Conductor David Effron Opens The Juilliard Orchestra Season on Monday, October 4 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater

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David Effron
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Conductor and educator, David Effron, opens the Juilliard Orchestra season of fourteen concerts on Monday, October 4 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The free program features Strauss' Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (1894-95); Bloch's Suite for Viola and Orchestra (1919) (soloist announced September 24); and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10 (1924-25). Mr. Effron returns to Juilliard after an appearance earlier this year in January when he conducted Juilliard singers and the Juilliard Orchestra in a concert version of Copland's The Tender Land, presented as part of Juilliard's FOCUS! 2010 festival, Music at the Center: Composing an American Mainstream.

FREE tickets to this concert will be available beginning September 20 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM - 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Richard Strauss' tone poem, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche was written between 1894 and 1895 and had its premiere on November 5, 1895 by the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne under Franz Wüllner. Its full title in English is Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, after an old rogue's tale, set for large orchestra in rondo form. The jury has been out a long time on whether Till was a real person or not. He is a literary character and a part of German folklore.

Swiss composer Ernest Bloch composed his Suite for Viola and Orchestra in early 1919, first as a work for viola and piano and then a few months later, he arranged the piano part for orchestra. The work, which won the Coolidge Prize that year, comprises four movements: (1) Lento-Allegro-Moderato; (2) Allegro ironico; (3) Lento; and (4) Molto vivo.

Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10 was composed as a graduation piece for Shostakovich who was a student at the Petrograd Conservatory. The symphony was premiered on May 12, 1926 with the Leningrad Philharmonic and conductor Nikolai Malko.

David Effron is chair of orchestral conducting and professor of music (orchestral conducting) at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. His 50-year career has included appearances with major symphony orchestras and opera companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and the Far East. The summer of 2007 marked his 11th and final season as artistic director and principal conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, during which time the Board of this organization established an artistic director/conductor chair in his honor. He also was honored with the title of conductor laureate.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Effron has served as artistic director and conductor of the Central City Opera, the Merola program of the San Francisco opera, the Youngstown (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and the Heidelberg (Germany) Castle festival. His discography includes a Grammy award winning recording of Copland's Lincoln Portrait, Benita Valente in recital which won the German Critics Prize (Pantheon label), and the RCA recording of Corigliano's Pied Piper Fantasy (with James Galway), which won a top prize from Ovation magazine.

Juilliard Orchestra 2010-2011 Calendar of Events

Monday, October 4, 2010, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

David Effron, Conductor

Strauss - Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

Bloch - Suite for Viola and Orchestra

Shostakovich - Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10

Monday, October 18, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard Orchestra with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Orchestra

James DePreist and Imre Palló, Conductors

Schuman - American Festival Overture (Imre Palló conducting)

Dello Joio - Meditations on Ecclesiates (James DePreist conducting)

Richard Mills - Sequenza (Imre Palló conducting)

Britten - Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (James DePreist conducting)

Monday, October 25, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Jeffrey Kahane, Conductor

Kodaly - Dances of Galanta

Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453

Brahms - Symphony No. 1

Thursday, November 18, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

James DePreist, Conductor

Barber - Symphony No. 1

Martinů - Oboe Concerto

Beethoven - Symphony No. 6

Monday, November 22, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Nicholas McGegan, Conductor

Handel - Organ Concerto Op. 4, No. 1 in G Minor

Haydn - Symphony No. 100, "Military"

Elgar - Wand of Youth Suite, No. 1, Op. 1a

Britten - Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Monday, December 6, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Xian Zhang, Conductor

Webern - Passacaglia, Op. 1

Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K. 364

Schuman/Mahler - Symphony No. 4

December 13, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor

Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3

Ravel - Daphnis et Chloe (complete)

Friday, January 28, 2011, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

FOCUS! 2011 Concert

Jeffrey Milarsky, Conductor

All-Lutoslawski program

Overture for Strings

Cello Concerto

Partita for Violin

Symphony No. 4

Friday, February 18, 2011, 8 PM, Carnegie Hall

John Adams, Conductor

Strauss - Don Juan, Op. 20

Bartók - Dance Suite

Adams - City Noir

Friday, March 25, 2011, 8 PM, Avery Fisher Hall

James DePreist, Conductor

Berg - Violin Concerto

Mahler - Symphony No. 5

Friday, April 1, 2011, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Jeffrey Milarsky, Conductor

Music of Juilliard student composers

Friday, April 15, 2011, 8 PM, Avery Fisher Hall

Alan Gilbert, Conductor

Mahler - Symphony No. 9

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 (8 PM), Friday, April 29, 2011 (8 PM), Sunday, May 1, 2011 (2 PM), Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Juilliard Opera

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Conductor

Ravel - L'heure Espagnole

Puccini - Gianni Schicchi

Thursday, May 19, 2011, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Commencement Concert

James DePreist, Conductor

Brahms - Violin Concerto

Saint-Saens - Symphony No. 3, "Organ"



FREE tickets are required for Orchestra concerts in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater and
Alice Tully Hall and are available two weeks prior to performances. For more information, call the Juilliard Box Office at (212) 769-7406 or visit the Web site at www.juilliard.edu.


Tickets for the Avery Fisher Hall concert are $30 (orchestra level) and $15 (2nd tier level) and are available at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, through CenterCharge, (212) 721-6500, or purchased online at www.lincolncenter.org, approximately five weeks prior to each performance. FREE tickets for students and seniors are available at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office; TDF is accepted.


Tickets for Carnegie Hall concerts are $30 (parquet, 1st and 2nd tiers) and $15 (dress circle and balcony) and available through the Carnegie Hall Box Office, CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org. Half-price tickets for students and seniors are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.




Juilliard Orchestra concerts will take place at the following venues:


Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Enter at 155 West 65th Street.


Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway and 65th Street


Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway and 65th Street


Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and 7th Avenue