The following event in Juilliard’s history occurred in October:
October 22, the Juilliard Orchestra, led by Albert Stoessel, presented a concert in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt and the 50th year of his death. Faculty member Alexander Siloti, a former pupil of Liszt, performed his newly edited versions of the composer’s Concerto No. 2 and Totentanz. Also on the program were Les Préludes and 23rd Psalm for voice, harp, and organ with soprano Maxine Stellman (Diploma ’33, Certificate ’34, Juilliard Graduate School ’39, voice), harpist Joseph Pizzo, and organist George Volkel (’33, conducting).
October 10, Juilliard’s 52nd academic year opened with convocation ceremonies. Speakers for the occasion were Doris Humphrey, member of the dance faculty and director of the Juilliard Dance Theater, and faculty member Josef Raieff (’32, piano). Humphrey spoke on the topic of Music and Dance: Their Relationship, while Raieff’s remarks examined Self-Education Through Reading, urging students to investigate literature in many subjects in addition to formal music study. Frederick Prausnitz conducted the chorale A Mighty Fortress Is Our God and the program concluded with The Star-Spangled Banner.
October 4, Van Cliburn (Diploma ’54, piano) gave a benefit concert for Juilliard in Philharmonic Hall. The recital inaugurated a series of annual events sponsored by the Alumni Association for Juilliard scholarship funds.
October 21, actress Estelle Parsons appeared as a guest lecturer in the Juilliard Theater Center.