On Monday, December 9, 2013, the Juilliard donor community came together to celebrate the holidays with a program exploring the idea of “The Art of Improvisation” across the Dance, Drama, and Music Divisions. President Joseph W. Polisi emceed the performance in Paul Hall before guests visited the June Noble Larkin Lobby for a champagne reception. (Photos by Justin Astafanous)
Grammy Award-winning chair of the Juilliard organ department, Paul Jacobs, discusses the tradition of organ improvisation.
Paul Jacobs performs selections of J.S. Bach.
Juilliard Drama Division faculty member Richard Feldman introduces an improvisational acting game called “Starters.”
Group 42 actors Brittany Vicars and Austin Smith in action.
Faculty member Jerome Begin introduces a live improvisation between dancer Austin Goodwin (B.F.A. ’14) and jazz trumpeter Riley Mulherkar (M.M. ’14).
Violinist Charles Yang (M.M. ’13) and pianist Peter Dugan (M.M. ’14) perform their own version of Csárdás by Vittorio Monti.
President Joseph W. Polisi gives closing remarks in advance of Charles and Peter’s encore of Paul McCartney's "Blackbird."
Ovation Society and Friends of Drama members Nancy and Bruce Hall.
Juilliard Club Executive Committee member Erika Stallings and Rageim Walker.
Juilliard Club member John Abbamondi and Amy Nobile.
(From left) Ovation Society member Thomas Volpe, William D. Jeffrey, Ovation Society member Anita Volpe, and Juilliard Drama Council member Casey Bayles.
Juilliard Club member Gillian Abbott (B.F.A. ’13) with her guest.