Spring Bouquet Concert

Event time: 
Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:00pm
Event description: 

Spring Bouquet

A joint concert of the Yale Camerata, Yale Schola Cantorum, and the Handel Society of Dartmouth College

Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street, New Haven


Spring Bouquet, a joint concert of the Yale Camerata, Yale Schola Cantorum, and the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, will be presented on Sunday, March 2 at 3 pm in Woolsey Hall in New Haven. The free concert is sponsored by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

The visiting Handel Society of Dartmouth College, led by its director Robert Duff,  will perform shorter choral masterworks spanning several centuries, including the Festival Te Deum of Benjamin Britten. Founded in 1807 by Dartmouth faculty and students to “promote the cause of true and genuine sacred music,” the Handel Society is the oldest student, faculty, staff, and community organization in the United States devoted to the performance of choral-orchestral major works.

The Yale Camerata, conducted by Marguerite L. Brooks, will perform Stravinsky’s Les Noces with pianists Douglas Dickson, Erika Schroth Douma, Reinis Zarins, and Ryosuke Yanagitani, and the Yale Percussion Group directed by Robert Van Sice. Vocal soloists will be Melanie Scafide Russell, soprano; Emily Righter, mezzo soprano; Joshua Kohl, tenor; and David Dong-Geun Kim, bass. This portion of the program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Making It New:The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy at YaleArtGallery. The Camerata will also give the first performance of Claire de Lune set to a text of Paul Verlaine by Yale freshman Stephen Feigenbaum.

Simon Carrington will conduct the Yale Schola Cantorum in a rare performance of the Magnificat in D composed by Mendelssohn in 1822 when he was just 13 years old and immersed in the music of Bach. They will be joined by the Yale Collegium Players under the direction of Robert Mealy. Vocal soloists will be drawn from the students of James Taylor in the graduate voice program in early music, oratorio, and chamber ensemble.

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. More information is available at www.yale.edu/ism or at 203-432-5062.