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The Latest From Faculty, Staff, and Students February 2016

♦ indicates performances that readers can attend or enjoy at home

President Obama and Itzhak Perlman

In November, faculty member Itzhak Perlman ('68, violin) received a Presidential Medal of Freedom. IN December, he was awarded Israel's Genesis Prize. 

(Photo by Rami Perlman)



In November, faculty member Itzhak Perlman ('68, violin) received a Presidential Medal of Freedom. In December, it was announced that he would be awarded Israel's 2016 Genesis Prize.

William F. Baker's book The World's Your Stage: How Performing Artists Can Make a Living While Still Doing What They Love was released in January. It is based on his Juilliard class on the business of the performing arts.

In October, David Dubal (Diploma '61, piano) delivered a lecture called Commemorating the Centenary of the Death of Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) at Indiana University.

On March 9, Evan Fein's (MM '09, composition) first oratorio, Deborah, will have its world premiere in Alice Tully Hall. Faculty member Kent Tritle (BM '85, MM '88, organ; MM '87, choral conducting) will conduct the ensemble Musica Sacra and bass-baritone Kevin Deas (BM '78, voice) will be one of the soloists. In November, Fein participated in a panel discussion on music in the digital age at New York Choral Consortium's fall workshop: Choral Music in the Digital Age.

In November, Alan Kay (BM '82, MM '83, clarinet; Advanced Certificate '90, orchestral conducting) and Jon Klibonoff (MM '82, DMA '88, piano) received the Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders Chamber Music Award for Clarinet and Piano Music of Max Reger (Bridge Records).

Cello faculty member Fred Sherry (Pre-College ’65; Diploma '69, cello) presented the award at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.

Lasser's Circle, a concert exploring music by Philip Lasser (DMA '94, composition) and the music that most influences him, was presented in December at National Sawdust. The performers were Simone Dinnerstein (BM '96, piano) and Tim Fain (MM '00, violin), and the program included Lasser's The Breugel Suite for piano solo, his Chaconne Variations for violin and piano, and works by Schumann and Bach.

Joel Sachs will perform John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano in England this winter— at the University of Birmingham on February 16 and at Newcastle University on March 10.


In January, Luke Simcock, costume shop supervisor, went to Helsinki to oversee the costumes for Episode 31, which will be performed from February 19 to March 17 at the Finnish National Opera House. He had designed the costumes for the dance, which was created by Alexander Ekman for Juilliard New Dances in 2011. Episode 31 was also performed by Juilliard dancers at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival and was subsequently purchased by the Joffrey Ballet.


Second-year master's pianist Duanduan Hao has translated Debussy's “Conversation with Monsieur Croche,” first printed in the French literary magazine La revue blanche in July 1901, into Chinese. In spring 2016, the translation is scheduled to be published by the People's Music Publishing House, which is one of the largest music publishers in China.

Pre-College violinist Brianna Kahane made the list of Crain's New York 20 Under 20. She is helping raise $19 million for charities including the Make a Wish Foundation, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

In December, third-year violist Jameel Martin (Pre-College ’13) master's violinists Chelsea Starbuck Smith (Pre-College ’10) and Jocelyn Zhu, and cellist Hamilton Berry (MM '09, cello) performed at Alice Tully Hall with pop star Debbie Harry (of Blondie fame) during a gala to honor the fashion designer Valentino.

Third-year Angie Zhang (Pre-College '13, piano) won honorable mention in the Wideman International Piano Competition, which took place in December.

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