JUILLIARD BAROQUE PRESENTS “ZELENKA’S WORLD” WITH WORKS BY J.S. BACH, HANDEL, VIVALDI, AND ZELENKA TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 AT 8 PM IN JUILLIARD’S PAUL HALL

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JUILLIARD BAROQUE PRESENTS “ZELENKA’S WORLD” WITH

WORKS BY J.S. BACH, HANDEL, VIVALDI, AND ZELENKA

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 AT 8 PM IN JUILLIARD’S PAUL HALL

 

Concert Opens Juilliard Historical Performance’s 2014-15 Season

Juilliard Baroque, featuring Gonzalo Ruiz and Kathryn Montoya (Baroque oboes); Dominic Teresi (Baroque bassoon); Robert Nairn (violone); Charles Weaver (theorbo); and Avi Stein (harpsichord), present “Zelenka’s World” with works by J.S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Zelenka on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall (155 West 65th Street, NYC). The concert opens Juilliard Historical Performance’s 2014-15 season. Established in 2009, Juilliard Baroque is Juilliard Historical Performance’s faculty ensemble. Kathryn Montoya joins the ensemble for this concert as guest artist.

The program features Zelenka’s Sonata in F Major, ZWV 181, No. 5 and Sonata in G Minor, ZWV 181, No. 2; J.S. Bach’s Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903; J.S. Bach’s Sonata in C Major for oboe and continuo after BWV 1035 (arr. Ruiz); G.F. Handel’s Sonata in G Minor, Op. 2, No. 5; and Vivaldi’s Sonata in A Minor for oboe, bassoon, and continuo, RV 86.

Bassoonist Dominic Teresi writes in his notes: “The Dresden Hofkapelle, where celebrated composer Jan Dismas Zelenka worked for most of his career, was a center for arts that rivaled all the great cultural capitals of Europe in the 18th century. The quality and renown of Dresden musical culture was such that musicians including J.S. Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi all made contributions to the Dresden scene at some point in their lives.”

Dresden’s reputation as an ideal location for artists was described by J.S. Bach… “the musicians are relieved of all concern for their living, free from chagrin and obliged each to master but a single instrument; it must be something choice and excellent to hear…”.

Tickets for the September 23rd Paul Hall concert are $30 and available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard beginning August 20. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Juilliard Box Office. Box Office hours during the school year are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406.

Juilliard Baroque members are virtuoso performers, award-winning recitalists, Grammy®-nominated recording artists, soloists, and/or principals with almost every major international early music ensemble. Core members are Monica Huggett, Cynthia Roberts, and Robert Mealy (violins); Gonzalo Ruiz (oboe); Dominic Teresi (bassoon); Phoebe Carrai (cello); Robert Nairn (double bass); Sandra Miller (flute); and Avi Stein (harpsichord). Juilliard Baroque performs in a number of guises and has a wide-ranging repertoire from intimate chamber music concerts with just a handful of performers to large scale works that require orchestral forces. The group has performed on the Music Before 1800 series, Salon/Sanctuary concert series, and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Meet the Artists

Guest artist Kathryn Montoya teaches Baroque oboe and recorder at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of North Texas. She appears with a variety of orchestral and chamber music ensembles including the internationally-acclaimed Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Wiener Akademie, Arion, Pacific Musicworks, Ensemble Caprice, and Apollo’s Fire, among others. Her interests extend to Medieval and Renaissance repertoire where she has performed on recorders, shawms, and sordune with Hesperus and the Newberry Consort. Ms. Montoya received her degrees at Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington. While at IU she was the recipient of the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany. Ms. Montoya enjoys the various thrills of recording, has been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today and can be heard on the Naxos, CPO, NCA, Analekta, and Dorian Sono Luminus labels.

