A TWO-YEAR FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM COMBINING
PERFORMANCE, EDUCATION, ADVOCACY, AND LEADERSHIPEnsemble ACJW Performs Sixteen Concerts This Season at Carnegie Hall,
The Juilliard School, and Community Venues Throughout New York City
2014–2015 Concert Season Kicks Off on October 20 in Weill Recital Hall with
Works by Mozart, Beethoven, and David Lang;
Ensemble ACJW Premieres a New Work by Meredith Monk in February 2015
Ensemble ACJW Also Engages in Community Work Through Musical Connections,
A Program that Promotes Musical Engagement Between Artists and
Diverse Audiences Across New York City
(For Immediate Release – September 29, 2014) This season, a new group of eighteen musicians—some of the finest professional players in the world—will join Ensemble ACJW, a two-year fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Ensemble ACJW is designed to prepare young professional musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, and leadership. It offers performance opportunities, year-long partnerships within New York City public schools, and intensive professional development.Highlights of Ensemble ACJW’s 2014–2015 concert season include more than sixteen concerts at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and other venues throughout New York City, including a three-concert series at Greenwich Village music venue SubCulture, with programs conceived and developed by the musicians. The group’s concert season begins at Carnegie Hall on Monday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall with a program to include Mozart’s Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola, and Cello in D Major, K. 285, David Lang’s these broken wings, and Beethoven’s Septet in E-Flat Major, Op. 20. Ensemble ACJW will also premiere new music by this season’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair Meredith Monk, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, on Monday, February 16 in Weill Recital Hall. Concerts this season also include performances of works by Beethoven, Ravel, Stravinsky, Schumann, and more.
Ensemble ACJW is set to play a wide variety of free concerts this season—at The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall, at Trinity Wall Street, and as part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series. The ensemble also continues its highly successful biannual residency at Skidmore College, continuing the commitment of bringing music and community engagement to the Saratoga Springs, New York area.
In addition to their performances, members of Ensemble ACJW will begin year-long residencies at New York City public schools this fall, with each musician working alongside a partner music teacher, all bringing their expert musicianship as well as a professional performer’s perspective to band, keyboard, and string programs in music classrooms in all five city boroughs. Each member of Ensemble ACJW will develop and play in interactive ensemble concerts, bringing high-quality performances to their school audience as well to their fellow ACJW colleagues’ schools.
Introducing the 2014–2015 Ensemble ACJW fellows:
Ensemble ACJW, 2014–2015 Concert Season
Performances: During the 2014–2015 season, Ensemble ACJW will perform more than 16 concerts at a number of venues, including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall; The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall; SubCulture in Greenwich Village; in New York City community venues as part of the free Neighborhood Concert Series presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute; and at Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall.
2014–2015 season highlights include:
Trinity Wall Street Series: For a fourth consecutive year, Ensemble ACJW performs a free concert series in downtown Manhattan at Trinity Wall Street. This year’s concerts are on April 23 and April 30.
SubCulture Series: Ensemble ACJW will perform a three-concert series at Greenwich Village’s SubCulture on January 22, March 26, and June 12, with programs conceived and developed by the fellows themselves.
Residencies & Special Projects
Skidmore College: For the eighth consecutive year, Ensemble ACJW returns to Saratoga Springs, New York, for two five-day residencies at Skidmore College from October 14–18, and from February 10–14. While on campus the fellows work with music department faculty and students, offering master classes, lessons, and class demonstrations. The fellows also play side by side with the students of the Skidmore College Orchestra and read student composers’ new works. Ensemble ACJW performs in the Arthur Zankel Music Center, presenting concerts that include a world premiere of a Carnegie Hall–commissioned piece by Meredith Monk. In addition, the fellows offer collaborative demonstrations and informal performances beyond the music department in classes, dormitories, and libraries, as well as in schools and other community venues in Saratoga Springs.
Musical Connections: Ensemble ACJW will continue to work with diverse audiences, engaging in in community-based musical work in non-traditional venues across New York City through Musical Connections—a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Through this program, fellows will participate in performance based residencies at correctional facilities, healthcare settings, and senior-service organizations throughout New York City.
Additionally, alumni perform with current fellows in Ensemble ACJW, lead professional development sessions, serve as advisors for current fellows, and perform as part of the Weill Music Institute’s Family Concerts series and Musical Connections program.
Ensemble ACJW fellows—chosen for their musicianship, but also for their leadership qualities and commitment to music education—come from some of the best music schools in the country, includingthe Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Stony Brook University, University of Southern California, and Yale School of Music.
“The new face of classical music for New York … these performers have the musical goods,” said The New York Times. This is just one of the many accolades Ensemble ACJW has received for the quality of its performances and its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a wide range of music—from centuries past to works written days before an event—in a variety of performance venues. The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and has regularly appeared at The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City, including (Le) Poisson Rouge nightclub in Greenwich Village, Subculture in Noho, and Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble ACJW gives master classes for university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs community in both concert halls and in informal settings around town.
Along with performance opportunities at premier venues in New York City and beyond, Ensemble ACJW fellows each partner with a New York City public school to share their artistry with—and become central resources for—music classrooms in the five boroughs. Ensemble ACJW fellows also take part in community work through the Weill Music Institute’s Musical Connections program, in which they perform at multiple non-traditional music venues across New York City, including healthcare settings, correctional facilities, and senior-service organizations. Throughout the two-year program, Ensemble ACJW fellows participate in rigorous, ongoing professional development to ensure that they gain the necessary skills to be successful in all areas of the program and to become leaders in their field. Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, engagement strategies on and off the stage, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their in-school work.
Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the community, the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Visit carnegiehall.org/acjw to learn more.
Major funding has been provided by The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Edward C. Forst and Goldman Sachs Gives, the Max H. Gluck Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, and Ernst & Young LLP.
Additional support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, EGL Charitable Foundation, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Andrew and Margaret Paul, Park Hyatt hotels, UJA-Federation of New York, and The Wallace Foundation.
Public support is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Education.