The following events in Juilliard’s history occurred in November:
November 16, the Juilliard Graduate School presented a concert at Town Hall in commemoration of the Franz Schubert centenary. The all-Schubert program consisted of the Quintet in C Major, D. 956; Fantasia in C Major, D. 760; Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965; and Trio in E-flat Major, D. 929. Performers included Samuel Kramar, Hine Brown, Charles Lichter, John Frazer, Karl Rossner, Jerome Rappaport, Janice Davenport, Harry Fagin, Ethelyn Dryden, Isabelle Yalkovsky, Sadah Shuchari, and Katherine Fletcher.
November 3, clarinetist Benny Goodman presented “The Clarinet in Swing and Classics,” the first in a series of five classes he gave at the Institute of Musical Art.
November 14-15, to celebrate Aaron Copland’s 60th birthday, Juilliard held two concerts of the composer’s works. The first program featured In the Beginning, with the Juilliard Chorus and soloist Jan DeGaetani under the direction of Frederik Prausnitz; The City, a documentary film score; Sextet, performed by the Juilliard String Quartet with pianist Leonid Hambro and clarinetist Stanley Drucker; and three excerpts from the opera The Tender Land, performed by students of the Juilliard Opera Theater and the Dance Division. The second concert, co-sponsored by the Fromm Music Foundation, was a recital by William Masselos including three of Copland’s major piano works: Piano Sonata, Piano Variations, and Piano Fantasy. The latter was commissioned by Juilliard for the School’s 50th anniversary and premiered by Masselos on October 25, 1957. The manuscript of Copland’s Piano Fantasy is in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Special Collections.
November 30, Paul Recital Hall was officially dedicated with a concert by Horacio Gutiérrez, Itzhak Perlman, and Joseph Kalichstein. Colonel C. Michael Paul, the violinist, philanthropist, and financier after whom the hall is named, gave remarks, and dedicatory speeches were also made by Juilliard President Peter Mennin and Amyas Ames, chairman of the board of Lincoln Center.