First Issue of "Baton" Published (1922); Juilliard Premieres "Xerxes" (1932); Student Council Presents "On the Town" (1963); JSQ Premieres Carter's Quartet No. 3 (1973)

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

Bernstein's On the Town

The Juilliard Student Council's 1963 production of Bernstein's On the Town

(Photo by Bob Serating)


1922: The earliest Juilliard periodical, The Baton, commenced publication in January. The Baton was a monthly magazine produced by students and faculty of the Institute of Musical Art. Generously illustrated, it contained many articles of broad musical interest as well as Institute news. It ceased publication in 1932. Issues of The Baton are viewable on the Lila Acheson Wallace Library’s Web page (www.juilliard.edu/libraryarchives/digital_resource.html#).

1932: December 15-17, Juilliard presented the New York premiere and second U.S. production of Handel’s Xerxes. Albert Stoessel conducted, Alfredo Valenti directed and designed sets, and members of the New York Oratorio Society supplemented the ensemble of the opera department.

1963: December 6-7, the Juilliard Student Council presented Leonard Bernstein’s musical comedy On the Town (book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green), produced by saxophone student Howard Porter Perloff. Robert Mariano directed the production, with choreography by Arthur Bauman and musical direction by Jonathan Tunick. The cast featured Catherine Corkill, Simon Estes, Joyce Gerber, William Griffith, Iris Hanisch, Daniel Lipton, Howard Porter Perloff, Betty Jean Pulling, David Paul Taylor, and Tamara Woshakiwsky. Among the members of the dance ensemble were Ray Cook, Edward DeSoto, Laura Glenn, Gerri Houlihan, Dennis Nahat, Ellen Tittler, Lance Westergard, and Michael Uthoff.

1973: January 23, the Juilliard String Quartet premiered Elliott Carter’s Quartet No. 3, which was composed for the ensemble on commission from Juilliard. The work earned Carter his second Pulitzer Prize.

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