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NEW MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA
DECEMBER 6 Woolsey Hall 路 Thursday, 8 pm music by Stephen Feigenbaum William Gardiner Michael Gilbertson Daniel Schlosberg Matthew Welch yale philharmonia Shinik Hahm, conductor Paolo Bortolameolli, conducting fellow Jonathan Brandani, conducting fellow
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New Music New Haven 路 Christopher Theofanidis, Artistic Director
NEW MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale 路 Shinik Hahm, conductor
Michael Gilbertson b. 1987
Sinfonia I. II. III. Shinik Hahm, conductor
Daniel Schlosberg b. 1987
My reflection ran away with my eyes Shinik Hahm, conductor Yoon Won Song, violin Brian Bak, violin
Stephen Feigenbaum b. 1989
My Shade Paolo Bortolameolli, conducting fellow
William Gardiner b. 1987
Arion Shinik Hahm, conductor
Matthew Welch b. 1976
Sudamala, for Highland Bagpipes and orchestra Jonathan Brandani, conducting fellow
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PROFILES & NOTES
MICHAEL GILBERTSON composer Michael Gilbertson, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, studied composition with Samuel Adler, John Corigliano, and Christopher Rouse at The Juilliard School and at the Yale School of Music with Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman and Christopher Theofanidis. Gilbertson’s works have been programmed by ensembles including The Juilliard Orchestra, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Symphony in C, the New England Philharmonic, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Dubuque Symphony, the Michigan Philharmonic, the Flint Symphony, the Rockford Symphony, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Musica Sacra, and Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. Gilbertson’s music has earned four Morton Gould Awards from ASCAP, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2007-08 PalmerDixon Prize, awarded by the Juilliard composition faculty for the best student work of the year. Gilbertson’s music can be heard in the 2006 documentary Rehearsing a Dream, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Gilbertson’s published music includes choral works with Boosey & Hawkes and G. Schirmer, and orchestral works with Theodore Presser. In 2009, Michael founded an annual music festival which brings six Juilliard musicians to Dubuque, Iowa for concerts and educational
outreach. The festival is a fundraiser for the Northeast Iowa School of Music, where Michael has taught courses in composition and music history during their summer session since 2008.
Sinfonia notes I composed this Sinfonia during the summer of 2012, basing the work on motives from Vivaldi’s Le Quattro Stagioni. I have always been amazed by how Vivaldi’s musical materials, which look sparse and elemental in printed form, become incredibly colorful and dynamic in performance. This transformation was the inspiration for my Sinfonia. The Yale Philharmonia’s performance includes the first three movements of a four-movement work.
DANIEL SCHLOSBERG composer Composer and pianist Daniel Schlosberg (b. 1987) is currently in the second year of his master’s degree in composition at Yale University, where he has studied with Martin Bresnick, Aaron Kernis, and Christopher Theofanidis, and has studied piano with Hung-Kuan Chen, Peter Frankl, Wei-Yi Yang, and Melvin Chen. He has written works for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, New Morse Code, Encompass New Opera Theater, and (counter)induction. Recently, the Buffalo Philharmonic read his piece Five Stuck as part of the American Composers Orchestra’s EarShot series. Basement Hades: Songs of the Underworld, a music-theater work for which he wrote original music, premiered at the Yale Cabaret last March and was revamped for the Norfolk Music Festival in July. Daniel performs regularly and remains dedicated to playing works of his contemporaries. Concerts this year include Thomas Adès’s Living Toys with Le Train Bleu, George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Daniel has played Barber’s Piano Concerto and Scriabin’s Prometheus with the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and will be performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as a guest artist on their tour to Brazil in late May. He recently made his screen debut as a pianist in the film Malorie’s Final Score. Daniel will conduct his new orchestration of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George at the Yale School of Drama December
14–20. He is also working on a project for the Yale Baroque Ensemble, which will be premiered in February. Daniel is known around the composition department for his homemade doughnuts and cookies.
My reflection ran away with my eyes notes For Italo Calvino, who created systems of systems of systems of memory. For Antonio Vivaldi, who cut into silence like a razor. For Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, whose looking glass was most deliciously twisted. And for that moment in the rickety hall of mirrors where, surrounded by my image projected into infinity, I caught a glimpse of a shadow of some unimaginable horror. A strange sense of déjà vu… a second later, the shadow had vanished.
