NEW YORK ––Pablo Heras-Casado makes his debut conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in works by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Rachmaninoff on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Prokofiev’s Cinderella Suite; Stravinsky’s Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra with Juilliard violinist Bomsori Kim; and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45.
Tickets for $30 are available at events.juilliard.edu or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Tickets are free for Juilliard students; non-Juilliard students with valid I.D. may purchase tickets for $15.
The Juilliard Orchestra concert with conductor Pablo Heras-Casado is the 14th annual Jerome L. Greene concert, which honors the memory and legacy of an individual who had an enormously positive impact on The Juilliard School, the City of New York, and many other institutions here and around the nation. Jerome L. Greene was a board member of Juilliard from 1985 to 1999. During his tenure, he was one of the School’s most generous supporters, creating the first inclusive Juilliard scholarship endowment for all three disciplines of dance, drama, and music as he helped guide the institution with his wise counsel and exceptional business skills. The late Dawn Greene continued her husband’s philanthropy as president of the Foundation and maintained support in the creation of these concerts and for a substantial endowment, which will assist generations of Juilliard students in the years ahead. Christina M. McInerney, Dawn’s daughter, continues the family tradition of philanthropy in her role as the current president of the Foundation, and Juilliard welcomes her as a new member of the board of trustees. In dedicating this Juilliard Orchestra concert to the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, Juilliard is honored to recognize the Greene family and the Foundation’s support of Juilliard and its incredible students, and the future of the performing arts.
About the Program
Prokofiev’s Cinderella Suite is the seventh of eight ballets composed over a period of four years (from 1940 to 1944). The ballet, with a scenario by Nikolai Volkov and choreography by Rostislav Zakharov, had its premiere in 1945 at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. It remains the most popular of Prokofiev’s ballet scores.
Stravinsky’s Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra was composed for Polish-American violinist, Samuel Dushkin. Stravinsky’s German publisher, Willy Strecker introduced the two. Dushkin premiered the concerto on October 23, 1931 with Stravinsky on the podium.
Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 is his last completed work. The composer dedicated the Symphonic Dances to The Philadelphia Orchestra and music director, Eugene Ormandy, who gave the work’s premiere in 1941.
About Pablo Heras-Casado
Musical America’s 2014 Conductor of the Year, Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied career encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically informed performance and cutting-edge contemporary scores. Principal conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York since the 2012-13 season, he was also appointed principal guest conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid in 2014.
Mr. Heras-Casado is a regular guest with the Chicago and San Francisco symphony orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Münchner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariinsky Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera. In 2015-16, he also returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. He makes his debuts with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Wiener Symphoniker; continues his collaborations with Ensemble Intercontemporain, Freiburger Barockorchester, and the Balthasar Neumann Chor & Ensemble; and appears at the Mozarteum Salzburg, where he is invited annually for Mozartwoche. This season’s opera projects include Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera and I due Foscari at Teatro Real.
Mr. Heras-Casado records for harmonia mundi, as well as Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv Produktion, where he is an “Archiv Ambassador.”
About Bomsori Kim
Bomsori Kim is currently in the master’s degree program at Juilliard where she studies with Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. She is the recipient of several prizes, among them, fifth prize in the 15th Tchaikovsky International Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition (laureate) in 2015. In 2013, she won the top prize in the 62nd ARD International Music Competition Munich. Ms. Kim has performed at Vienna Musikverein Golden Hall, Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Finlandia Hall, Herkulessaal, Prinzregententheater, Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Hall, and Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall as a soloist, together with conductors such as Andrey Boreyko, Marin Alsop, Hannu Lintu, Xincao Li, Sakari Oramo, John Størgards, Yuri Simonov, Valentin Uryupin, Pascal Verrot, Heonjeong Lim, Nanse Gum, Jakyung Year, Christopher Lee, and numerous leading orchestras. Ms. Kim graduated from Seoul National University and studied with Young Uck Kim. She performs on a Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin, Turin 1774, with the support of Kumho Asiana Instrument Bank.
About the Juilliard Orchestra
The Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard’s largest and most visible performing ensemble, is comprised of all orchestral instrumental majors in the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Under the musical leadership of alumnus Alan Gilbert, the director of conducting and orchestral studies, the Juilliard Orchestra is also led by numerous world-renowned guest conductors, some of which have included John Adams, alumna Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy, alumnus James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, James Gaffigan, Fabio Luisi, Bernard Haitink, alumnus James Levine, David Robertson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, alumnus Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, and many others. The Juilliard Orchestra performs regularly at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as in opera and dance productions, special events and broadcasts, and national and international tours.
All undergraduates begin their orchestral studies with Orchestra Orientation, a three-week orchestra cycle comprised of seminars, workshops, and rehearsals designed to prepare students for the rigors of the Juilliard Orchestra. Led by Maestro Gilbert, the Orchestra Orientation also calls upon Juilliard faculty and members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera orchestras to lead discussions, coach sectionals, and play in side-by-side rehearsals.
In the 2015-16 season, the Juilliard Orchestra welcomes an impressive roster of world-renowned conductors: Pablo Heras-Casado, Fabio Luisi, Nicholas McGegan, Gianandrea Noseda, Case Scaglione, and faculty members Jeffrey Milarsky, Itzhak Perlman, and Matthias Pintscher. Highlights of the orchestra’s 2014-15 season included debut appearances by guest conductors Fabio Luisi, Tadaaki Otaka, and alumnus Peter Oundjian; return appearances by Edward Gardner, Larry Rachleff, Emmanuel Villaume, David Zinman, and David Robertson; and concerts with Juilliard faculty members Alan Gilbert and Jeffrey Milarsky.
The 2014-15 season also featured alumna Speranza Scappucci making her Juilliard debut conducting Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia; Juilliard Evening Division faculty member Mark Shapiro conducting Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia; and faculty member Gary Thor Wedow conducting Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7:30pm, Alice Tully Hall
14th Annual Jerome L. Greene Concert
Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
Bomsori Kim, violin
PROKOFIEV Cinderella Suite
STRAVINSKY Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Tickets for $30 are available at events.juilliard.edu or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Tickets are free for Juilliard students; non-Juilliard student with valid I.D. may purchase tickets for $15.