Lhévinne Scholarship Launched (1955); Dance Ensemble Premieres “Divertissement” (1978); Segovia at Juilliard (1985)

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

The Juilliard Orchestra boards a bus to perform at West Point in 1942.

(Photo by Pictorial Feature Service)



March 26, the laying of the cornerstone of the Institute of Musical Art’s building at 120 Claremont Avenue in Morningside Heights was celebrated with addresses by President Frank Damrosch and the Reverend Thomas Cuming Hall. The Institute of Musical Art, Juilliard’s predecessor institution, was previously located in the former Lenox mansion at Fifth Avenue and 12th Street.  


March 8, the Juilliard Graduate School Orchestra made its second annual invitation trip to West Point. Orchestra members toured the Military Academy, attended an organ recital, and presented a concert sponsored by the United States Military Academy Band. The program included Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, faculty member Robert Ward’s Symphony No. 1, Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in G minor transcribed by faculty member Albert Stoessel, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, and a selection of songs performed by Suzanne Fisher of the Metropolitan Opera Company.


March 15, the Josef Lhévinne Memorial Scholarship was launched with a concert by pianist and faculty member Rosina Lhévinne, soprano and alumna Risë Stevens, and the Juilliard String Quartet (Robert Mann, Robert Koff, Raphael Hillyer, and Arthur Winograd). The event coincided with Mrs. Lhévinne’s 75th birthday celebration and raised $5,711 towards the endowment of a piano scholarship in her late husband’s name. Mrs. Lhévinne and the Juilliard String Quartet concluded the program with Dvorak’s Quintet for Piano and Strings in A Major, Op. 81.


March 11-12, the Juilliard Dance Ensemble gave the New York premiere of “Divertissement” from Les Festes Venitiennes (“presented to Ladies of the Court”) with choreography and direction by faculty member Wendy Hilton. Conductor Ronald Braunstein and the Juilliard Chamber Ensemble provided musical accompaniment by 18th-century composer André Campra.


March 26, classical guitarist Andrés Segovia visited Juilliard for a public interview with pianist David Dubal, a member of the Graduate Studies and Evening Division faculties.

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