Juilliard Arrives at Lincoln Center (1969); Memorial for Michel Saint-Denis (1971); Juilliard's 80th Anniversary (1985)

1951  October 3, Juilliard held opening convocation ceremonies with speakers President William Schuman, viola faculty member Milton Katims, and Martha Hill, head of the newly formed Dance Division. (President Schuman established the department in 1951 with the appointment of Hill as director.)

Van Cliburn and Itzhak Perlman

Juilliard alumni Van Cliburn (left) and Itzhak Perlman at the School's dedication concert on October 26, 1969.

(Photo by Whitestone)

Michel Saint-Denis and John Houseman at a Drama Division retreat at the Wykeham Rise School in Washington, Conn., in August 1968.

(Photo by Robert Alan Gold)


1969  October 26, the opening of Juilliard’s new home at Lincoln Center was celebrated with a gala dedication concert in Alice Tully Hall. Alumni Shirley Verrett, Van Cliburn, and Itzhak Perlman performed with the Juilliard Orchestra led by Leopold Stokowski and Jean Morel. Opening remarks were given by John D. Rockefeller 3rd and President Peter Mennin. The dedication of the Juilliard building, designed by Pietro Belluschi, Eduardo Catalano, and Helge Westermann, marked the completion of the Lincoln Center complex 10 years after the groundbreaking by President Eisenhower.

1971  October 21, Juilliard held a memorial for Michel Saint-Denis, at which President Peter Mennin, Drama Division Director John Houseman, Pierre Lefèvre, Robert Whitehead, David Schramm, and other colleagues spoke. Saint-Denis was the principal advisor for the Drama Division; he was also well known as consultant-director of the Royal Shakespeare Theater and founding director of the Old Vic Theater School. He died in London on July 31 at the age of 73.

1985  October 31, New York City celebrated “Juilliard School Day,” proclaimed by Mayor Edward I. Koch in honor of the School’s 80th anniversary.

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