- Wed, May 31, 2017 03:00 PM
13/6 Bolshaya Nikitskaya ulitsa
Latitude: 55.7561, Longitude: 37.6039
MOSCOW | Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory Date: WED, 31 MAY Time: 15:00 Tickets: FREE Classical Movements presents an exciting performance by the world-renowned Yale Symphony Orchestra (YSO) of New Haven, Connecticut during their first-ever concert tour to Russia. Led by maestro Toshiyuki Shimada, YSO Music Director since 2006, the 60-plus members of Yale’s largest on-campus orchestra will perform an expertly curated program of both American and Russian composers: Overture to the School for Scandal by Samuel Barber, alongside Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Boris Berman, the Moscow Conservatory-trained pianist the Boston Globe dubbed “the best that Russian training has to offer,” joins for Béla Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto. Present Chair of the Piano Department at the Yale School of Music, watch Berman perform Bartók’s Third with YSO and Shimada, live from Woolsey Hall, this April. “I am always thrilled to be on the podium, in front of this orchestra,” Shimada says, “because it seems like there’s no real limit to what kind of sound they can create. I’m very proud to present the Yale Symphony Orchestra at the highest artistic standard to the world.” Founded in 1965 by a group of students who saw the growing potential for a large symphonic ensemble to thrive on campus, the Yale Symphony Orchestra has become one of the premier undergraduate ensembles in the United States. The largest orchestra at Yale College, the YSO provides a means for students to perform symphonic music at a conservatory level, while taking advantage of all Yale, as a liberal arts institution, has to offer. For conservatory-level students seeking that strong liberal arts or even STEM education, YSO is one of the few extracurricular opportunities for musicians to maintain the trajectory of their studies in a non-conservatory environment. In fact, 80-90% of its members are non-music majors. In addition to the hundreds of successful doctors, lawyers and businesspeople who have played with the orchestra, YSO alumni also include members of the New York Philharmonic (Sharon Yamada, 1st violin), Boston Symphony Orchestra (Haldan Martinson, principal 2nd violin; Owen Young, cello), Los Angeles Philharmonic (David Howard, clarinet), San Francisco Symphony (the late William Bennett, oboe), Philadelphia Orchestra (Jonathan Beiler, violin), Toronto Symphony (Harry Sargous, oboe, ret.) and Israel Philharmonic (Miriam Hartman, viola), as well as Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, composers Michael Gore, Robert Beaser, Conrad Cummings, Stephen Paul Hartke, Robert Kyr and NPR commentator Miles Hoffman. With a reputation and output that rivals those of conservatories worldwide, the Yale Symphony Orchestra has been committed to commissioning and performing new music throughout its 52-year history. Notably, in 1973, the YSO presented the European premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass and has performed the world premiere of the definitive restoration of Charles Ives’ Three Places in New England, the U.S. premiere of Debussy’s Khamma and the East Coast premiere of Benjamin Britten’s The Building of the House. Every season, too, YSO works with the Yale School of Music and the undergraduate Department of Music to program works by Yale faculty, student and alumni composers. Having performed with internationally recognized soloists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Frederica von Stade, Emmanuel Ax, David Shifrin and Thomas Murray, each year, YSO also accompanies student winners of the William Waite Concerto Competition. Recent performance venues include New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Under the baton of music director Toshiyuki Shimada, YSO has toured both domestically and internationally, including a 2010 tour of Turkey with acclaimed pianist Idil Biret. Ms. Biret rejoined the orchestra for a recording of Paul Hindemith’s piano concerti, which were released in 2013 on the Naxos label. Past tours have brought the orchestra to Portugal, Korea, Central Europe, Italy and, most recently, Brazil. In New Haven, the Yale Symphony Orchestra is famous for its legendary “Halloween Show,” a student-produced silent movie, whose score the orchestra performs at midnight in full costume. Long a Yale tradition, the YSO’s “Halloween Show” sells out Woolsey Hall days in advance, and the production remains a closely guarded secret until the night of performance. Recent cameo appearances include James Franco, Woody Allen, Alanis Morisette, Rosa DeLauro and Jimmy Kimmel. Former YSO music directors include Richmond Browne, John Mauceri, C. William Harwood, Robert Kapilow, Leif Bjaland, Alasdair Neale, David Stern, James Ross, James Sinclair, Shinik Hahm