Morel Conducts Bergsma Premiere at New Philharmonic Hall (1962)
The following event in Juilliard’s history occurred in September:
1962 September 28, the Juilliard Orchestra and conductor Jean Morel presented a concert as part of the opening week celebrations of Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center. The program included the premiere of former faculty member William Bergsma’s In Celebration: Toccata for the Sixth Day, which was commissioned by The Juilliard School, and the New York premiere of former Juilliard President William Schuman’s A Song of Orpheus: Fantasy for Violoncello and Orchestra, with Leonard Rose as soloist. Also performed were Stravinsky’s Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée and Strauss’ Suite from Der Bürger als Edelmann.