Conducting, compositional, choreographic, and playwriting premieres. Performances of Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions (the latter in a renewal of the Juilliard Historical Performance-Yale Sacred Music collaboration). A new staging of a work by alumna Pina Bausch. Classic and contemporary plays. Tributes to new and old jazz legends. They’re all part of the jam-packed 2013-14 season at Juilliard, which features more than 700 performances.
Following the annual Playwrights Festival (September 4-7), the season shifts into gear on September 17 with a concert by the Juilliard Jazz Quintet; the first recital, by piano faculty member Matti Raekallio; and the first Juilliard Orchestra concert.
THE JUILLIARD ORCHESTRA
The orchestra season debuts on September 28 with guest conductor Nicholas McGegan leading Britten’s An American Overture, Ibert’s Concerto for Flute, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations in Peter Jay Sharp Theater. On October 21, alum Alan Gilbert, Juilliard’s director of conducting and orchestral studies, takes the orchestra to Carnegie Hall for Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony.
Two conductors will make their Juilliard premieres this school year: Vladimir Jurowski and Hans Graf, both at Alice Tully Hall. On November 25, Jurowski conducts a Shostakovich celebration that includes The New Babylon and Hypothetically Murdered suites as well as the First Symphony. Graf takes the podium on February 28 with the Brahms Tragic Overture, Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, and Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler.
Six more Tully Hall concerts round out the orchestra season. Faculty member and alum Jeffrey Milarsky leads works by Adams, Barber, Richard Strauss, and Ives on November 15 and works by student composers on February 14. Larry Rachleff presides over Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and Dvorak’s Seventh Symphony on December 12. Matthias Pintscher returns to Juilliard to conduct his own Bereshit plus Gruber’s Rough Music and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra on April 8. The season winds up with the May 22 commencement concert, which features the Sibelius Violin Concerto. The Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, which is conductorless, performs Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Tower’s Purple Rhapsody, and Bizet’s First Symphony on November 9 at Tully.
In collaborations around the School, the orchestra will accompany the December and March dance performances (see Dance) and, under the baton of returning conductor Anne Manson, one concert of the Focus! festival, on January 31 (see New Music). The orchestra pairs up with Opera Studies for Eugene Onegin in February and Cendrillon in April (see Opera and Song).
On September 17, the Juilliard Jazz Quartet, which is composed of faculty members Ron Blake (sax), Frank Kimbrough (piano), Ron Carter (bass), and Carl Allen (drums), begins the jazz season with a concert in the Sharp Theater. (Faculty member Ben Wolfe subs for Carter for this performance.) Two weeks later the department pays tribute to late jazz piano icon Mulgrew Miller with an Artist Diploma Ensemble evening on October 2 in Paul Hall; the A.D. Ensemble also performs on February 4. The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra settles in at the Sharp Theater for music by Thad Jones (October 8), an evening with sax great Bobby Watson (January 21), and a show on February 26. The J.J.O. teams up with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in Princeton on October 5 and 6.
Smaller ensembles take to Paul Hall to perform with Jason Moran on November 5 and Paulo Braga and friends on November 11; they’ll play music by Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson on April 1 and works by student composers on December 10 and April 16. Jazz master classes this year will be led by Ignacio Berroa (September 13), Bill Charlap (October 18), and Bill Hart (December 6). Juilliard jazz ensembles also perform throughout the year at brunches at the Blue Note (131 West Third Street) and at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
The Drama Division season opens with the seventh annual fall Playwrights Festival (September 4-7). The fall fourth-year productions include Smash, a Jeffrey Hatcher play that’s based on George Bernard Shaw’s novel An Unsocial Socialist and directed by Victor Pappas (October 9-13); The Great God Pan, Amy Herzog’s story of a happy life going off the rails when a past secret comes to light, which is directed by Maria Mileaf (October 30-November 3); and Sam Shepard’s dark tale of family pain Buried Child which is directed by Daniel Fish (November 21-25).
