JUILLIARD ANNOUNCES ITS 2014-15 ORCHESTRA SEASON

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July 22, 2014

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JUILLIARD ANNOUNCES ITS 2014-15 ORCHESTRA SEASON

 

Guest Conductors Fabio Luisi (October 13, 2014), Tadaaki Otaka (January 30, 2015), Peter Oundjian (January 24, 2015), and

Juilliard Alumna Speranza Scappucci (Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, November 19, 21, 23, 2014)

Make Their Debut Appearances with the Juilliard Orchestra

 

Conductors Edward Gardner (October 25, 2014), Larry Rachleff (December 11, 2014),

Mark Shapiro (Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, February 18, 20, and 22, 2015), and

Emmanuel Villaume (February 14, 2015) Return to Lead the Juilliard Orchestra

 

David Zinman Conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in Works by Shostakovich, Strauss, and Stucky in the

Only Carnegie Hall Concert on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

 

David Robertson Conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in a

90th Birthday Tribute to Pierre Boulez
in Avery Fisher Hall on April 19, 2015 at 3 PM

 

Alan Gilbert, Juilliard’s Director of Orchestral and Conducting Studies, Leads the

Traditional Commencement Concert in His Only Appearance This Season with the Juilliard Orchestra

Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Alice Tully Hall

 

Juilliard Faculty Member Jeffrey Milarsky Conducts Works by

Adams, Bartók, and Stravinsky (November 8, 2014) and

World-Premiere Works by Juilliard Composers (April 28, 2015), and

Juilliard Faculty Member Gary Thor Wedow Conducts Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (April 24, 26, 28, 2015)

 

 

The Juilliard School announces its 2014-15 orchestra season featuring distinguished conductors making their debut appearances with the Juilliard Orchestra: Fabio Luisi, Tadaaki Otaka, alumnus Peter Oundjian, and alumna Speranza Scappucci and esteemed conductors who will be returning to Juilliard, Edward Gardner, Larry Rachleff, David Robertson, Mark Shapiro, Emmanuel Villaume, David Zinman, and Juilliard conductors Alan Gilbert, Jeffrey Milarsky, and Gary Thor Wedow. The Juilliard Orchestra presents twelve concerts this season and partners with Juilliard Opera and with Juilliard Dance performances. Reasonably-priced tickets are available for all Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Peter Jay Sharp Theater concerts. Box Office and ticket information follows each concert description.

 

Highlights of the season include: David Zinman conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in their only Carnegie Hall concert of the season on Tuesday, February 24, 2015; a 90th birthday tribute to Pierre Boulez with conductor David Robertson and the Juilliard Orchestra on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3 PM in Avery Fisher Hall; and Alan Gilbert in his only Juilliard appearance this season, conducting the traditional Commencement Concert on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6 PM in Alice Tully Hall, the evening before Juilliard’s 110th Commencement Ceremony, which will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015.

 

The Juilliard Orchestra’s 2014-15 season opens with Italian conductor Fabio Luisi, principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and general music director of the Zurich Opera, making his debut conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, published in 1877 and described by Wagner as a ‘symphonic birthday greeting’ to his wife, Cosima; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216 (soloist to be announced); and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 38 “Spring” on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The title of Schumann’s Symphony is drawn from a line by the German Romantic poet, Böttger: “Im Tale zieht der frühling auf” (“In the valley, spring approaches”). Schumann wanted the orchestra to play with the freshness of spring.

 

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s October 13, 2014 concert with Fabio Luisi at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.

 

Edward Gardner, current music director of the English National Opera and the chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (beginning in October 2015), returns to lead the Juilliard Orchestra in Knussen’s The Way to Castle Yonder, featuringorchestral interludes for the composer’s second operatic collaboration with Maurice Sendak, Higglety Pigglety Pop!; Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A Minor (soloist to be announced), composed for oboist Leon Goossens and premiered in Liverpool on September 30, 1944; Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27, composed between October 1906 and April 1907 and conducted by the composer at the premiere in Saint Petersburg on January 26, 1908, on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. This is Mr. Garner’s second appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra; he made his conducting debut with the Orchestra on December 13, 2012 in a program of Walton and Mahler.

