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fa culty a rtis t s eri es

Wendy Sharp violin

Joel Wizansky piano

morse recital hall November 6, 2011 • Sunday at 4 pm Music by Beethoven, Bielawa, Brahms, and Korngold

Robert Blocker, Dean


w end y s h a rp, v iolin joel wizansky, piano November 6, 2011 • Sprague Memorial Hall • Faculty Artists Series

Johannes Brahms 1833–1897

Scherzo for Violin and Piano, “Sonatensatz”

Erich Wolfgang Korngold 1897–1957

Much Ado About Nothing: Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 11 Mädchen im Brautgemach Holzapfel and Schlehwein (Marsch der Wache) Gartenscene Mummenschanz (Hornpipe)

Lisa Bielawa b. 1968

Meditations from The Lay of the Love and Death Riding Meditation 1 Meditation 2 I Carry the Flag Meditation 3 Castle Meditation 4 Tower Room Storm in the House Meditation 5 It Has Never Been So Kingly Lisa Bielawa, narrator intermission

Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827

Sonata in A major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer” Adagio sostenuto – Presto Andante con Variazioni Presto

As a courtesy to the performers and audience, turn off cell phones and pagers. Please do not leave the hall during selections. Photography or recording of any kind is prohibited.


About the Artists

Award-winning violinist Wendy Sharp performs frequently as a recitalist and a chamber musician. In demand as a teacher and chamber music coach, she is on the faculties of the Yale School of Music and California Summer Music, and maintains a private studio. Ms. Sharp was the first violinist and a founding member of the highly acclaimed Franciscan String Quartet. As a member of the quartet she toured the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and was honored with many awards including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Press and City of Evian prizes at the Evian International String Quartet Competition. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, she attended Yale University, graduating summa cum laude with distinction in music, and received her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ms. Sharp has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Dartmouth College, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Choate Rosemary Hall, and has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, Chamber Music West, Norfolk, Britten-Pears, and Music Academy of the West festivals. Ms. Sharp is currently the director of chamber music at the Yale School of Music, where she has also served on the violin faculty since 1997. Ms. Sharp lives with her husband and their two children in North Haven, Connecticut.


About the Artists

Joel Wizansky is acclaimed by audiences and musicians alike for his combination of fiery intensity and probing musicianship. The Washington Post wrote of his “emotional and rich performance, sparkling runs, beautiful phrasing, and dramatic interpretation.� After his debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age 17, he went on to win numerous awards, including first prize in the Helen Hart International Piano Competition and the Yale Gordon Competition and fifth prize in the Marguerite Long International Competition. He has performed frequently in recital and with orchestras in the United States, Europe, Taiwan, and Korea and has been heard in broadcast performances in New York, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Chicago. His first solo compact disc, A Brahms Recital, was released in 2001 on the MRC label. He is also a noted chamber musician and collaborator, and has performed in duo recitals at Carnegie Hall, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and many other venues. He has served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory and is currently a staff pianist at the Yale School of Music.


Notes on the Program

lisa bielawa Meditations from The Lay of the Love and Death

In World War I, thousands of copies of a single little book survived in the coat pockets of dead soldiers. It was Rilke’s epic poem, The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke, a work now little known and often dismissed as juvenilia. The eponymous Cornet is a 19-year-old apocryphal ancestral cousin of Rainer Maria’s who fought and died in the seventeenth-century century war with the Hussars. The poet Rilke was young and full of romantic, creative power when he discovered evidence, in family documents, of the forgotten Christopher. The 23-year-old poet encountered a phantom self in the

Cornet – another Rilke whose life was full of wide-eyed courage, action and discovery, but at a terrible cost. The book was written feverishly, in one night. Perhaps the poet Rilke, suddenly aware of his own mortality, was also already aware that, although many of us continue living into more reflective, circumspect years, in a sense all of us die young, because the innocence of our young selves cannot survive the various awarenesses that are the inevitable result of a prolonged tender encounter with a troubled world. – Lisa Bielawa


Upcoming Events

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Peter Frankl, piano

november 8

november 16

Morse Recital Hall | Tue | 8 pm Oneppo Chamber Music Series Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11, plus piano trios of Tchaikovsky and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Tickets $25–35, Students $15

Morse Recital Hall | Wed | 8 pm Horowitz Piano Series Concertos and solo works of Mozart and Chopin. With the Linden String Quartet. Tickets $12–22, Students $6

Yale Philharmonia

David Shifrin, clarinet

november 17

november 15 Morse Recital Hall | Tue | 8 pm Faculty Artist Series Clarinetist David Shifrin and guests perform music of Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, Poulenc, Panetti, and more. Free Admisison

Woolsey Hall | Thu | 8 pm Shinik Hahm, conductor; Lindsay Garritson, piano. Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances. Free Admission

Simon Preston, organ

Lunchtime Chamber Music november 16 Morse Recital Hall | Wed | 12:30 pm Music for a colorful variety of chamber ensembles. Free Admission

november 20 Woolsey Hall | Sun | 8 pm Great Organ Music at Yale Music of Bach, Mozart, Schumann, and Liszt. Free Admission

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Robert Blocker, Dean

music.yale.edu


Wendy Sharp, violin  

A performance by faculty artists Wendy Sharp, violin, and Joel Wizansky, piano. Beethoven: "Kreutzer" Sonata; Brahms: Scherzo (from the F.A....

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