Robert Nairn is professor of double bass at Penn State University and on the faculty of The Juilliard School. He is past president of the International Society of Bassists and hosted the Society’s 2009 Convention at Penn State. In 2008 he was awarded a Howard Foundation Fellowship. Mr. Nairn’s performing experience covers contemporary, jazz, traditional orchestral, and historical performance ensembles, with a career that has spanned Europe, the U.S. and Australia and Asia. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, and The Melbourne Symphony. He has acted as guest principal bassist with the Halle Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and held the position of principal bass with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. In the historical performance world, he holds the position of principal double bass with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, MA; he is a member of Juilliard Baroque and has also worked with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Concerto Caledonia, Washington Bach Consort, the Aulos Ensemble, Rebel, BEMF, the English Baroque Soloists, Florilegium and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Gonzalo Ruiz is one of North America’s most critically acclaimed and sought-after historical woodwind soloists. In recent seasons he has appeared as principal oboist with leading period instrument groups in America and Europe such as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, English Concert, Musica Angelica, Boston Festival Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, and Sonnerie. His playing is featured on numerous recordings of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. Mr. Ruiz was a prizewinner at the Brugges competition, and with American Baroque was the recipient of the 2000 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Equally accomplished on the modern instrument, he was principal oboist of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and New Century Chamber Orchestra. He is an acknowledged expert in historical reedmaking techniques, and over two dozen of his pieces are on permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to a busy performance schedule, Mr. Ruiz teaches at The Juilliard School and serves on the faculty at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin Conservatory and the International Baroque Institute at the Longy School of Music.

Avi Stein is associate organist and chorus master at Trinity Wall Street, teaches at The Juilliard School and Yale University, and serves as artistic director of the Helicon Foundation. The New York Times described him as “a brilliant organ soloist” in his Carnegie Hall debut and he was featured in an Early Music America magazine article on the new generation of leaders in the field. He is an active continuo player appearing regularly with the Boston Early Music Festival, Quicksilver, the Clarion Music Society, and Bach Vespers NYC.  Mr. Stein directed the young artists’ program at the Carmel Bach Festival and has conducted a variety of ensembles including Opera Français de New York, OperaOmnia, Amherst Festival Opera, and the critically-acclaimed 4×4 Festival. He studied at Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, University of Southern California, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Toulouse.

A native of California, Dominic Teresi is principal bassoon of Tafelmusik, teaches historical bassoons and chamber music at The Juilliard School, plays regularly with Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, American Bach Soloists and Carmel Bach Festival, and is a member of Quicksilver and Juilliard Baroque.  He has also enjoyed playing with Le Concert d’Astrée, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Philharmonia Baroque, Arion, Ensemble Caprice, Toronto Consort, and Apollo’s Fire. In demand on dulcian, Baroque, Classical, and modern bassoon, his playing has been described as “supple…lively and graceful” (The New York Times) and “dazzling” (Toronto Star). Mr. Teresi was invited to be a featured solo artist on CBC Radio and has appeared as an acclaimed concerto soloist throughout Europe, North America, and Australia. He holds a masters’s degree and artist diploma from Yale University and a doctorate from Indiana University.

Charles Weaver performs on early plucked-string instruments both as a recitalist and as an accompanist. Chamber music appearances include Early Music New York, Hesperus, Piffaro, Parthenia, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Folger Consort, TENET, ARTEK, Musica Pacifica, and Blue Heron. The New York Times has noted his “agile lute and Baroque guitar accompaniments.” He is on the faculty of the New York Continuo Collective, an ensemble of players and singers exploring the poetic and musical antecedents of opera in semester-length workshop productions. Mr. Weaver has also taught at the Lute Society of America Summer Workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Western Wind Workshop in ensemble singing. He is also assistant director of the St. Mary’s Student Schola program in Norwalk, CT, teaching Gregorian chant and Renaissance music theory to children.

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PROGRAM LISTING:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 8 PM, Paul Hall at Juilliard

“Zelenka’s World”

Juilliard Baroque

 

Gonzalo Ruiz and Kathryn Montoya, Baroque oboes

Dominic Teresi, Baroque bassoon

Robert Nairn, violone

Charles Weaver, theorbo

Avi Stein, harpsichord

 

G.F. HANDEL Sonata in G Minor, Op. 2, No. 5

J.S. BACH Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903

Jan Dismas ZELENKA Sonata in F Major, ZWV 181, No. 5

J.S. BACH (arr. Ruiz) Sonata in C Major for oboe and continuo after BWV 1035

Antonio VIVALDI Sonata in A Minor for oboe, bassoon, and continuo, RV 86

ZELENKA Sonata in G Minor, ZWV 181, No. 2

 

Tickets for the September 23rd Paul Hall concert are $30 and available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard beginning August 20. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Juilliard Box Office. Box Office hours during the school year are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406.

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