickets are $20, $15 for Yale staff and senior citizens, and $10 for students with ID. Tickets are available at music.yale.edu, at the School of Music Box Office in the lobby of Sprague Hall, or by calling 203 432-4158. After noon on the Friday before the concert, any tickets not yet sold may be reserved by calling the Collection  at 203 432-0825.

John Holloway has been a pioneer of the Early Music movement in Britain. In 1975 he founded the ensemble L’Ecole d’Orphée. He won a Gramophone Award in 1991 for his recording of Biber’s Mystery Sonatas. Holloway has been Professor of Baroque Violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Guest Professor at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. He is on the faculty of the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden, Germany, and is Music Director of New Trinity Baroque, a period instrument ensemble and orchestra based in Atlanta.

Jaap ter Linden, who performs on both viola da gamba and Baroque cello, was co-founder of Musica da Camera. He has been the principal cellist of Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert, and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. He founded and directs the Mozart Akademie and is a guest director and soloist with the Arion Ensemble. He has led the San Francisco Philharmonia Baroque, Portland Baroque, and Amsterdam Bachsoloists. He has made award-winning recordings for Harmonia Mundi, Archiv, ECM, Deutsche Grammophon, and others, and has conducted operas at the Städtische Bühne Münster and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.

After completing studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Danish harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen studied with Trevor Pinnock. He has been a member of London Baroque and Collegium Musicum 90. He has recorded extensively on the Archiv, Harmonia Mundi, and Da Capo labels, and his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on Kontrapunkt won the Diapason d’Or. As a conductor, Mr. Mortensen frequently leads the Royal Opera orchestra in Copenhagen and the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He is Artistic Director of Concerto Copenhagen and has taught at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich.

Published February 25, 2009
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