Season Opener: All French Program

Season Opener: All French Program

On September 27, 2014, YSO’s 2014-2015 season will open with Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’Après-Midi d’un Faune. The YSO will accompany Professor Wei-Yi Yang on Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian and will continue with Gabriel Fauré’s lyrical Pelléas at Mélisande suite. The performance will conclude with Debussy‘s La Mer, in which the composer puts very personal musical imagery to work in depicting the universal theme of the ocean.

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Parents’ Night: The Columbiad

Parents’ Night: The Columbiad

On October 11, 2014, the YSO presents a special Parents’ Weekend event sponsored by the Yale Franke Program in the Science and Humanities. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, and YSO’s performance will be the American premiere of American composer Anthony P. Heinrich’s The Columbiad, which was inspired by the migration of the passenger pigeons 150 years ago.

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Halloween Show

Halloween Show

The Halloween Show, presented annually at midnight on October 31, is YSO’s most unique performance: the orchestra plays a soundtrack, consisting of pop music, movie soundtracks, and classical pieces, to a silent film written by, produced by, directed by, and starring YSO members. Woolsey Hall is packed with students for one of the biggest events of the fall semester.

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Schubert and Mahler

Schubert and Mahler

On November 15, 2014, the YSO presents a concert with an “unfinished” theme. Franz Schubert’s Symphony in B Minor (No. 7), beloved for its lyrical nature, remained unfinished in the composer’s lifetime. Despite countless attempts by others to complete the piece, the unfinished version remains one of the most celebrated of Schubert’s instrumental works and has been dubbed the first Romantic symphony. In keeping with the unfinished theme, the YSO will conclude this performance with the opening Adagio from Gustav Mahler‘s unfinished Symphony No. 10, the only complete movement from the composer’s final work.

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Annual Messiah Sing-In

Annual Messiah Sing-In

Join the YSO and the Yale Glee Club on December 7, 2014 for our annual Messiah Sing-In and sing along to the chorus sections of George Frideric Handel’s The Messiah. We will perform a number of excerpts from the timeless oratorio. Scores will be available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit New Haven’s homeless. Admission is free; $5 suggested donation at the door.

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Valentine’s Day Concert

Valentine’s Day Concert

On February 14, 2015, the YSO brings you a seasonally appropriate evening of music spanning over one hundred years of musical interpretation of William Shakespeare’s iconic love story. Join us as we follow this classic romance from nineteenth-century France to Russia to the twentieth-century streets of New York City. With music by Hector Berlioz, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Leonard Bernstein, this performance has something for everyone.

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

On March 28, 2015, the YSO and the Yale Glee Club jointly present Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem under the baton of the Glee Club’s own Maestro Jeffrey Douma. This powerful work was written in the German language in a deliberate deviation from the traditional Latin, and the libretto, which Brahms himself selected, depicts the composer’s very personal outlook.

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Strauss and Prokofiev

Strauss and Prokofiev

On April 18, 2015 our final concert of the 2014-2015 season brings together two beloved works from the early twentieth century. First, we feature Margret Erlendsdottir ’15, winner of the 2014 William Waite Concerto Competition, on Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The YSO will then end our season with An Alpine Symphony, the last of Richard Strauss‘ tone poems.

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