Juilliard Grad School Orchestra's First Concert (1928); Milhaud at Juilliard (1946); José Limón Anniversary (1995)

The following events in Juilliard’s history occurred in December and January:

Mary Lou Rosato played Mrs. Hardcastle and Kevin Kline was her son Tony in the Acting Company’s production of She Stoops to Conquer, given in a benefit performance for the Juilliard Drama Division in 1975.

(Photo by Diana Gorodnitzky)


1928 January 15, the Juilliard Graduate School Orchestra gave its first concert at the Engineering Auditorium on West 39th Street. Conductor Albert Stoessel led the orchestra and soloists Jerome Rappaport and Adele Marcus in performances of Ernest Bloch’s Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra with Piano Obbligato, J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Piano and Strings, and Gustav Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite.

1946 December 29, the League of Composers honored Darius Milhaud with a concert in which he conducted his own works at the Museum of Modern Art. An ensemble including Juilliard musicians performed three cantatas—Les Amours de Ronsard, Adages, Pan et la Syrinx—and the woodwind quintet La Cheminée du Roi René. On January 7, 1947, Milhaud visited Juilliard to meet with student composers and conduct a concert of four cantatas that included the three works performed at the Museum of Modern Art as well as the U.S. premiere of Cantate pour L’Inauguration du Musée de L’Homme, with text by Robert Desnos. The composer’s wife, Madeleine Milhaud, was the narrator.

1975 December 2, the Acting Company, originally formed from the first graduating class of Juilliard’s Drama Division, returned to its alma mater for a benefit performance. Under the artistic direction of John Houseman, the company presented Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer, directed by Stephen Porter. Proceeds from the event went toward support of the Drama Division.

1995 December 5, Juilliard commemorated the 50th anniversary of the José Limón Dance Company with a tribute to Limón and his legacy. The School commissioned a revival of Limón’s The Winged (1966), restaged by Carla Maxwell. Excerpts were performed during the tribute, and the dance was presented in its entirety in February with a newly commissioned score by Juilliard student Jon Magnussen. The first part of the tribute, titled “Juilliard Dances for Limón,” included The Winged, La Malinche, Missa Brevis, and a kaleidoscope, “The Juilliard Years,” created by Carolyn Adams, Sue Bernhard, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Laura Glenn, and Linda Kent to honor Limón and other teachers and artists who contributed to the Dance Division since its founding by Martha Hill in 1951. The second half of the program, “Limón Dances for Juilliard,” featured performances by the Limón Dance Company of The Moor’s Pavane and excerpts from A Choreographic Offering in a new reconstruction staged by Sarah Stackhouse.

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