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H.P. Tours, Nord Anglia, Council Benefit

Juilliard is teaming up with private-school operator Nord Anglia—whose C.E.O., Andrew Fitzmaurice, is shown with President Polisi—to develop a K-12 performing arts curriculum.

 (Photo by Gil Vaknin)

Historical Performance Summer Tours

Historical Performance’s ongoing collaboration with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music picks up in May when 10 non-Historical Performance music majors who have been taking secondary Baroque instrument lessons augment nearly two dozen members of Juilliard415 for a program that includes Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony and Beethoven’s Mass in C, conducted by David Hill. The group will perform on May 2 at Alice Tully Hall before embarking on a tour to England and France (May 22-31).

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The following month, Historical Performance teams up with London’s Royal Academy of Music for an all-Bach program. The whole enterprise, which includes 12 singers from the Marcus Institute of Vocal Arts, will be conducted by Masaaki Suzuki, with violinist Rachel Podger, who guest conducted at Juilliard in March, as the concertmaster. The tour begins with a debut at the Boston Early Music Festival (June 13), continues at Alice Tully Hall (June 15), and then moves to Europe. As part of the Leipzig Bach Festival, the group will perform at Bach’s church, St. Thomas (June 19). They’ll wind up at Duke’s Hall in London (June 21) as part of the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. Juilliard is grateful for the support of Gordon D. Henderson; the Sage Foundation (Melissa Sage Fadim, president); Joan and Peter Faber; Dominique Lahaussois and David Low; Alfred and Jane Ross Foundation; and Barbara and Paul Krieger.

The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Program

Juilliard is embarking on a global K-12 initiative with Nord Anglia Education, the operator of 35 private international schools serving more than 20,000 students in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and North America. The curriculum, which will be co-developed by Juilliard and Nord Anglia, aims to provide students with the skills, curiosity, and cultural literacy to engage with the performing arts throughout their lives.

The pilot music curriculum will begin to be in place in 10 inaugural schools this September. It’s scheduled to be rolled out in all three disciplines—music, dance, and drama—at all the schools by 2017. President Joseph W. Polisi said that the new program will allow Juilliard to “amplify our education efforts to reach a new global generation of young artists and audience members, as well as establish productive relationships between Nord Anglia’s international schools and Juilliard’s worldwide community of performers and teachers.”

Extravaganza Boosts Scholarship Fund

The culinary and cultural delights of Austria were on display when the Juilliard Council’s biennial benefit raised nearly $200,000 for scholarships. Kristen Rodriguez and Brian Heidtke co-chaired the March 3 event, and host Fred Plotkin regaled guests with insights into the city’s rich cultural and culinary history. The program included selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Schubert’s “Der Alpenjäger,” and the play Amadeus as well as the Vivace movement of Brahms’s String Quartet No. 3, a piece choreographed by freshman dancer Simon Rydén to J. Strauss’s Roses From the South, and modern Austrian jazz composer Joe Zawinul’s “Birdland.”

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