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fa culty a rtis t s eri es

Ettore Causa viola

Boris Berman piano

morse recital hall February 19, 2013 • Tuesday at 8 pm Music by Schumann, Brahms, Hindemith, and Franck

Robert Blocker, Dean

e t t ore causa & boris be r man February 19, 2013 • Sprague Memorial Hall • Faculty Artist Series

Robert Schumann 1810–1856 Johannes Brahms 1833–1897

From the F.A.E. Sonata: Intermezzo Scherzo


Märchenbilder, Op. 113 I. Nicht schnell II. Lebhaft III. Rasch IV. Langsam, mit melancholischem Ausdruck


Fantasiestücke Op. 73 I. Zart und mit Ausdruck II. Lebhaft, leicht III. Rasch und mit Feuer intermission

Paul Hindemith 1895–1963

Meditation, from Nobilissima Visione

César Franck 1822–1890

Sonata in A major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Recitativo-Fantasia. Ben moderato IV. Allegretto poco mosso

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

ettore causa, violin

boris berman, piano

Italian-born violist Ettore Causa is praised for his exceptional artistry, passionate intelligence, and complete musicianship. He was awarded both the P. Schidlof Prize and the J. Barbirolli Prize for the most beautiful sound at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. Causa has made solo and recital appearances in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Madrid National Auditorium, Salle Cortot (Paris), Tokyo Symphony Hall, and Teatro Colon, and has performed at festivals such as the Menuhin (Gstaad), Salzburg, Tivoli (Copenhagen), Prussia Cove (England), Savonlinna (Finland), Launadire (Canada), and Norfolk (Conn.) Festivals. Mr. Causa is a former member of the Aria Quartet and a current member of the Poseidon Quartet, and has collaborated with such renowned musicians as the Tokyo and Elias String Quartets, Pascal Rogé, Peter Frankl, Thomas Adès, Natalie Clein, Ana Chumachenco, Ani Kavafian, Alberto and Antonio Lysy, Liviu Prunaru, Thomas Demenga, Anthony Marwood, Ulf Wallin, William Bennett, and others.

Pianist Boris Berman is well known to the audiences of close to fifty countries on six continents. He regularly appears with leading orchestras, on major recital series, and in important festivals. He studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished pianist Lev Oborin. An active recording artist and a Grammy nominee, Boris Berman was the first pianist to record the complete solo works by Prokofiev (Chandos). Other acclaimed releases include all the Scriabin piano sonatas (Music and Arts) and a recital of Shostakovich piano works (Ottavo), which received the Edison Classic Award, the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy. The recording of three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Neeme Järvi conducting (Chandos), was named Compact Disc of the Month by CD Review. Other recordings include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Franck, Weber, Debussy, Stravinsky, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Joplin, and Cage.

Ettore Causa studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy with Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskar, and later at the Manhattan School of Music with Michael Tree. After teaching for many years at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Mr. Causa joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music in 2009. His recordings include two Claves CDs, one of the Brahms viola sonata and the other his transcription of Romantic pieces, which was awarded 5 Diapasons. Mr. Causa performs on a viola made for him by Frederic Chaudiere in 2003.

In 1984, Mr. Berman joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music, where he is professor of piano, coordinator of piano, and music director of the Horowitz Piano Series. He also gives master classes throughout the world, and in 2005 he was named an honorary professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2000, Yale University Press published Mr. Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, which has since been translated into several languages. In 2008, the same publisher released Mr. Berman’s book Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer.

Upcoming Events

Lunchtime Chamber Music

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak

february 20

february 22

Morse Recital Hall | Wed | 12:30 pm Music for a variety of ensembles. Free Admission

Morse Recital Hall | Fri | 8 pm Ellington Jazz Series Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak, featuring David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, guitar; François Moutin, bass; and Dan Weiss, drums. Mahanthappa, the cross-cultural saxophone sensation, possesses “a roving intellect and a bladelike articulation.” — New York Times Tickets $30-20, Students $10

Akahoshi & Parisot february 20 Morse Recital Hall | Wednesday | 8 pm Faculty Artist Series Ole Akahoshi, cello, and Elizabeth Parisot, piano. J.S. Bach: Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028; Beethoven: Sonata for piano and cello in D major, Op. 102, No. 2; Mendelssohn: Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 58. Free Admission

The Arabella Quartet february 23 Morse Recital Hall | Sat | 8 pm Faculty Artist Series Music of Haydn, Debussy, and Smetana. Faculty members Sarita Kwok, violin, and Ettore Causa, viola, perform with their quartet members Julie Eskar, violin, and Alexander Lecarme, cello. Free Admission

Concert Programs & Box Office: Krista Johnson, Carol Jackson, Julie Blindauer Communications: Dana Astmann, Monica Ong Reed, Austin Kase Operations: Tara Deming, Chris Melillo Piano Curators: Brian Daley, William Harold Recording Studio: Eugene Kimball P.O. Box 208246, New Haven, CT · 203 432-4158

Robert Blocker, Dean

Ettore Causa, viola & Boris Berman, piano  

Ettore Causa and Boris Berman perform music by Schumann, Brahms, Hindemith, and Franck.