José Limón's Concerto Grosso in 2015 and 1964

Juilliard Dance Ensemble performs José Limón’s Concerto in D Minor After Vivaldi in 1964. The cast included Sarah Ford, Dana Holby, Beatrice Lamb (second from left), Jennifer Muller, Tamara Woshakiwsky, Dennis Nahat (center) and Michael Uthoff (back).

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

José Limón’s Concerto Grosso (1945) will be 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 on October 17 and 18. The festival will showcase the master choreographer’s work with performances by Limón dancers, guest artists from companies such as the Royal Danish Ballet and the Bavarian State Ballet, and students from acclaimed dance education programs.

Saturday, October 17, 7:00pm

Oct 17 at 7pm, Oct 18 at 2:30pm


The Juilliard Dance Ensemble performed Concerto Grosso, 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. 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.

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