TWO-YEAR FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Ensemble ACJW Performs Concerts This Season at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School,
Skidmore College, National Sawdust, and Community Venues Throughout New York City
Musicians to Work Closely with Composers Steve Reich, Timo Andres, and Ted Hearne
November Residency in Paris, France Features Collaboration with Meredith Monk
|(September 24, 2015)–This season, the eighteen young professional musicians of Ensemble ACJW continue their two-year fellowship program with concerts at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, Skidmore College, National Sawdust, and in community venues throughout New York City. In a particular season highlight, Ensemble ACJW leads a residency in Paris in cooperation with The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations from November 15–20 that will consist of workshops at local Paris schools led by the ACJW fellows as well as concerts at Théâtre du Châtelet and Studio Bastille. The residency concert at Théâtre du Châtelet on November 18 includes a performance of a work written for the group by Meredith Monk, the recent recipient of the United States National Medal of Arts. On November 19 Ensemble ACJW performs works by Boulez, Michael Jarrell, and Phillippe Leroux at Studio Bastille, conducted by Jean-Christophe Vervoitte, horn player with France’s noted Ensemble intercontemporain. Ensemble ACJW then travels to Geneva, Switzerland on November 20 for a performance at the Abbaye de Bonmont.
Ensemble ACJW, an inspirational collective of young musicians, was created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. The two-year fellowship is designed to prepare the finest young professional musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, leadership, and entrepreneurship. It offers performance opportunities, year-long partnerships within New York City public schools, and intensive professional development.
Highlights of Ensemble ACJW’s 2015–2016 New York concert season include performances across the city and collaborations with composers Steve Reich, Timo Andres, and Ted Hearne, who the musicians will work with on bringing performances of their music to the stage. The group’s concert season at Carnegie Hall begins on Monday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall with a program to include Timo Andres’s Piano Quintet along with Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen, Op. 312 and Brahms’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B Minor, Op. 115. The musicians perform Steve Reich’s Nagoya Marimbas and Double Sextet along with Schubert’s Octet in F Major, D.803, at Juilliard’s Paul Hall on Tuesday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. Ensemble ACJW will also premiere a new work by Ted Hearne, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, on Monday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall. The programs with Timo Andres and Ted Hearne will first be performed at Skidmore College, continuing a biannual residency that brings music and community engagement to the Saratoga Springs, New York area. Ensemble ACJW will also begin a partnership with National Sawdust, a new non-profit music venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, performing three concerts at the venue in 2016, with details to be announced.
In addition to their performances, members of Ensemble ACJW will continue their residencies at 20 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 as to their fellow ACJW colleagues’ schools.
Ensemble ACJW 2015–2016 Fellows
Garrett Arney, percussion
Ensemble ACJW, 2015–2016 Concert Season
Performances: During the 2015–2016 season, Ensemble ACJW will perform more than ten concerts at a number of venues, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall; in New York City community venues as part of free Neighborhood Concerts presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute; and at Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall.
2015–2016 season highlights include:
Residencies & Special Projects
For more information about the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, please visit edrfoundations.org.
Skidmore College: For the ninth consecutive season, Ensemble ACJW returns to Saratoga Springs, New York, for two five-day residencies at Skidmore College from October 13–17, and from February 9–13. 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 Ted Hearne in February. In addition, the fellows offer collaborative demonstrations and informal performances beyond the music department in classes and the library, and at the Tang Museum 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 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 bring live music to people coping with challenging circumstances 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.
As performers on the concert stage and in their work in schools and communities, musicians of Ensemble ACJW have earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of their concerts, their fresh and open-minded approach to programming, and their ability to actively engage any audience.
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.
The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education
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, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, and Ernst & Young LLP.
Additional support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, EGL Charitable Foundation, Leslie and Tom Maheras, the Music for Youth Fund, Andrew and Margaret Paul, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and The Renova Group of Companies.
Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.