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Juilliard-Bennington-Curtis-Eastman-N.E.C.-Sarah Lawrence-Yale Symposium (1947); Juilliard Opera's "Hary Janos" (1960)

The following events in Juilliard’s history occurred in March:

Marnell Higley and Ronald Freed

Marnell Higley and Ronald Freed in the U.S. premiere of Kodaly’s Hary Janos in 1960 at Juilliard.

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1947 March 14-16, Juilliard hosted a symposium of new compositions, dance recitals, and forum discussions with participants from Bennington College, Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Sarah Lawrence College, and Yale School of Music. The symposium included a program of works by Juilliard composers followed by a forum on the origins and development of American folk music. Curtis students Seymour Lipkin and Jacob Lateiner, now Juilliard faculty members, performed compositions by George Rochberg and Francesco Caruso. Sarah Lawrence and Bennington presented modern dance recitals, and an informal dance was held with music by the Juilliard Jazz Band led by Maceio Williams.

1960 March 18-20, the Juilliard Opera Theater presented the first U.S. staged performances of Zoltan Kodaly’s Hary Janos. Juilliard commissioned an English version with lyrics translated by Peggy Simon and dialogue adapted by David Shaber. Zymbalon soloist Toni Koves Steiner appeared as a guest artist with the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Frederic Waldman. Frederic Cohen and Elsa Kahl directed the production, which featured choreography by Juilliard alumnus Joel Schnee and sets and costumes by Hermann Markard.

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