and George Rothman. Music Director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra since 2005, Toshiyuki Shimada also serves as Music Director for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London and the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. In addition, maestro Shimada is Music Director Laureate of Maine’s Portland Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Music Director from 1986-2006. Prior to his Portland engagement, he was Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra for six season. This season, maestro Shimada will continue his engagements with all three orchestras, teaching schedule at Yale University, as well as guest conducting duties with two Turkish orchestras, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic and the Bilkent Symphony in Ankara. Shimada has been a frequent guest conductor with a number of international orchestras, including the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, La Orquesta Filharmónica de Jalisco, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic, NÖ Tonkünstler Orchestra, L’Orchestre National de Lille and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival. He has also guest conducted the symphonies of Honolulu, Chautauqua, San José, Pacific, Edmonton and the Boston Pops. Shimada’s classical collaborations include Itzhak Perlman, Andre Watts, Peter Serkin, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Idil Biret, Peter Frankl, Janos Starker, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Nadjia Salerno-Sonnenberg, Cho-Liang Lin, Sir James Galway, Evelyn Glennie and Barry Tuckwell. Meanwhile, in the Pops field, he has performed with Doc Severinsen, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Marvin Hamlisch and Toni Tennille. Having had the good fortune to study with many distinguished conductors of the past and present—Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Herbert Blomstedt, Hans Swarovsky, Michael Tilson Thomas—Shimada was a finalist in the 1979 Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition in Berlin and a Fellow Conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute in 1983. In addition, he’s won awards from ASCAP and was named the 2003 Musician of the Year by Ariel Records. Currently, Shimada has 15 recordings on the Vienna Modern Masters label and appears on releases from Capstone, Querstand-VKJK (Germany) and Albany Records. His recording of Gregory Hutter’s Skyscrapers and his Hindemith concerti project with pianist Idil Biret were released on Naxos. His album Music from the Vatican with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and Chorus is available through iTunes and Rhapsody. Associate Professor of Conducting at Yale University, Shimada has been on the faculties of Rice University, University of Southern Maine and the Houston Institute of Aesthetic Study. He graduated from California State University-Northridge, studying with David Whitwell and Lawrence Christianson, and attended the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, Austria. Shimada resides in Connecticut with his wife, concert pianist Eva Virsik. Boris Berman has performed in more than 50 countries on 6 continents. His highly acclaimed concerts include appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London’s Philharmonia, Toronto Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Royal Scottish Orchestra. A frequent performer on major recital series, he has also appeared at many important festivals. Born in Moscow, he studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished pianist Lev Oborin. In 1973, he left a flourishing career in the Soviet Union to immigrate to Israel, where he quickly established himself as one of the most sought-after keyboard performers. Presently, he resides in New Haven, Connecticut. A teacher of international stature, Berman heads the Piano Department at the Yale School of Music and conducts masterclasses throughout the world. Named an Honorary Professor at Shanghai Conservatory and the Danish Royal Conservatory in Copenhagen, he’s join juries of various international competitions. A Grammy nominee, Mr. Berman's recorded the complete solo piano works of both Prokofiev and Schnittke, all of Scriabin’s sonatas, as well as works by Mozart, Weber, Schumann, Brahms, Franck, Shostakovich, Debussy, Stravinsky, Berio, Cage and Joplin. In 2000, Yale University Press published Professor Berman's Notes from the Pianist's Bench. Exploring issues of technique and interpretation, it’s been translated into several languages. In 2008, Yale University Press published his book Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer. During the 2016-17 season, Berman will be performing and teaching in Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Holland, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Russia and the United States.