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Singer Emma Kirkby To Give Her First Master Class of Juilliard's Historical Performance Season on Monday November 2 at 4 PM in the School's Paul Hall

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Early music specialist, singer Emma Kirkby, gives a master class at Juilliard on Monday, November 2 at 4 PM in Juilliard's Paul Hall (155 West 65th Street). It opens the 2009-2010 season of events for Julliard's newest department in Historical Performance. Singers from Juilliard's Vocal Arts program will perform. They are: sopranos Deanna Breiwick and Catherine Hancock; mezzo-soprano Laura Mixter; and tenor Martin Coyle. Later this season, Juilliard Historical Performance presents master classes by early music specialist William Christie (March 31) and viol player and conductor Jordi Savall (May 1).

  

EXTREMELY LIMITED FREE tickets are available for the master class from 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.

  

Dame Emma Kirkby was a classics student at Oxford and then a school teacher before joining the Taverner Choir in 1971. In 1973, she began her long association with the Consort of Musicke. Ms. Kirkby took part in the early Decca Florilegium recordings with both the Consort of Musicke and the Academy of Ancient Music, at a time when most college-trained sopranos were not seeking a sound appropriate for early instruments. She had to find her own approach, with help from Jessica Cash in London, and from the directors, fellow singers and instrumentalists with whom she has worked over the years. Ms. Kirkby has worked with London Baroque, the Freiburger Barockorchester, L'Orfeo (of Linz), the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Fretwork, the Purcell Quartet, and now with some of the younger groups, such as Florilegium and the Armonico Consort. Ms. Kirkby has recorded on the BIS label (Sweden) since 2000. A compilation on the BIS label was released this year, entitled The Artistry of Emma Kirkby, drawing on nine CDs in all. She received the Order of the British Empire in November 2000, and in November 2007, was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She was delighted in June 2008 to return to her alma mater, Oxford University, to receive an honorary doctorate of music.

  

Soprano Deanna Breiwick, a native of Seattle, is a first year master of music student studying at Juilliard with Edith Bers and is a recipient of the Florence Page Kimball Scholarship. Ms. Breiwick recently was praised for her portrayal of Sister Constance in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites with Mannes Opera. Her many awards include grants from the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and the Richard F. Gold Career Grant. She received her bachelor of music degree from Mannes College of Music where she studied with Ruth Falcon and Beth Roberts.

   

Tenor Martin Coyle is currently in the second year of his master of music degree, studying with W. Stephen Smith. He received his bachelor of music degree from the Pennsylvania State University in voice performance. Mr. Coyle was seen at Juilliard last season as Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro. This past summer, he prepared the role of Don Ottavio at the Aspen Opera Theater Center in conjunction with the Aspen Music Festival and School. Mr. Coyle is the recipient of Juilliard's Higley Scholarship.

  

Soprano Catherine Hancock is pursuing a master of music degree and currently in her 1st year of study with Cynthia Hoffman. She received her bachelor of music degree from Juilliard where she participated in songbooks, chamber music concerts, master classes, opera scenes, and full-length productions with Juilliard Opera. She attended the Aspen Music Festival, singing in an orchestral scenes master class for Ingo Metzmacher as 1st Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and attended the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival where she sang Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. Ms. Hancock has performed in Boston's Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium and as a soloist in the Honors Recital at Ozawa Hall as part of Boston University's Tanglewood Institute in 2004.

   

Mezzo-soprano Laura Mixter hails from Naples, Florida and is currently in the third year of undergraduate study at Juilliard with Cynthia Hoffman. She is the recipient of the Higley Scholarship and the Helen Marshall Woodward Scholarship in voice. Last year, Ms. Mixter was Cousin Ermengarde in Juilliard's production of Paul Hindemith's A Long Christmas Dinner. She also has appeared as Cherubino in Oberlin in Italy's 2008 production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, and as Maurya in the Interlochen Arts Academy's 2007 production of Vaughan Williams' Riders to the Sea.

 

About Juilliard's Historical Performance Program

  

This season, Juilliard welcomes its first class of thirteen instrumentalists to the Historical Performance program. The program is open to master of music degree and graduate diploma candidates and offers comprehensive study focusing on music from the High Baroque through the Early Classical eras. The performance-oriented curriculum fosters an informed, vital understanding of the many issues unique to period instrument performance with the level of technical excellence and musical integrity for which Juilliard is renowned. Singers participating in Juilliard Historical Performance events are selected from the graduate and advanced level students in Juilliard's Vocal Arts department. Joint projects and collaborations with the School's Dance and Drama Divisions and Vocal Arts program, and with modern instrument students outside of the Historical Performance program, will be encouraged. The master of music degree program requires a two-year residency; the graduate diploma program with a major in Historical Performance is a two-year, non-degree course of study. Along with weekly lessons and frequent performances, the curriculum also includes core classes covering a broad range of issues related directly to performance, including style and interpretation, historical and cultural contexts, analytical methods and treatises, historical dance, improvisation, continuo improvisation/figured bass reading, and ornamentation.

  

Guest residencies are an important part of the Historical Performance program's annual schedule, as are master classes with experts from around the world, and this season, Juilliard presents a master class with singer Emma Kirkby on November 2, a residency and master class with viol player and conductor Jordi Savall on May 1, and a master class with early music specialist William Christie with members of his ensemble Les Arts Florissants on March 31.

  

Juilliard Baroque, the School's faculty ensemble, makes its debut on October 27 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Paul Hall.

  

For further information on the Historical Performance program, contact Juilliard's Admissions Office at (212) 799-5000, ext. 223 or visit www.juillard.edu/admissions. The next deadline date for applications is December 1, 2009.

 

 

JUILLIARD HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE

Calendar of Events

 

November 2, 4 PM, Juilliard's Paul Hall

Master Class with singer Emma Kirkby

Standby admission only

 

Tuesday, December 8, 8 PM, Juilliard's Paul Hall

Juilliard Period Instrument Ensemble

Monica Huggett, Conductor

LIMITED FREE tickets available November 24 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

Sunday, February 7, 4 PM - Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st Street, NYC

Juilliard Baroque

J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concertos No. 3, 4, and 5

For information on tickets for Music Before 1800, call (212) 666-9266. To get to Corpus Christi Church, take the M4 or M 104 bus or the No. 1 subway to 116th Street, Columbia University stop.

 

Wednesday, March 31, 4 PM, Juilliard's Paul Hall

Master Class with William Christie

LIMITED FREE tickets available March 17 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

Friday, April 2, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard Period Instrument Ensemble

William Christie, Conductor

FREE tickets available March 19 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

Wednesday, April 14, 8 PM, Juilliard's Paul Hall

Juilliard Period Instrument Ensemble

Monica Huggett, Conductor

LIMITED FREE tickets available March 31 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

Saturday, May 1, 8 PM, Juilliard's Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater

Juilliard Period Instrument Ensemble

Workshop Performance

Jordi Savall, Conductor

(Information on ticket availability to be announced.)

 

(Reminder: Juilliard Baroque makes its debut on October 27 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Paul Hall.)

 

The Juilliard Box Office, located at 155 West 65th Street, is open Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information on all Juilliard events, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.