Soloists and chorus shine at YSO concert Saturday

February 11, 2002
The Yale Symphony Orchestra, led by Shinik Hahm, and a stage packed with choristers rattled the ceiling of Woolsey Hall Saturday night. The YSO’s rendition of Gustav Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony followed a remarkable solo performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 by Heesun Shin ’03. Shin’s performance was brilliant; though the concerto demanded that »

New student ensemble for 20th century music shines

December 12, 2001
Although it’s easy not to notice, Yale College has many performance groups for classical music; the Yale Symphony Orchestra and the Bach Society Orchestra are complemented by several residential college orchestras, the Yale Undergraduate Chamber Music Organization, the Yale College Opera Company and many individual undergraduate musicians. With a few important exceptions, though, these ensembles »

YSO opens season with mixed success

November 12, 2001
The Yale Symphony Orchestra, led by Shinik Hahm, performed their first concert of the season Saturday night. The result was a questionable assembly of the totally forgettable, the problematic and the great. The second half of the program was the more successful, with Maestro Hahm directing the orchestra in an appealingly spirited rendition of Gustav »

Yale composers perform new orchestral works

October 26, 2001
The Yale School of Music’s “New Music New Haven” concert series opened its season Thursday night in Woolsey Hall with a safe and predictable program. The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale performed new orchestral works by School of Music professor Martin Bresnick and three composition students. American orchestral music is in a difficult spot right now. »

‘Faust’ condemned to mediocre opera

April 9, 2001
Music that is often less than profound, an orchestra that sounded too small for its role, even an unwell leading man — for all these reasons, the Yale Opera’s production of Charles Gounod’s “Faust” at the Shubert Theater Friday night needed rescuing from itself. That salvation might have come from the inventive staging and set »

YSO delivers powerful performance

March 26, 2001
Is Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem liturgical music or grand opera? By 1873, when the agnostic composer of larger-than-life music dramas completed his tribute to the memory of novelist Alessandro Manzoni, musicians had been setting religious texts to overtly dramatic music for centuries. But Verdi’s work blows the lid off this tradition with music as viscerally exhilarating »