Institute of Musical Art's New Building Profiled (1910); Juilliard Basketball (1947); Opera Premieres "Sweet Bye and Bye" (1957); Cage Visits Students (1986)


In 1971, the Juilliard Dance Ensemble presented the premiere of José Limón’s Revel, which was set to faculty member Elizabeth Sawyer’s Woodwind Quintet (1963). Faculty member Risa Steinberg is the dancer in the front on the right.

(Photo by Milton Oleaga)


The November 10 issue of The New York Architect, a national magazine dedicated to the interests of architecture and the allied fine arts, was devoted entirely to the new building of the Institute of Musical Art (Juilliard’s predecessor institution) at 120 Claremont Avenue in Morningside Heights. Juilliard moved to its current home at Lincoln Center in 1969, and the Manhattan School of Music now resides in the Claremont Avenue building.


In a scrimmage before the season opening on November 8, the Juilliard basketball team defeated the West Side Presbyterian Church Cagers by 31 to 30. Only five members of the regular squad participated, as the game was announced spontaneously by physical education director and coach Kenneth Seixas. Later that season Juilliard’s team competed against Union Theological Seminary, Fordham Frosh, Hunter College Men, 73rd Street Presbyterian, Columbia Pharmacy, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Cooper Union. (For present-day Juilliard sports news, see “The Juilliard Running Ensemble Is on Its Feet and Ready to Go” and “Juilliard Softball: A Team’s Journey to Greatness.”


November 22-23, the Juilliard Opera Theater premiered The Sweet Bye and Bye. Composed by Jack Beeson with a libretto by Kenward Elmslie, the opera addressed the evangelistic movement in Atlantic City at the turn of 20th century. Shirlee Emmons, Ruth Kobart, and alumnus William McGrath appeared as guest artists. 


November 12-13, the Juilliard Dance Ensemble premiered works by faculty members Anna Sokolow (Scenes from the Music of Charles Ives) and José Limón (Revel) set to a score by faculty member Elizabeth Sawyer. In honor of modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn, Limón’s The Unsung was given its first New York performance. The concert also included faculty member Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels with music by alum Norman Dello Joio. James Conlon, then in his senior year, conducted the Juilliard Repertory Orchestra.


November 4, John Cage visited Pia Gilbert’s graduate class in aesthetics to discuss his influences and conception of music.

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