Philip Glass’ “Overture for 2012” was written for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 — it’s a commemorative piece for a year in which our nation encountered violence, tragedy, and questions about whether or how freedom exists in the United States. The challenges we faced in 2020 have in many ways been similar.
Members of the YSO rehearsed and recorded this work individually from our bedrooms, scattered across the nation and world. The quickly shifting colors and flashing images in the video accompanying our performance combine with the minimalist work to illuminate the ways in which we’ve dealt with the ever-shocking fast pace of 2020’s world events from, for most of us, the stasis of a single location, separated from those with whom we’re making music.
We hope you enjoy this virtual performance, created to commemorate and reflect on this last year of unconventional music-making. We are looking forward to sharing other exciting projects we have been working on this past fall.
The most anticipated Yale tradition of the year takes the virtual stage at 11:59 pm on October 31, 2020. Not even a global pandemic and impending presidential election could stop the momentum of the Yale Symphony Orchestra’s beloved Halloween Show.
Although we are unable to fill the seats of Woolsey Hall this year, we have the rare opportunity to bring our show to every corner of campus and the globe at large. The cutthroat contest to acquire the highly sought after tickets for the Show is no more. Rather, anyone, anywhere can experience the Halloween magic of the YSO.
Tickets are free, with a suggested donation of $15. Sign up to receive your link to the livestream
A concert celebrating graduating seniors
Brief open rehearsal followed by Q&A for prospective musicians
Arnold Schoenberg - Survivor from Warsaw
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9