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Boston Globe: Antico Moderno focuses on fresh sounds for period instruments

antico-moderno-webBoston Globe | By David Weininger
May 15, 2015

Jacques Wood’s eureka moment came when he was a graduate student at Yale. Having completed the academic portion of his doctoral studies in cello performance, Wood in 2010 began an immersion in early music practice with Robert Mealy, one of the country’s prominent historical-string players. For many musicians trained on modern instruments, the first serious encounter with instruments of the past can be such a bombshell that they end up pursuing early music with a convert’s zeal.

For Wood, the experience brought a different insight no less revelatory. “My initial reaction was that playing early music for the first time felt a lot like playing new music for the first time,” he said in a recent conversation at a Harvard Square cafe. “It’s the same feeling, where there’s no tradition attached to it. You’re looking at it for the first time.” MORE

Published May 15, 2015
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Violinists from the Yale Baroque Ensemble perform virtuoso program Nov. 18 & 19

Yale Baroque Ensemble 2014-15The Yale School of Music will present members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble in a baroque violin recital on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 18 and 19. Each performance takes place at 5:30 pm at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

The recital features violinists Hyejin Koh and Seul-A Lee, both current members of the postgraduate Yale Baroque Ensemble. They will be joined by Christopher Hwang, baroque cello; Stephen Gamboa, harpsichord; and Arash Noori, theorbo. MORE

Published November 14, 2014
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Yale Baroque Ensemble duo performs recital at Yale Collection of Musical Instruments May 8th & 9th

YBE_2013-14 The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble  in a joint recital on May 8 and 9. Both events begin at 5:30 pm at the Collection (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).  

Baroque oboist Caroline Ross and baroque violinist Corin Lee, both members of the YBE, will play with harpsichordist Elliot Figg. The program, which will be the same both days, includes music by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Antonio Vivaldi, and George Frederick Handel.  MORE

Published May 6, 2014
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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs virtuoso program May 5

YBE_2013-14The Yale School of Music will present the Yale Baroque Ensemble in a program of virtuoso music of the High Baroque on Monday, May 5. The concert takes place at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall.

The performance will feature extravagant sonatas and concertos by Telemann, Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, and Geminiani. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The program opens with Telemann’s Quartet in G major from Musique de Table and continues with J.S. Bach’s Concerto in F minor for harpsichord and strings, BWV 1056. The first half concludes with Vivaldi’s La Follia, Op. 1, No. 12, from Suonate da camera à 3.

The second half opens with two sonatas: Handel’s Sonata in G minor, Op. 2, No. 5, and Geminiani’s Cello Sonata IV in B-flat major from the composer’s Op. 5 collection. Vivaldi’s Chamber Concerto in D major, RV 94, concludes the evening. MORE

Published April 22, 2014
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New Music New Haven features music by Martin Bresnick and David Lang Feb. 6

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The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8 pm. The concert pairs music by faculty composers Martin Bresnick and David Lang with new works by graduate students in the school’s composition program.

The concert opens with Michael Laurello performing his own piece Rose for harpsichord and synthesizer. William Gardiner‘s Songs from Dictée will be performed by members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble and others. Bálint Karosi’s The Final Wait, a funeral cantata for solo alto and strings, will follow; the piece’s text is by Audrey Fernandez-Fraser from the Yale Divinity School.

The second half of the concert opens with James Rubino‘s Progenie, also performed by members of the YBE.
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Published February 5, 2014
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Yale Choral Artists, Yale Philharmonia perform Mozart’s Mass in C minor Feb. 8

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Yale Choral Artists

The Yale School of Music presents a performance of Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8 pm. Jeffrey Douma will conduct the combined forces of the Yale Choral Artists, Yale Philharmonia, and Yale Baroque Ensemble.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The performance will also stream live online. LIVE STREAM 

Mozart left portions of his Mass in C minor incomplete; this performance will feature the version of the work completed by Harvard scholar Robert Levin. This edition uses Mozart’s own sketches and related music, preserving the composer’s spirit. Levin, whose completion of the Mozart Requiem has become the preferred performing version today, completed the Mass in C minor for Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006. MORE

Published January 15, 2014
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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs “musique de chambre” Dec. 8

YBE_2013-14The Yale School of Music will present the Yale Baroque Ensemble on Sunday, December 8, 2013. Directed by faculty member Robert Mealy, the ensemble will perform a concert of elaborate and virtuosic music of the French Baroque. The performance begins at 3 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.

The program features Couperin’s great last large-scale chamber work, “L’Imperiale” from Les Nations. Also on the program are brilliant sonatas by Leclair, Barrières, and others.  MORE

Published November 13, 2013
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New Haven Independent: Bach Goes Old School, Mellow & Gritty

New Haven Independent
By Gilad Edelman

To the untrained eye, the instruments look more or less the same: long neck, shapely body, strings and a bow. But when Nayeon Kim and Jurrian van der Zanden take the stage Tuesday evening, they will feel centuries’ worth of difference.

At their performance of Bach pieces at Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Ave. beginning at 5:30 p.m.), Kim and van der Zanden (pictured) will be playing a violin and a cello that were modeled after original Baroque-era instruments. Members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble, a yearlong postgraduate program of intensive Baroque music study, they are expected to master not only the music, but also the hardware. MORE

Published October 9, 2013
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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs Bach Oct. 8

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Jurrian van der Zanden

The Yale School of Music will present members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble in their first concert of the year on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. The program will focus on chamber music of J.S. Bach.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble (YBE) is a postgraduate ensemble whose members undertake a year of intensive study. The new members featured in this performance are Nayeon Kim, baroque violin, and Jurrian van der Zanden, baroque cello. They will be joined by harpsichordist David Fung. MORE

Published September 16, 2013
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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs Dussek, Haydn, and Mozart Apr. 4

Concert explores hallmarks of European Classical period

The Yale School of Music will present the Yale Baroque Ensemble on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Directed by faculty member Robert Mealy, the ensemble will perform the works of European musical pioneers Dussek, Haydn, and Mozart.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble (YBE) is a postgraduate ensemble whose members undertake a year of intensive study. This year’s members are Holly Piccoli and Edson Scheid, baroque violin; Soojin Chung, baroque cello; and David Fung, fortepiano. MORE

Published March 22, 2013
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