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Conductor Nicholas McGegan Returns to Juilliard to Lead the Juilliard Orchestra in Works by Britten, Mendelssohn, and Mozart in the Opening Concert of the 2009-2010 Orchestral Season

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Conductor Nicholas McGegan returns to Juilliard leading the Juilliard Orchestra in the opening concert of their 2009-2010 season on Friday, October 2 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater (155 West 65th Street). The program features Britten's Suite on English Folk Songs, Op. 90; Mozart Bassoon Concerto, K. 191 (soloist to be announced on September 26); and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 ("Scottish"), Op. 56.

 

FREE tickets are available beginning September 18 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, located in the lobby of the School at 155 West 65th Street. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit www.juilliard.edu.

  

The concert is the first of twelve by the Juilliard Orchestra this season at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Most of them are free; others heavily discounted. (Please see a complete list of the 2009-2010 Juilliard Orchestra concerts at the end of this release. )

  

Britten's Suite on English Folk Songs, Op. 90, composed in 1974, was the composer's last orchestral work. It was dedicated to the memory of Percy Grainger, who was a collector of folk tunes; several of the melodies used in the work had been transcribed by Australian composer Percy Grainger. The third movement of the work was composed to celebrate the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1967 and was included in the suite. The movements are: (1) Cake and Ale; (2) The bitter whey; (3) Hankin Booby; (4) Hunt the squirrel; and (5) Lord Melbourne.

  

Mozart's Bassoon Concerto, K. 191 was composed in 1774. The work is in three movements: the first is a sonata form; the second is slow and lyrical; and the final movement is a rondo. A theme from Le nozze di Figaro (the Countess' aria Porgi, Amor) can be heard in the second movement.

  

Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 ("Scottish"), Op. 56, may have been conceived while Mendelssohn was on a trip to Scotland in 1829, but was not completed until 1842. The work was dedicated to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and had its premiere in Leipzig on March 3, 1842.

 

Nicholas McGegan's 2009-2010 season includes appearances with the St. Louis Symphony (October 10, 11, November 20, 21, 22, and December 11, 12, 13), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (October 21, 22, 23, and 27), and the Cincinnati Symphony (December 17, 19, 20). He gives a lecture on "Musical Tastes of 18th Century London" on September 30 at the Yale Center for British Arts.

  

Active in opera, as well as the concert hall, Mr. McGegan was principal conductor of Sweden's 18th Century Theater Drottningholm from 1993-1996, running the annual festival there. He has been a pioneer in the process of exporting historically informed practice beyond the small world of period instruments to the wider one of conventional symphonic forces, guest-conducting orchestras like the Concertgebouw, Suisse Romande, Halle, Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Sydney symphonies and the New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong Philharmonics, as well as opera companies such as Covent Garden, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Washington.

  

Through more than twenty years as its music director, Nicholas McGegan has established the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) as one of the leading period performance ensembles in the United States. Born in England, Mr. McGegan was educated at Oxford and Cambridge. Awards include a professorship at Gottingen University and an official Nicholas McGegan Day, declared by the Mayor of San Francisco in recognition of two decades' distinguished work with the PBO.

  

The next appearance of the Juilliard Orchestra will be in Carnegie Hall's festival, Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: Celebrating Chinese Culture, of which Juilliard is a partner. Composer Tan Dun conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in the world premiere of his violin concerto, featuring violinist and Juilliard faculty member and alumnus, Cho-Liang Lin as soloist on Monday, October 26 at 7:30 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The violin concerto was co-commissioned by Juilliard and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Tan Dun's chamber music works, Concerto for Six, Secret Land for 12 cellos, and Silk Road for soprano and percussion, complete the program. Limited FREE tickets will be available beginning October 12 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). For further information on tickets, call (212) 769-7406 or visit www.juilliard.edu.

  

Carnegie Hall presents conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the Juilliard Orchestra on Wednesday, October 28 at 8 PM in Carnegie Hall, also a part of the festival, Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: Celebrating Chinese Culture. The program includes the world premiere of Chinese composer Chen Qigang's new work performed by renowned pianist Lang Lang with Lou Harrison's Pacifika Rondo and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with soprano Anne Sophie von Otter and tenor Gregory Kunde. For information on tickets, call CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7400 or visit www.carnegiehall.org.

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FOR LISTINGS:

Friday, October 2, 2009, 8 PM, Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater (155 West 65th Street)

Juilliard Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan, Conductor

Britten - Suite on English Folk Songs, Op. 90

Mozart - Bassoon Concerto, K. 191

Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 3 ("Scottish"), Op. 56

FREE tickets are available beginning September 18 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

 

JUILLIARD ORCHESTRA ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES - 2009-2010 SEASON

 

Monday, October 26, 7:30 PM

Alice Tully Hall

Tan Dun, conductor

Cho-Liang Lin, violin

All-Tan Dun program

Concerto for Six; Secret Land for Orchestra and 12 Violoncelli; Silk Road; Violin Concerto (world premiere)

Presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall as part of Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: Celebrating Chinese Culture

LIMITED FREE tickets are available beginning October 12 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

 

Wednesday, October 28, 8 PM

Presented by Carnegie Hall as part of Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: Celebrating Chinese Culture

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Lang Lang, piano

Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano

Gregory Kunde, tenor

Harrison - Pacifika Rondo

Chen Qigang - new work (world premiere)

Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde

Tickets from $22 - $59 are on sale September 10 at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, through CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org.

 

Saturday, October 31, 5 PM

Alice Tully Hall

Bernard Haitink, Conductor

Mendelssohn - Overture to The Hebrides, Op. 26

Brahms - Symphony No. 2, Op. 73

LIMITED FREE tickets available beginning October 16 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

 

Monday, December 7, 8 PM

Alice Tully Hall

James DePreist, Conductor

Berlioz - Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21

Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 19 (soloist to be announced)

Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 123

LIMITED FREE tickets available beginning November 23 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

 

Friday, January 22, 8 PM

The Peter Jay Sharp Theater

FOCUS! 2010, Music at the Center: Composing an American Mainstream

Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor

Works by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, and William Schuman

LIMITED FREE tickets available beginning January 8 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

 

Friday, February 20, 8 PM

Carnegie Hall

James DePreist, conductor

Börtz - Sinfonia No. 1

Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Major, Op. 55 (soloist to be announced)

Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Tickets are $25 and $10. Half-price discounts for students and seniors. Tickets available beginning January 16 at the Carnegie Hall Box Office or CarnegieCharge (212) 247-7800 or www.carnegiehall.org.

 

Friday, February 26, 8 PM

The Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor

Featuring world premiere works by Juilliard student composers

FREE tickets available beginning February 12 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

 

Thursday, April 1, 8 PM

Avery Fisher Hall

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

All-William Schuman program

Tickets are $20 and $10 available February 25 at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office or through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500

 

Monday, April 12, 8 PM

Alice Tully Hall

Alan Gilbert, conductor

Ligeti - Atmospheres

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 1 (soloist to be announced)

Schoenberg - Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16

Mozart - Symphony No. 38 "Prague"

LIMITED FREE Tickets available beginning March 29 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

 

Friday, April 30, 8 PM

Alice Tully Hall

Xian Zhang, conductor

Augusta Read Thomas - Jubilee (world premiere)

Sibelius - Symphony No. 2

LIMITED FREE tickets available beginning April 16 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

 

Thursday, May 20, 8 PM

Alice Tully Hall

Commencement Concert

James DePreist, conductor

Rossini - Overture to La Gazza Ladra

Dvořák - Cello Concerto

Lutoslawski - Concerto for Orchestra

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