PROFILES & NOTES
STEPHEN FEIGENBAUM composer Stephen Feigenbaum is an award-winning 23-year-old composer of music for the concert hall and the theater. When he was nineteen, his Serenade for Strings was recorded by the Cincinnati Pops under Erich Kunzel and released on a CD by Telarc. Stephen is a past winner of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble competition. Stephen’s music has been heard at Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Jordan Hall and the Hatch Shell in Boston, the Green Room in San Francisco, and in several international venues. It has received performances by musicians including the JACK Quartet, TwoSense (Lisa Moore and Ashley Bathgate), and Grammy-nominated violinist Caroline Goulding. A native of Winchester, Massachusetts, Stephen majored in music at Yale College and is pursuing a master’s degree at the Yale School of Music. He is a student of Ezra Laderman, and has studied with Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, Samuel Adler, Claude Baker, and Kathryn Alexander.
My Shade notes Because contemporary popular music has a big influence on what I write, orchestral pieces that try to capture that style always intrigue me. For the most part I don’t think they work, and there are certain clichés I’ve come to
associate with that kind of orchestral writing. My goal in this piece was to avoid those clichés completely because I don’t think they work (a drum set will never sound good in Woolsey Hall). Instead I tried to capture sounds that are most similar to electronic music, involving slow, blended sounds of pitched instruments as opposed to trying to capture a “groove” using percussion. When I resort to clichés, they are classical orchestral clichés, reflecting the way electronic music artists sometimes reference the orchestra but only in the most shallow way—really huge timpani rolls or full string sections—as if played on a synthesizer instead of written for an actual orchestra.
WILLIAM GARDINER composer “a coherent vision and a rare ability to incorporate outside influences seamlessly into it ... Classical music needs more new blood like this.” – Anthony D’Amico, brainwashed.com William Gardiner is an Australian composer currently studying at the Yale School of Music with Martin Bresnick and David Lang. The product of a diverse musical pedigree, Gardiner was born to a pair of passionate early music enthusiasts, and spent his earliest years immersed in early music before becoming active in classical, rock, jazz, and electronic modes of music production. An interest in composing was provoked by hearing in concert the music of composers such as Astor Piazzolla and Alfred Schnittke. More recently Gardiner’s work has taken on the influence of innovative contemporary rock groups such as Animal Collective, the seething, virtuosic compositions of Italy’s Fausto Romitelli, and the meticulous electronic soundscapes of countryman Ben Frost. His work has been credited as “absolutely stunning…a bright beacon of things to come” (Adam Mills, Mess+Noise) and as having “a strong sense of grand sonic movement” (Adam Elmer, Cyclic Defrost). Born in 1987, Gardiner previously attended the University of Sydney, where he received degrees in Arts and Law.
Arion notes The title of this work comes from an ancient Greek story, although the work is not
programmatic; I gave the piece its title after it was completed. Arion was a singer and composer, reputed to be the best in the world. He had succeeded in making a lot of money by his musical talents in Italy, and hires a ship to take him back to Greece. He is boastful about his prizes, however, and the ship’s crew plots to kill him in order to steal his money, giving him the option of throwing himself into the sea rather than being killed onboard. Resigned to his fate, he asks to be permitted to sing before he dies, and the crew agree, enticed by the prospect of a performance from such a gifted musician. While he sings, dolphins gather around the ship, unknown to him, enchanted by his music. He throws himself into the sea, still in performing regalia, expecting to drown, but a dolphin saves him and carries him on its back all the way to land. So carried away with excitement at having been saved, Arion forgets to return the dolphin to the water, and it perishes on the beach.
PROFILES & NOTES
MATTHEW WELCH composer Regarded as “a composer possessed of both rich imagination and the skill to bring his fancies to life” by Time Out New York, composer and bagpipe virtuoso Matthew Welch (b. 1976) holds two degrees in music composition: a B.F.A. from Simon Fraser University (1999) and an M.A. from Wesleyan University (2001). He has studied with noted composers such as Barry Truax, Rodney Sharman, Alvin Lucier, and Anthony Braxton. Since locating to New York City in 2001, he has worked with a host of other artists such as John Zorn, Julia Wolfe, Zeena Parkins, and Ikue Mori. The eclectic breadth of his interests in Scottish bagpipe music, Balinese gamelan, minimalism, improvisation, and rock converges in compositional amalgams ranging from traditional-like bagpipe tunes to electronic pieces, improvisation strategies, and fully notated works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, and nonWestern instruments. Since 2002, Mr. Welch has been running and composing for his own eclectic ensemble, Blarvuster, whose repertoire The New York Times has described as “border-busting music; original and catchy.” Mr. Welch has recorded for the Tzadik, Mode, Cantaloupe, Leo, Porter, Muud, Avian, Newsonic, and Parallactic record labels.
