Friday Pre-Concert Conversation

Fridays  •  7:00 PM  •  Battell Recital Hall

Join us for a series of free Pre-Concert Conversations led by Yale School of Music Professor Paul Berry before each Friday night concert. These engaging and enlightening conversations offer a viewpoint on a musical topic related to the evening’s program.

Just came to hear the Conversation, but want to stay for the concert? No problem! The Box Office will be open at the Music Shed before the performance.

You can even reserve a Box Picnic Dinner from a local establisement to enjoy during the Conversation or at one of the many tables around the grounds.  Reservations are made online and must be received by Thursday at 11AM.

Kick-off your the weekend with us … A delicious picnic dinner, a stimulating Pre-Concert Conversation and a stellar concert.


A historian of chamber music and song in nineteenth-century Germany and Austria, Professor PAUL BERRY received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Journal of Musicology, Music and Letters, The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Music Theories, and the Journal of the American Liszt Society. He is the recipient of a Whiting Fellowship in Humanities, the American Musicological Society’s Paul A. Pisk Prize, the American Brahms Society’s Karl Geiringer Scholarship, and, most recently, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His book, Brahms Among Friends: Listening, Performance, and the Rhetoric of Allusion, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2014. Mr. Berry is also active as a tenor specializing in early music, German lieder, and twentieth-century compositions. From 2007 until 2010, he served on the faculty of the University of North Texas College of Music. He joined the Yale faculty in 2010 and serves as Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Music History.