 

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra October 25, 2014 concert with conductor Edward Gardner at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office at Juilliard.

Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.

 

Jeffrey Milarsky, a member of Juilliard’s conducting faculty and founding music director of AXIOM, leads the Juilliard Orchestra on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall in a program featuring John Adams’ exuberant Short Ride in a Fast Machine, composed for the opening of the first Great Woods Festival in Mansfield, Massachusetts; Bartók’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2 (soloist to be announced) – Bartók was the soloist at the premiere of the Piano Concerto on January 23, 1933 in Frankfurt am Main; and Stravinsky’s Petrushka (1947), first performed with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes on June 13, 1911 and later re-orchestrated by Stravinsky. Mr. Milarsky returns later this season with the Juilliard Orchestra on April 28, 2015 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall to conduct four world-premiere works by Juilliard student composers.

 

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra November 8, 2014 concert with conductor Jeffrey Milarsky at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office at Juilliard. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.

 

The Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, the School’s conductorless ensemble coached by Orpheus member Eric Bartlett, performs an all-Italian program on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Boccherini’s Symphony No. 6 in D Minor, “Las casa del Diavolo”; Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B Minor (soloist to be announced); Puccini’s I Chrysantemi; and Respighi’s Gli Uccelli.

 

Tickets for the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra’s November 17, 2014 concert are $30 and will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through Center Charge at (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.

 

Italian born conductor Speranza Scappucci, an alumna of the School, makes her first appearance at Juilliard conducting Rossini’s Il turco in Italia, directed by John Giampietro, on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 and Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8 PM; and Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Ms. Scappucci has been working with Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg Summer Festival and the Rome Opera and has been on the music staff of several American companies (Chicago Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera). She spent six summers (2001-2006) at the Glyndebourne Festival where she worked with conductors Vladimir Jurowski, William Christie, Charles Mackerras, Emmanuelle Haìm, Philippe Jordan, and Louis Langrée.

 

Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Rossini’s Il turco in Italia at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Juilliard Box Office.

 

Conductor Larry Rachleff, music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and director of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras at Rice University in Houston, returns to lead the Juilliard Orchestra on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Ives’ night music, Central Park in the Dark (1906) featuring Ives’ harmonies representing Central Park as an oasis set against intruding urban sounds; Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher for Viola and Small Orchestra (soloist to be announced) composed in 1935 for the composer’s own concert use, based on German folk tune, and hauntingly reflecting his harassed situation in Nazi Germany; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47 (1937), which had a triumphant first performance in November 1973 and saved Shostakovich’s career.

 

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s December 11, 2014 concert with Larry Rachleff at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office only.

 

Juilliard alumnus, conductor Peter Oundjian, music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2004, leads the Juilliard Orchestra in faculty member Christopher Rouse’s The Infernal Machine (1981), composed for the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s European tour performances of 1981, and its title is taken from the eponymous play by Jean Cocteau which retells the Greek Oedipus myth; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482 (soloist to be announced); and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64 on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall.

 

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s concert on January 24, 2014 with Peter Oundjian at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.

 

Tadaaki Otaka, conductor of the NHK, Tokyo, and Sapporo Symphony Orchestra,makes his first appearance conducting the Juilliard Orchestra on the closing night of the 2015 FOCUS! festival, Nippon: Japanese Music Since 1945. FOCUS! 2015 opens on Friday, January 23, 2015 with a performance by the New Juilliard Ensemble, led by festival director Joel Sachs, and includes four evenings of chamber music concerts in between. The closing concert of FOCUS! on Friday, January 30, 2015, 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater features Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; Takemitsu’s Twill by Twilight (1988) dedicated to Morton Feldman, who passed away around the time Takemitsu completed his score; Miyoshi’s Noesis (1978), composed for the 200th subscription concert given by the Tokyo Philharmonic; Yoshimatsu’s Threnody to Toki, composed in 1980 to reflect the composer’s concern for nature and world ecology; and Takemitsu’s Far Calls. Coming, Far! for solo violin and orchestra, which takes its title from James Joyce’s novel, Finnegans Wake. Takemitsu’s work is based on the idea present within Finnegans Wake of a river (represented by the violin) flowing into the sea (tonality).