Sudamala notes Sudamala is based on a story from the Mahabarata. The tale is of transformation. Here gods change to demons and back, as the hero Sudamala cleanses their impurities and evil. Several battles take place, the victims are lamented, and remade gods are elated. The music moves through several poetic scenes, using scales, rhythms, and melodic devices from Scottish bagpiping and Balinese gamelan in different orchestral configurations inspired by Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestration book. Though it is much like a concerto with “ritornelli,” Sudamala’s quilt of tableaux should really be combined with a dramatic choreography, where the bagpipe is a mystical narrator. It is likely to be the closest I get to a Bolero.
SHINIK HAHM conductor A dynamic and exciting conductor, Shinik Hahm has led the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale since 2004. He was music director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2004. As a guest conductor, he has led orchestras in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has conducted in such concert halls as the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall, Symphony Hall (Boston), Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo Opera City Hall, and the National Theater of China. Recently, he was immediately re-engaged after debuts with the Robert Schumann Orchestra and Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Germany, Porto Alegre Symphony in Brazil, and Shenzhen Symphony in China. Upcoming engagements include the Prague Radio Symphony, Slovak National Symphony, Northern Czech Symphony, and the Malaga Symphony Orchestra. As the chief conductor of the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra, Hahm led the orchestra on tour with concerts at the General Assembly of the United Nations, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. As music director of the Abeline Philharmonic and the Tuscaloosa Symphony for ten years, Mr. Hahm cultivated semiprofessional community orchestras into admirable professional ensembles.
A committed educator, Shinik Hahm is a faculty member of the Yale School of Music. His conducting students have won top prizes at the Besanรงon, Pedrotti, Toscanini, and China National competitions. Hahm has won the Gregor Fitelberg Competition, the Walter Hagen Prize (Eastman School of Music), and the Shepherd Society Award (Rice University). He was decorated by the Korean government with the Arts and Culture Medal. Hahm studied conducting at Rice University and the Eastman School of Music. He is an avid soccer player.
PROFILES & NOTES
PAOLO BORTOLAMEOLLI conducting fellow Paolo Bortolameolli is a graduate both of the Arts Faculty of Universidad de Chile, where he studied conducting with David del Pino Klinge, and from Pontificia Universidad Católica, where he studied piano with Frida Conn. He is now in his second year in the Master of Music degree program in orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music, where he studies with Shinik Hahm. He has participated in master classes with leading conductors, including Neeme Järvi, Pavo Järvi, and Leonid Grin at the Järvi Summer Festival and Academy; with Jorma Panula at El Escorial in Madrid; and with Peter Gülke at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Recently he became the principal conductor of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra. In Chile, he was the principal conductor of a youth orchestra for three years and assistant conductor of the Orquesta USACH. At the Järvi Summer Festival and Academy, he conducted concerts with the Pärnu City Orchestra and Estonian National Youth Orchestra. He has performed with the Orquesta de la Universidad de Concepción and the National Symphonic Orchestra of Perú. As a pianist, Paolo won the first prize of the National Chopin Competition in 2003. In 2005 he won the National Competition for Young Soloists playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto Nº 1 with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Chile.
JONATHAN BRANDANI conducting fellow Jonathan Brandani (b. Lucca, Italy, 1983) is currently a conducting fellow (’14mm) at the Yale School of Music, where he studies with Shinik Hahm. Jonathan studied orchestra conducting with Mark Stringer at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, where he obtained his Magister Artium Diploma with full grades and honors in June 2012. At the same university he also studied opera conducting/ répétiteur with Konrad Leitner and choir conducting with Erwin Ortner. While studying in Vienna, he also benefitted from the useful advice of Daniel Harding and Zubin Mehta. He has conducted the Wiener Kammerorchester, Russian National Orchestra, Webern Symphonie Orchester, Maribor International Orchestra, Haydn Symphonietta, and Royal Camerata Bucharest. In 2011 he conducted Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Webern Symphonie Orchester at the Opera House at Schönbrunn Castle in Vienna; in 2012, at the same venue, he conducted Handel’s Ariodante with the Haydn Symphonietta. In 2012 he conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Entführung aus dem Serail at the Sommertraum Festival am Semmering (Austria). From 2008 to 2010 he worked as répétiteur and as musical assistant at the Festival Oper Klosterneuburg (Austria). A passionate interpreter and scholar of early music, Jonathan has played harpsichord and organ continuo with several renowned European early music ensembles such as Concerto Köln, I Barocchisti, Coro della
Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana, and ArteMusica, and has recorded for Virgin Classics, ORF, Radio4 Netherlands/avro, RSI, and Bongiovanni. He received the scholarship Theodor Körner Fonds 2010 of the Austrian Republic for his research in the field of baroque and classical music by composers from his native Tuscany. Jonathan also studied piano (graduating with full marks and cum laude at the Istituto Musicale “P. Mascagni” in Livorno, Italy), harpsichord, organ, and composition.
THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA OF YALE
violin 1 Yoon Won Song Brian Bak Seul-A Lee Kayla Moffett Seok Jung Lee Gayoung Cho Christian Sitzmann Matheus Garcia Souza Minhye Helena Choi Eun-young Jung Edouard Maetzener Nayeon Kim violin 2 Wonyoung Jung Corin Lee Alissa Cheung Ki Won Kim Mann-Wen Lo Cordelia Paw Eun Kyung Park Melanie Clapies Ji Hyun Kim Go Woon Choi viola Dan Zhang Xinyi Xu Heejin Chang Colin Brookes Jane Mitchell Sara Rossi Leonard Chiang Benjamin Bartel
cello Joonhwan Kim Jurrian Van Der Zanden Bo Zhang Christopher Hwang Jia Cao James Jeonghwan Kim Shinae Kim Elisa Rodriguez Sadaba bass Andrew Small Matthew Rosenthal Noah Colter Jonathan McWilliams flute Bo Hee Kim Kyeong Hoon Seung Jacob Mende-Fridikis oboe Timothy Gocklin Kristen Kall Jihyun Kim clarinet Gleb Kanasevich Igal Levin bassoon Elisabeth Garrett Yuki Katayuma John Searcy
horn William Eisenberg Patrick Jankowski Wing Lam Au Zachary Quortrup trumpet John Allen Gerado Mata Gerald Villella trombone Hana Beloglavec Timothy Hilgert tuba Jens Peterson timpani Doug Perry percussion Jonathan Allen Garrett Arney Victor Caccese Mari Yoshinaga piano Henry Kramer Paul Kerekes Euntaek Kim harp Antoine Malette-ChĂŠnier
THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA OF YALE
conductor Shinik Hahm manager Andrew W. Parker music librarian Roberta Senatore production assistant Kate Gonzales conducting fellows Paolo Bortolameolli Jonathan Brandani office assistants Jean Laurents • Phillip Browne music librarians Michael Hollaway • Paolo Bortolameolli Leonard Chiang • Cristóbal Gajardo-Benitez Michael Gilbertson • Darren Hicks Elisa Rodriguez Sadaba • Hye Jin Koh Qizhen Liu • Yuan Ma • Alan Ohkubo Rachel Perfecto • Matthew Rosenthal Matheus Souza stage crew John Allen • Jonathan Allen Jeffery Arredondo • Colin Brookes Phil Browne • Jonathan Hammonds Timothy Hilgert • Lauren Hunt Stephen Ivany • Gerardo Mata Jonathan McWilliams •Shawn Moore Robert Moser • David Perry • Doug Perry Zach Quortrup • Matthew Rosenthal Gerald Villella
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december 7 Christ Church | Fri | 5 pm Institute of Sacred Music Yale Schola Cantorum with Simon Carrington, guest conductor. Music for St. Mark’s by Johann Rosenmüller and Giovanni Legrenzi, ca. 1670. Free Admission
Andreas Scholl, countertenor december 10 Morse Recital Hall | Mon | 8 pm Institute of Sacred Music Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, and Mozart. Free Admission
Jasper String Quartet december 11 Morse Recital Hall | Tue | 8 pm Oneppo Chamber Music Series String quartets by Mendelssohn and Ligeti, plus Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major with Wei-Yi Yang, piano. Tickets $20–30, Students $10
Peter Frankl, piano december 12 Morse Recital Hall | Wed | 8 pm Horowitz Piano Series Music of Schubert and Debussy. With Ettore Causa, viola. Tickets $12–22, Students $6–9