The fourth-year repertory cycle takes place February 12-23 and begins with Athol Fugard’s apartheid tale Master Harold … and the Boys, directed by Jonathan Rosenberg; Ellen McLaughlin’s retelling of the fall of the House of Atreus in Iphigenia and Other Daughters, directed by Ellen Lauren; and Will Eno’s portrait of a town with a hidden identity, Middletown, which is directed by Lila Neugebauer.
This fall, Juilliard’s third-year actors will perform in Rinne Groff’s Ruby Sunrise (Oct. 22-27; directed by Hal Brooks), Thornton Wilder’s Our Town (Oct. 23-27; directed by Janet Zarish), and Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle (December 11-15; directed by alumnus Orlando Pabotoy). They will return in the spring for the annual third-year Shakespeare rep series, this year featuring Richard III and As You Like It.
This year’s Juilliard Dance season is highlighted by a unique revival, of Wind von West (Wind From the West), which was created by the late Pina Bausch (’60, dance) in 1975 and set to Stravinsky’s Cantata. It was lost in the ensuing decades, but this year, it’s being revived by Juilliard and the Folkwang University of the Arts’ Institute of Contemporary Dance in Essen, Germany, two schools where Bausch developed as an artist. On September 29 and 30, New Yorkers will be able to find out more about the collaboration at the Guggenheim’s Works and Process series, during which students will perform excerpts of the piece and Bausch dancers and Dance Division Artistic Director Larry Rhodes will discuss the work. Juilliard and Folkwang dancers will perform Wind von West in Germany in November before it comes here for New Dances Plus: Edition 2013 (December 11-15), when Juilliard’s fourth-year dancers will perform it. New Dances also includes the premieres of three Juilliard commissions, by Brian Brooks (working with the second-year dancers) and alumni Takehiro Ueyama (first-years) and Darrell Grand Moultrie (third-years).
The spring dance season launches with Juilliard Dances Repertory (March 21-25) in the Sharp Theater. Among the works is Concerto Six Twenty-Two, a 1986 work by Lar Lubovitch (’64, dance) set to Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Also on the bill is Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen, which she created for the Hollywood production of Hair but didn’t end up using and redid to music by Willie “The Lion” Smith. The dancers will also perform Eliot Feld’s 1984 The Jig Is Up, which is set to Irish and Scottish folk tunes and which incorporates Feld’s lighting design and costumes by Willa Kim.
Other highlights include the annual collaboration of Juilliard choreographers and composers known as ChoreoComp (November 22-23; Willson Theater) as well as the division’s annual celebrations of its students’ work: Senior Dance Production (April 25-27, Willson Theater), Choreographic Honors (May 16-17, Sharp Theater), and Senior Showcase (May 19, Sharp Theater).
OPERA AND SONG
The Vocal Arts season gets underway with the first-ever public New York City master class by noted bel canto conductor Richard Bonynge, on October 9 in the Sharp Theater.
The undergraduate opera production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, directed by faculty member John Giampietro and conducted by Milos Repicky, takes place on November 4, 6, 8, and 10 (performances are not open to the public). Just over a week later, on November 20, 22, and 24, James Darrah directs Handel’s Radamisto with Julian Wachner conducting the singers and Juilliard415, the Historical Performance student ensemble, in the Sharp Theater.
On February 19, 21, and 23 in the Willson Theater, Juilliard Opera presents Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, which will be directed by Mary Birnbaum and conducted by Matthew Aucoin. Massenet’s Cendrillon, directed by Peter Kazaras, is on the bill April 23, 25, and 27; Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the Juilliard Orchestra in the Sharp Theater.
The 17th annual Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital takes place on April 7 in Tully Hall and features Sasha Cooke (M.M. ’06). The annual Vocal Arts Honors Recital will be held on March 20 in Tully Hall; the New York Festival of Song (this year celebrating P.G. Wodehouse’s collaborations with Kern, Gershwin, Porter, and Novello) is co-directed by faculty member Steven Blier and it takes place on January 15 in the Sharp Theater. The six-concert Liederabend series begins on October 31 and ends on April 10; Wednesdays at One concerts with Juilliard vocalists take place on December 4 and March 26; and the Juilliard Songfest, a celebration of Britten’s centenary, is on December 3.
