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Limón’s Concerto Grosso

The Juilliard Dance Ensemble performed José Limón’s Concerto Grosso (1945), also called Concerto in D minor After Vivaldi (set to Bach’s Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596, after Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 11), in May 1963 and April 1964. For those occasions, the original choreography for three dancers was arranged and abridged for a larger cast by Limón, a faculty member since the Dance Division’s founding in 1951 until his death in 1972, and his assistant, Betty Jones, who taught in the dance and opera departments from 1953 to 1972.  

Juilliard Dance Ensemble in Limon's Concerto Grosso

The Juilliard Dance Ensemble performs José Limón’s Concerto in D Minor After Vivaldi in April 1964. Michael Uthoff (center). If you know who the other dancers are, get in touch with us!

(Photo by Merlin Petroff, Herbert Spencer Inc., Juilliard Archives)
Juilliard dancers perform Jose Limon's Concerto Grosso

The Juilliard Dance Ensemble performs José Limón’s Concerto in D Minor After Vivaldi in April 1964. Sarah Ford (left), Beatrice Lamb (second from left), Dennis Nahat (center), and Michael Uthoff (back). If you know who the other dancers are, get in touch with us!

(Photo by Merlin Petroff, Herbert Spencer Inc., Juilliard Archives)

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Raymond Cook and Morris Donaldson led the 1963 performance, with organist Milton Sutter, and the 1964 double cast was led by Dennis Nahat, Michael Uthoff, Raymond Cook, and Daniel Lewis. Ensemble members included Carmen Biascoechea, Marcia Kurtz, Beatrice Lamb, Libby Nye, Francia Roxin, Judith Willis, Sarah Ford, Dana Holby, Jennifer Muller, Tamara Woshakiwsky, Martha Clarke, Susan Hess, Judith Hogan, Libby Nye, and Carol Reynolds.

In October, José Limón’s Concerto Grosso (1945) was reconstructed by faculty member Risa Steinberg and performed by three Juilliard students—fourth-years Cleo Person, Taylor Johnson, and Mark Sampson—for the Limón Dance Company’s 70th-anniversary season retrospective at the Joyce.

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