Robert Blocker, Dean
faculty artist series
Wendy Sharp, violin with
Joel Wizansky, piano
Sunday, November 10, 2019 | 3 pm | Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall
Clara Schumann 1819â€“1896
Three Romances for violin and piano, Op. 22 I. Andante molto II. Allegretto III. Leidenschaftlich schnell
Loren Loiacono b. 1989
Stout with Another Manâ€™s Song (2014) I. Canto II. Commentary
Caroline Shaw b. 1982
Broad and Free (2017) intermission
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Program, cont. Hannah Lash b. 1980
Two Songs for mezzo-soprano, violin, and harp (2019) World premiere 1. Hope 2. How Long? Janna Baty, mezzo-soprano Hannah Lash, harp
Roy Harris 1898–1979
Dance of Spring (1942)
Charles Ives 1874–1954
Sonata No. 4 for violin and piano, “Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting” (1916) I. Allegro II. Largo III. Allegro
Artist Profiles Wendy Sharp, violin
Joel Wizansky, piano
Award-winning violinist Wendy Sharp performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber musician. In demand as a teacher and chamber music coach, she serves as Director of Chamber Music and is a member of the violin faculty of the Yale School of Music, also maintaining a private studio.
Pianist Joel Wizansky made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age 17. Since that time he has performed frequently as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Among his appearances have been solo recitals at the 92nd St. Y in New York, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and Old First Concerts in San Francisco, and chamber recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Caramoor Festival in New York, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and the Seoul Arts Center in Korea. Mr. Wizansky has been heard in radio broadcast recitals in New York, Washington, Baltimore, and Chicago, and his recordings include the complete violin and piano works of Benjamin Lees, and a solo disc, A Brahms Recital.
Sharp was the first violinist and a founding member of the acclaimed Franciscan String Quartet. The quartet toured the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and was honored with awards including first prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Press and City of Evian prizes at the Evian International Competition. A San Francisco Bay area native, 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. Sharp served for 21 years on the faculty of California Summer Music and has taught at Mannes College of Music, Dartmouth College, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, Chamber Music Northwest, Norfolk Chamber Music, Britten-Pears, and Music Academy of the West festivals. She currently serves as a Fellow in Berkeley College and as a member of the board of Chamber Music America.
Among Mr. Wizanskyâ€™s numerous awards are first prize in the Helen Hart International Piano Competition, fifth prize in the Marguerite Long International Competition, and first prize in the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Leonard Shure, and earned the Artist Diploma as a student of Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory. He has served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory and the Yale School of Music.
Artist Profiles, cont.
Janna Baty, mezzo-soprano
Broad and Free Caroline Shaw note by the composer
Mezzo-soprano Janna Baty enjoys an exceptionally versatile career. She has sung with many of the world’s most celebrated ensembles, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Daejeon Philharmonic, Hamburgische Staatsoper, L’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under the batons of James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, and Robert Spano, among numerous others. A noted specialist in contemporary music, Baty has worked with many influential composers. She is an alumna of Oberlin College and the Yale School of Music. She joined the Yale School of Music faculty in 2008. Hannah Lash, harp Hailed by The New York Times as “striking and resourceful… handsomely brooding,” Hannah Lash’s music has been performed at major venues throughout the United States. In the 2017–2018 season, Jeremy Denk and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra premiered Lash’s Piano Concerto No. 1, “In Pursuit of Flying”; the Atlantic Classical Orchestra debuted Facets of Motion; and Music for Nine, Ringing was performed at the Music Academy of the West. In the 2018– 2019 season, Lash’s Songs of Imagined Love was premiered at Carnegie Hall by tenor Paul Appleby and pianist Natalia Katyukova.
Broad and Free takes its name from a phrase in a 1905 New York Times account of Fritz Kreisler’s recital in Carnegie Hall: “Mr. Kreisler’s technical powers are such that these difficulties make no interference with the poise of the artist, or the broad and free outlines of his interpretation.” I wrote it for my college violin teacher and one of the most wonderful musicians I know, Kathleen Winkler, and she premiered it 2017 with pianist Conor Hanick at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA. The piece weaves in and out of moments from Kreisler’s famous little recital piece, Liebesleid, like a distant memory, or like a faded photograph sitting on a frame on a piano in the corner of a living room. (Another violin teacher of mine, Joanne Bath, had framed pictures of former students covering her piano and walls. She also first introduced me to Kreisler’s Liebesleid when I was about ten.) I like the idea that “broad and free” is a state of mind when playing the violin. After one has mastered, through careful attention and diligent practice, the technical details of the instrument, one might approach a freedom of expression that soars beyond the minutiae toward something more sublime and personal.
Texts Two Songs hannah lash Hope Earth moved— Mountains fell into sea: Water raged and drank more ground, shaken loose. Let us stand in our rivers and offer sacrifice. This is our shame. This is our devastation, Our one unchanging thing. Raging kingdoms collide and melt. The water will swallow us too, even as we suck each others’ springs dry Hope? The word rings a bell, it might have been a thing we used up: Yesterday’s refuge. How Long How long? Forever? Will you forget me? Will you hide your face from me? How long? Look at me! Give my eyes the light of yours! Look at me, or night will surely fall, And my soul will stumble and lose itself. Look at me, and I can find hope. Sing to me, and I will follow your voice.
Upcoming Events nov 12 Polonsky-Shifrin-Wiley Trio Oneppo Chamber Music Series A performance of Beethoven’s “Gassenhauer” Trio, Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano, and Brahms’ Clarinet Trio in A minor 7:30 p.m. | Morse Recital Hall Tickets start at $28, students $13 nov 13 Ettore Causa, viola & Boris Berman, piano Faculty Artist Series Faculty violist Ettore Causa and faculty pianist Boris Berman perform Shostakovich’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, Chopin’s Cello Sonata in G minor (arranged for viola), and more. 7:30 p.m. | Morse Recital Hall free nov 14 Benjamin Hoffman, violin DMA Recitals Music by Bach, Webern, Schubert, and Schumann. 7:30 p.m. | Morse Recital Hall free
nov 15 Louis Hayes Quintet: Serenade for Horace Ellington Jazz Series Drummer Louis Hayes pays tribute to the music of hard-bop pioneer Horace Silver, whose band Hayes joined as a teenager in 1956. 7:30 p.m. | Morse Recital Hall Tickets start at $22, students $10 nov 21 Guitar Chamber Music YSM Ensembles A performance by students from faculty guitarist Benjamin Verdery’s studio. 1:00 p.m. | Center for British Art free nov 21 Peter Oundjian, principal conductor Yale Philharmonia Nighttime is celebrated in a program featuring Debussy’s Nocturnes with the treble voices of the Yale Schola Cantorum, Weber’s Bassoon Concerto, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. 7:30 pm | Woolsey Hall Tickets start at $12, Yale faculty/ staff $8, students free* $3 surcharge at the door
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