 

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s 2015 FOCUS! closing concert on Friday, January 30, 2015 at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Student tickets at $15 will be available only at the Juilliard Box Office.

 

Emmanuel Villaume returns to conduct the Juilliard Orchestra on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Stravinsky’s Feu d’artifice, Op. 4; Ravel’s La valse; Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 82 (soloist to be announced); and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel). Mr. Villaume conducted Juilliard Opera’s critically-acclaimed production of Cendrillon in April 2014: “Emmanuel Villaume, the seasoned specialist on the podium, conveyed equal parts savoir-faire and inspiration.” (The Financial Times, Martin Bernheimer)

 

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s February 14, 2015 concert with Emmanuel Villaume at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Juilliard Box Office.

 

Mark Shapiro returns to conduct Juilliard singers and members of the Juilliard Orchestra in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia on Wednesday, February 18 and Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8 PM; and Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2 PM in Juilliard’s intimate Willson Theater. Mary Birnbaum directs the Juilliard Opera production.

 

Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Juilliard Box Office.

 

David Zinman, who just completed his final season as music director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich,conducts the Juilliard Orchestra on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8 PM in Carnegie Hall innewly-appointed Juilliard faculty member Steven Stucky’s Dreamwaltzes (1986) who wanted the piece, which was commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra, to have some connection with the Viennese theme of the Sommerfest concerts; Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107 (soloist to be announced), composed in 1959 and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich who performed the world premiere with conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky and the Leningrad Philharmonic; and Strauss’ tone poem Ein Heldenleben.

 

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s February 24, 2015 Carnegie Hall concert with David Zinman at $30 (parquet, 1st and 2nd tiers); $15 (dress circle and balcony) will be available online at www.juilliard.edu/springorch, at CarnegieCharge (212) 247-7800, or at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.  Half-price tickets for students are available only at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.

 

David Robertson, music director of the St. Louis Symphony and chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia, leads the Juilliard Orchestra in Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna by Boulez on the occasion of the composer’s 90th birthday on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3 PM (matinee) in Avery Fisher Hall. Boulez’s Rituel was composed in 1974-75 and revised in 1987. Scored for chamber orchestra in eight groups, the work was composed as a memorial piece in honor of Bruno Maderna, a close friend of Pierre Boulez, who also was a composer and a conductor. Rituel had its world premiere with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London on February 4, 1975. (Other works on the program to be decided.)

 

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s April 19, 2015 concert with David Robertson at $30 (orchestra and 1st tier) and $15 (2nd and 3rd tiers) will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 will be available only at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office.

 

Gary Thor Wedow conducts Juilliard singers and the Juilliard Orchestra in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8 PM; Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2 PM; and Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Stephen Wadsworth directs the Juilliard Opera production. Last season, Mr. Wedow led J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour with Juilliard415 and the Trinity Wall Street Choir, which culminated in an Alice Tully Hall concert.

 

Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Student tickets at $15 are available at the Juilliard Box Office only.

 

Jeffrey Milarsky conducts four world premieres by Juilliard student composers on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Milarsky has led this showcase of Juilliard composers’ best work since 1991 when the concerts included chamber works as well as orchestral pieces on the program. The compositions are selected by two outside judges who are respected professional composers and whose identity is kept confidential. They select four winning works from the 10-15 scores that they receive. The winners are then chosen for this annual Juilliard Orchestra concert, led by Mr. Milarsky.

 

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s April 28, 2015 concert with Jeffrey Milarsky at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Alice Tully Box Office.

 

Alan Gilbert, director of conducting and orchestral studies at Juilliard, music director of the New York Philharmonic, and an alumnus of the School, conducts the traditional Juilliard Commencement Concert on Thursday, May 21, 2015, the night before Juilliard’s 110th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2015. This will be Mr. Gilbert’s only appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra this season. The program features Strauss’ first important work, Don Juan, Op. 20, whose inspiration for Don Juan came from Nikolaus Lenau’s German verse play (left unfinished at his death) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92.

 

Tickets are limited for the Juilliard Orchestra Commencement Concert on May 21, 2015 with Alan Gilbert.

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