Season Opener: Chelsea Lane, ’14, Plays Glière

Season Opener: Chelsea Lane, ’14, Plays Glière

On Saturday, October 5, 2013, the YSO opens its 2013-2014 season with Wagner’s dramatic Overture to Tannhäuser and then accompanies Chelsea Lane, ’14, 2013 William Waite Concerto Competition Winner, in Glière’s Harp Concerto. The concert concludes with Bartók’s virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra.

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Halloween Show

Halloween Show

The annual YSO Halloween Show on October 31st at midnight 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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Stravinsky’s The Firebird

Stravinsky’s The Firebird

On Saturday, November 9, 2013, the YSO presents Stravinsky’s well-known Firebird Suite from the beloved ballet. The concert opens with Handel’s Concerto Grosso in C Major, “Alexander’s Feast”, followed by Sibelius’s tone poem, The Oceanides, commissioned for the Norfolk Festival, both conducted by assistant conductor Jacob Joyce, ’14. Tom Myron’s Katahdin (Greatest Mountain), from the soundtrack to a film about Mt. Katahdin, will conclude the first half of the concert.

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Annual Messiah Sing-In

Annual Messiah Sing-In

Join the YSO and the Yale Glee Club on Sunday, December 8, 2013, for our Annual Messiah Sing-In and sing along to the chorus sections of 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.

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Sir Gilbert Levine Conducts Mahler

Sir Gilbert Levine Conducts Mahler

Internationally acclaimed conductor Sir Gilbert Levine will lead the YSO on Saturday, February 22, 2014. The concert will open with Richard Danielpour’s Washington Speaks, which Levine premiered, narrated by Yale’s President Peter Salovey. It will end with Mahler’s powerful Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”, performed in collaboration with the Yale Glee Club and Yale Camerata.

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Jacob Joyce, ’14, Conducts Brahms

Jacob Joyce, ’14, Conducts Brahms

The YSO will open its concert on Saturday, March 29, 2014, with Grieg’s charming Holberg Suite. This will be followed by Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds, Cello, and Bass. YSO’s assistant conductor, Jacob Joyce, ’14, will then lead the orchestra, conducting Brahms’s Symphony No. 4.

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Bulldog Days Concert

Bulldog Days Concert

The YSO invites prospective Yale undergraduates and their parents to its Bulldog Days Concert on April 23, 2014. The program will feature Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso and selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. All members of the Yale and New Haven communities are welcome at this event, which will run approximately one hour. There will also be an hour-long open dress rehearsal and question and answer session beginning at 4 pm for prospective students.

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Season Finale: All French Program

Season Finale: All French Program

YSO’s 2013-2014 season finale, an all-French program, takes place on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The concert will open with Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune”. The YSO will accompany Professor Wei-Yi Yang in Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”. He will then be joined by pianist Eva Virsik for a performance of Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos. The season will conclude with Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, from his ballet based on a Greek love story.

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