Juilliard Orchestra at West Point (1941); Dance Ensemble Premieres Sokolow's "Odes" (1965); Shostakovich's Son Conducts "Lady Macbeth" (1984)

February 23, the Juilliard Orchestra appeared at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Violinists Dorothy DeLay and Janina Gorecka performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for two solo violins and string orchestra, edited and revised by conductor Albert Stoessel. The program also included Franck’s Symphony in D Minor, Weber’s Overture to Oberon, Liszt’s Les Préludes, and arias by Mozart, Puccini, and Massenet with soprano soloist Janet Burt.

Maxim Shostakovich conducted a rehearsal of his father’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in 1984, with Liviu Ciulei (right), the creator and set designer for the production. Ciulei’s New York debut took place at Juilliard in 1977 when he directed Frank Wedekind’s play Spring Awakening.

(Photo by Peter Schaaf)


February 12, the Juilliard Dance Ensemble premiered Anna Sokolow’s Odes, choreographed to three compositions by Edgar Varèse: Octandre, Density 21.5, and Poème Electronique. Jorge Mester conducted, and flutist Virginia Sindelar was the soloist for a duet danced by Lee Wagner and Lance Westergard. Current faculty member Linda Kent and Eric Hampton were among the cast members.

February 3, actors Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn appeared as guest speakers in the Drama Division. 

February 15, the Juilliard American Opera Center presented the original 1934 version of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, the first fully-staged production in New York in 50 years. Produced by Liviu Ciulei and staged by Roberto Goldschlager, Juilliard’s performance marked the operatic conducting debut of the composer’s son, Maxim Shostakovich, in the United States. 

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