Historical Performance begins its fifth year on September 24 in Paul Hall with student ensemble Juilliard415 performing Mozart string quintets led by faculty member Monica Huggett. The 415 season continues with H.P. director Robert Mealy conducting French dance suites on October 21 in Tully Hall. Guest conductor Nicholas McGegan leads the ensemble in the Jerome L. Greene concert—on November 4 in Tully—featuring Bohemian rarities including the New York premiere of Benda’s Violin Concerto in G Major. Huggett again takes the helm for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 on December 9, also in Tully.
Juilliard415 goes off campus several times including for performances at the Kosciuszko Foundation (15 East 65th Street on December 2) and a to-be-announced venue on February 24, led by Jordi Savall. It will collaborate for the first time with the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys at St. Thomas Church (1 West 53rd Street, at Fifth Avenue; January 30) with Richard Egarr conducting music by Handel and Purcell. William Christie conducts Juilliard415 twice, at the Metropolitan Museum on April 11 and as part of the Music Before 1800 series (Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st Street, on April 13). And Huggett leads the ensemble at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (921 Madison Avenue, between 73rd and 74th Streets) on April 25 and 27 and as part of Miller Theater’s Pop-Up Series at Columbia (2960 Broadway, at 116th Street) on May 6.
Juilliard’s fourth annual collaboration with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music results in performances of the St. John Passion on April 4 at Tully and on April 5 at Yale’s Woolsey Hall. On March 17, faculty member Gary Thor Wedow presides over Juilliard415 performing the St. Matthew Passion with the Trinity Wall Street Choir at Tully Hall.
Juilliard415 collaborates with Juilliard Opera in November’s full staging of Handel’s Radamisto (see Opera and Song).
Juilliard Baroque takes the stage at Paul Hall on January 23 with faculty members Robert Mealy, Gonzalo Ruiz, Dominic Teresi, and alumnus Jeffrey Grossman performing trios and solo sonatas by Handel, C.P.E. and J.S. Bach, and Jan Dismas Zelenka. The program will be repeated on January 26 at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments in New Haven and at Synod Hall in Pittsburgh on March 15. The ensemble also performs at the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk, on May 5.
Artists giving residencies this year include Richard Egarr, Christie, Savall, and Christopher Hogwood. McGegan will give a public master class, on October 30; the ensembles Fretwork, Arcangelo, and the London Haydn Quartet will hold nonpublic coachings in November and January. For the second year, Historical Performance will hold regular early-afternoon chamber-music concerts at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (3 West 65th Street) as an extension of the regular Juilliard Wednesdays at One series. Concerts take place on October 30, December 18, February 12, and May 7.
Juilliard’s new-music season begins with the New Juilliard Ensemble collaborating with the Royal Philharmonic Society to commemorate the venerable London institution’s bicentennial.
On November 1, N.J.E. will perform works by Kang, Gervasoni, Olivero, Bacewicz, and Sierra, and on April 1, it will perform works by winners of the annual N.J.E. composition competition: doctoral student and Evening Division faculty member Michael Ippolito, fourth-year composition student Molly Joyce, as well as Robin de Raaf and Valentin Bibik.
The 30th annual Focus! festival honors what would have been the 80th birthday of Soviet-Russian composer Alfred Schnittke, who died in 1998. It opens with an N.J.E. concert in the Sharp Theater on January 24 with Joel Sachs conducting music by Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli, and Arvo Part. The festival closes on January 31 with a Juilliard Orchestra performance led by Anne Manson.
Axiom opens its season in the Sharp Theater on October 11 with faculty member and alum Jeffrey Milarsky conducting two pieces by alumnus Jacob Druckman—Delizie contente che l’alme beate after Francesco Cavalli and Come Round—and the world premiere of the 2013 version of Morton Subotnick’s Jacob’s Room. The season continues February 27 in Tully Hall with Axiom taking part in Carnegie Hall’s Vienna: City of Dreams festival. On the bill will be Georg Friedrich Haas’s Monodie, Oliver Knussen’s Two Organa, Louis Andriessen’s Zilver, and alumnus David Lang’s cheating, lying, stealing. Axiom winds up its season on April 17 at Tully with Stockhausen’s Fünf Sternzeichen and Refrain as well as Derive 2 by Boulez. Axiom’s final appearances of the year are part of the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial. Also connected with the Biennial, the ensemble will perform H.K. Gruber’s Gloria—A Pig Tale with faculty member and alum Alan Gilbert conducting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (May 29-30 and June 1).
