Conductor James DePreist leads the Juilliard Orchestra in Barber's Symphony No. 1; Martinů's Oboe Concerto (soloist to be announced October 21); and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral" in a free concert on Thursday, November 18 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall.
Tickets for this FREE Alice Tully Hall concert will be available beginning November 4 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.
Samuel Barber composed his Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, Op. 9 during the winter of 1935-36 in Rome while he was living there as recipient of the American Prix de Rome. The work had its premiere at the Adriano Theater in Rome with the Augusteo Orchestra conducted by Bernardino Molinari. Barber revised the score in 1942, and the new version was introduced by the New York Philharmonic with conductor Bruno Walter on April 16, 1942.
Bohuslav Martinů completed his Oboe Concerto in 1955. The work was composed for Jiří Tancibudek, oboist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, who emigrated to Australia in 1950 and premiered the work in Sydney and also played it in Europe. František Hanták premiered the concerto in Czechoslovakia in 1960.
Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral" was written during the fall of 1807 and spring of 1080 and overlapped with the Fifth Symphony. They were published within weeks of one another and premiered together, the only time Beethoven premiered two symphonies together. The date of the premiere was December 22, 1808 at the Theater an der Wien. The work, in five movements, captures Beethoven's love of nature and his walks in the countryside outside of Vienna. The Juilliard Manuscript Collection contains early additions of Beethoven's symphonies. These are housed at Juilliard and available online at www.juilliardmanuscriptcollection.org.
James DePreist is director of conducting and orchestral Studies at Juilliard and the newly-named artistic advisor to the Pasadena Symphony and Pops. He is laureate music director of the Oregon Symphony and served as permanent conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra from 2005 until 2008.
As a guest conductor, Mr. DePreist has appeared with every major North American orchestra, and internationally, he has conducted in Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Manchester, Melbourne, Munich, Prague, Rome, Rotterdam, Seoul, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Vienna. He made his London debut with the London Symphony at the Barbican Centre in April 2005.
Mr. DePreist returned to the Aspen Music Festival in August. In addition to Aspen, he appears regularly with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Music Center, and the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
With more than 50 recordings to his credit, Mr. DePreist has a substantial discography. His varied recorded repertoire includes a celebrated Shostakovich series with the Helsinki Philharmonic and 15 recordings with the Oregon Symphony which have helped establish that orchestra as first rank.
Mr. DePreist has been awarded 13 honorary doctorates and is the author of two books of poetry. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and is a recipient of the Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland, the Medal of the City of Québec and is an Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit of Monaco. In 2005, James DePreist was presented with the Presidential National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence.