Previous Concerts

  • In the Yale Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of the season, we pay homage to two great 20th century composers, both of whom took the music and ideals of the Romantic era into the Modern. Richard Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche,” the playful tune of a prankster, and his beautiful “Vier Letzte Lieder” with soprano Lauren McQuistin lead to Igor Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” (1947). Stravinsky’s thrilling work uses strident brass, rolling drums, and famed arpeggios to tell the tale of an unhappy puppet, and we’re sure it will not disappoint.

  • Our first concert of the new year is a lilting reminder of simpler times, featuring two pieces portraying the perspectives of children. The Yale Symphony Orchestra presents Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, a fairy-tale ballet originally written as a piano duet for two children, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with soprano Jessica Pray, said to represent a child’s view of heaven. Featuring Yale Glee Club in the world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s “Music in Common Time,” guest conducted by Yale Glee Club director Jeffrey Douma.

  • The Year 1905 concert placard

    Join us as we reflect on the orchestra’s Spring tour to Russia with two definitive works. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 (The Year 1905) is a dramatic and passionate piece written in commemoration of Russia’s 1905 revolution that has been called a “film score without a film.” YSO Concertmaster Cameron Daly will play the Glazunov violin concerto, and we continue our mission of supporting new music and fostering the talents of Yale undergraduates with a world premiere by Max Vinetz.

  • Halloween Show placard

    The annual Halloween Show on October 31st at midnight is YSO’s most unique performance: the orchestra plays a soundtrack, consisting of pop music, movie soundtracks, and classical pieces, to a silent film written by, produced by, directed by, and starring YSO members. Woolsey Hall is packed with students for one of the biggest events of the fall semester.

  • The Yale Symphony Orchestra’s begins its 52nd season joined by the Music in Schools Initiative performing the overture to Bernstein’s landmark musical, West Side Story. Featuring William Waite Concerto Competition winner James Carrabino performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Smetana’s “The Moldau” from “My Fatherland” and Brahms’ passionate Symphony No. 3.