Beyond the Machine, Juilliard’s periodic celebration of multimedia performance, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Terry Riley’s seminal In C with a March performance. An adaptation of Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit by Jeremy Jordan (B.M. ’11, M.M. ’13, piano) will also be performed.
The Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recitals series takes off on September 30 with faculty member and alum Carol Wincenc giving a recital celebrating her 25th year at Juilliard with guest artists the Escher Quartet, harp faculty member and alum Nancy Allen, and others. They’ll play works by Yuko Uebayashi, Debussy, Henze, Schnittke, and a piece arranged by Daniel Paget. The Saidenberg series also includes concerts by three of the School’s resident chamber ensembles. On November 21, the Juilliard String Quartet plays works by Beethoven and Schubert plus a string quartet commissioned from Jesse Jones—Whereof man cannot speak …, and on February 24 it performs works by Bach, Berg, and Beethoven. On October 14, the American Brass Quintet presents works by alums Sebastian Currier (a world premiere and Juilliard-A.B.Q. co-commission) and David Snow plus Italian Renaissance works edited by faculty member-alum-A.B.Q. trumpeter Raymond Mase. And on March 19, the New York Woodwind Quintet performs.
The October 24 Saidenberg recital features Donald and Vivian Weilerstein playing violin and piano works; on October 29, pianist Seymour Lipkin performs. On January 19, Juilliard and the New York Philharmonic will present a farewell chamber music recital in honor of violinist and faculty member Glenn Dicterow. Performers include Gerald Robbins, Lisa Kim, Karen Dreyfus, and Eileen Moon playing works by faculty member John Corigliano, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Dvorak.
Performances of note in 2013-14 include the Bachauer Piano Competition winners’ recital, by Fei-Fei Dong and Yunqing Zhou, on October 16 in Paul Hall; the Leo Ruiz Memorial Recital, given by clarinetist Balazs Rumy at Carnegie Hall on November 13; and the Petschek Piano Debut Award Recital on May 8 in Tully Hall (recipient to be announced in January). The Juilliard Percussion Ensemble gives a concert in Tully Hall on November 12.
This year’s eight-concert Sonatenabend series begins October 10 and ends April 17, with performances in Paul Hall; the annual student ChamberFest includes eight concerts from January 13 to 18. Wednesday at One concerts not previously listed in this article include piano music on November 13 and February 5, chamber ensembles on November 20, February 26, and April 9; Lab Orchestra on December 11 and April 23; Percussion Ensemble on April 16; and music for brass on April 30.
Juilliard organists will give recitals on January 22 at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square (145 West 46th Street) and on March 25 at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th Street). On May 5, the Aeolus, Juilliard’s graduate resident string quartet, gives the annual Lisa Arnhold Memorial Recital at Tully Hall.
The Pre-College Orchestra, which is made up of older high school students and conducted by Adam Glaser, begins its season on November 22 in Alice Tully Hall; subsequent concerts will be held on February 22 and May 24. Faculty member and alum George Stelluto leads the Pre-College Symphony (younger high school students) in concerts on December 21, March 1, and May 24. Shih-Hung Young presides over the Pre-College String Ensemble (the youngest performing group at Juilliard) on December 21 and May 3; while Pre-College chamber music concerts will be held on December 21, January 18 (as part of Juilliard’s ChamberFest), January 25, April 12, May 3, May 10, May 17 (a chamber-music marathon), and May 21 (as part of the Wednesdays at One series). The Pre-College choruses will perform on January 25 and May 10; voice majors perform opera scenes on April 27. Members of the Pre-College faculty will give recitals every Saturday from September 21 through November 23.