NEW YORK CITY BALLET SOLOIST PREMIERES NEW BALLET AT YALE AND NEW YORK CITY
New York City Ballet soloist Adam Henrickson's new ballet will premiere at Yale's Sprague Memorial Hall on Feb. 8, 2010 at 8pm, and also will be presented at Carnegie Hall's Zankle Hall Feb. 9th, 2010 at 8pm as part of a program featuring pianist Boris Berman.
Hendrickson's ballet is part of a program that will feature recently discovered Prokofiev work, all played by pianist Boris Berman. The ballet was commissioned by Yale University's School of Music, and features dancers Elysia Dawn, Colby Damon and Matt Renko, with costumes by New York City Ballet principal, Janie Taylor. Hendrickson's last ballet, with music by Aaron Severini, was in 2008 as part of the New York City Dancer's Choice event.
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Tickets: 212/247-7800; www.carnegiehall.org
Yale in New York
David Shifrin, Artistic Director
Premieres and Rarities
Pianist and Prokofiev specialist Boris Berman joins the Yale School of Music's
exceptional students, alumni, and faculty in an all-Prokofiev program
Fragment from the opera Distant Seas (World Premiere)
Music for Athletic Exercises (New York Premiere) with original choreography by NYCB's Adam Hendrickson
Music for the ballet Trapeze (New York Premiere)
Schubert waltzes transcribed by Prokofiev for two pianos (seldom performed)
Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Tickets: $15, $20, $25; students $10, $15, $20
"For a grand tour through the total Prokofiev, I can't imagine a more observant or articulate guide than Boris Berman."
— New York Magazine
On Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m., the Yale School of Music continues its third annual Yale in New York series with Prokofiev Rediscovered. Boris Berman, the acclaimed pianist, Prokofiev specialist, and chairman of the Yale piano department, performs with gifted alumni, students, and faculty of the Yale School of Music in a program that features three premieres by one of the titans of 20th-century music.
Sergei Prokofiev was a prolific composer who wrote music in many genres. His piano sonatas are essential 20th-century keyboard repertoire, his concertos and symphonies are cornerstones for soloists and orchestras, and his operas and ballets continue to find their way onto the stages of the great companies. Prokofiev's fable Peter and the Wolf and Alexander Nevsky cantata are even familiar outside the music world. Yet for all this, there are still Prokofiev works that await discovery.
The Zankel Hall concert will showcase three recently discovered Prokofiev works: a fragment from the opera Distant Seas (1948) receives its world premiere, while Music for Athletic Exercises (1939) and the complete music from the ballet Trapeze (1924) will be heard in New York for the first time. In addition, Boris Berman will be joined by the dean of the Yale School of Music Robert Blocker in a rarely heard two-piano arrangement of a suite of Schubert waltzes.
Music for Athletic Exercises will be performed with choreography by the New York City Ballet's Adam Hendrickson. The New York Times has raved that Mr. Hendrickson "is just about invincible: understated, enigmatic and full of eccentricity. Mr. Hendrickson is unparalleled in City Ballet's canon of character parts."
The Yale School of Music is ideally suited to present music on the Prokofiev Rediscovered program. The program was created by Boris Berman, chairman of the Yale piano department and one of the world's most significant Prokofiev specialists. Berman is the founder of the Prokofiev Society of America, the first pianist to record all of the composer's solo works (Chandos), and the author of Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer (Yale University Press).
Yale in New York is the acclaimed series in which distinguished faculty—many of them famous soloists—share the limelight with exceptional alumni and students on Carnegie's stages, capturing the intense collaboration found on every level at the Yale School of Music. This past September showcased the classical legacy of Benny Goodman; upcoming concerts feature the undiscovered Prokofiev, Penderecki conducting Penderecki, and great voices from the famed Oral History of American Music project. The series is curated by David Shifrin.
- Music for Athletic Exercises (1939): Prokofiev was commissioned to write music to accompany one episode in a grand pageant staged in Red Square in Moscow, involving 30,000 athletes from all over the Soviet Union. The episode was supposed to be staged by the great director Vsevolod Meherhold, but he was arrested shortly before the performance and then executed on Stalin's orders. A facsimile of Prokofiev's piano score was published in 2004, and musicologist Simon Morrison's performing edition of the work will be heard for the first time in New York at this concert in Zankel Hall.
- Fragment from the opera Distant Seas (1948): For many years, scholars were not sure just how much music from Prokofiev's 1948 uncompleted opera existed. The opera was Prokofiev's attempt at a light lyrical comedy on a contemporary Soviet subject. The composer intended to stay clear of anything that might seem politically controversial or problematic. Prokofiev abandoned the opera after two months, and the extant music has never been performed or recorded.
- Music for the ballet Trapeze (1924): Writing for a small touring ballet company of Russian Romantic Theatre in Berlin, the composer was asked to use as small an instrumental force as possible. Prokofiev decided on a quintet composed of oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and double bass. Six movements of the score became the well-known Quintet Op. 39, and two additional movements were later used by Prokofiev in his orchestral Divertimento Op. 43. Recently these two movements were restored to their original quintet form by musicologist Noelle Mann and published by Boosey and Hawkes as the eight-movement Trapeze.
- Schubert waltzes transcribed for two pianos (1923): Prokofiev arranged this two-piano suite of Schubert waltzes for the same ballet company for which he composed Trapeze. It is a transcription of a one-piano suite of the Schubert waltzes Prokofiev compiled in 1919. Both versions are rarely performed; Berman recorded the one-piano version in his traversal of the complete Prokofiev piano works for Chandos.
- Music for Athletic Exercises (1939)
Boris Berman, piano
Dancers from The Hendrickson Dance Project (Elysia Dawn Fridkin, Matt Renko, Robert Colby Damon)
- Fragment from the opera Distant Seas (1948)
Elizabeth de Trejo, soprano ('01 MM)
Dann Coakwell, tenor ('11 MM [ISM])
Rolando Sanz, ('02 MM, '03 AD)
Boris Berman, piano
- Music for the ballet Trapeze (1924)
Stephen Taylor, oboe (Yale faculty)
Emil Khudyev, clarinet ('11 MM)
Marc Daniel van Biemen, violin ('10 MM)
Ettore Causa, viola (Yale faculty)
Aleksy Klyushnik, double bass ('11 MM)
- Schubert waltzes transcribed for two pianos (1923)
Robert Blocker and Boris Berman, pianos (Yale faculty)
For tickets, call 212/247-7800 or visit www.carnegiehall.org
THE YALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
"Yale's bold New York venture will demonstrate the great variety and quality of music-making in the School of Music, illustrate Yale's great musical legacy, and draw attention to the University's unique scholarly resources."
— Robert Blocker, Dean, Yale School of Music
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