Van Cliburn Performance (1953); Luciano Berio Conducted an Evening of Musical Theater (1967)


Luciano Beri

Luciano Beri conducting a rehearsal of his Passagio, which received its American premiere at Juilliard in 1967.

(Photo by Milton Oleaga)



January 30, the Extension Department (predecessor to the Evening Division) opened for classes. 


January 23, Van Cliburn (Diploma ’54, piano), as student soloist competition winner, performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Jean Morel conducted the program, which also featured Stravinsky’s Divertimento from the ballet Le baiser de la fée and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3.


January 9-10, composition faculty member Luciano Berio conducted an evening of musical theater. His Passagio received its American premiere with Evelyn Mandac (M.S. ’66, ’69, voice) in the role of Her. Dennis Russell Davies (B.M. ’66, M.S. ’68, D.M.A. ’72, orchestral conducting) led the speaking chorus, and John Nelson (M.S. ’66, ’68, choral conducting) served as chorus master. Berio also conducted Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, with Robert Jones (M.S. ’67, voice), Alan Titus (Diploma ’71, voice), and Mandac in the principal roles. Leonard Slatkin (B.M. ’67, orchestral conducting) was assistant conductor for the double bill, which was presented under the sponsorship of Juilliard and Harvard with the assistance of the Rockefeller Foundation. 


December 7, Catherine Turocy, artistic director and co-founder of the New York Baroque Dance Company, presented a workshop in Baroque dance.

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