James Conlon in residence at the Yale School of Music Oct. 16 & 18

10.09.13
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JAMES CONLON LEADS THE YALE PHILHARMONIA ON OCT. 18

The Yale School of Music presents conductor James Conlon leading the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a free concert on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm. Conlon, a specialist in the music of Benjamin Britten, will conduct Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. The concert takes place in Woolsey Hall at 500 College Street, New Haven, CT.

2013 marks the centenary of Benjamin Britten, and Conlon is engaged in a three-year project to mark the anniversary. Britten wrote the Sinfonia da Requiem in 1940, when he was 26 years old, as a protest against the Second World War. The work's use of the Latin titles from the Catholic Requiem, its somber mood, and its subtle militaristic allusions all contribute to the pacifist composer’s message.

Gustav Mahler composed his Symphony No. 5 in 1901 and 1902 at his summer cottage in Maiernigg, Austria. The piece, which lasts over an hour, traverses a broad scope of human emotion. Like the Britten piece, this symphony alludes to death; its opening movement is a funeral march; the famous fourth-movement Adagietto is a love song to Mahler’s wife, Alma. Conductor Herbert von Karajan said that when one hears Mahler’s Fifth, “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience.”

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.
 
THE YALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC PRESENTS A SYMPOSIUM WITH MR. CONLON ON OCT. 16

The Yale School of Music will also present a symposium on “Reading and Hearing Classical Music: A Conductor’s View” with James Conlon on Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00 pm.

The event opens with a talk by Mr. Conlon, which is followed by an open conversation between Mr. Conlon and Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music. Mr. Conlon will also take questions from the audience.

The event takes place from 4:00–5:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. The symposium will also stream live on the School of Music’s website at http://music.yale.edu/livestream/