Conductor James Gaffigan will replace Jeffrey Kahane, who has had to cancel due to illness, for the Monday, October 25 Juilliard Orchestra concert in Alice Tully Hall. The program remains the same for the FREE concert and includes Kodály's Dances of Galánta; Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453 with Juilliard pianist EunAe Lee; and Brahms' Symphony No. 1. Mr. Gaffigan was recently appointed chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Both positions begin next summer 2011.
Mr. Kahane's manager has issued a statement: "It is with great regret that Jeffrey Kahane must withdraw from the October 25 concert with the Juilliard Orchestra. Mr. Kahane was diagnosed with mononucleosis in early July and ordered by his doctors not to work or travel throughout the summer. Upon further medical consultation, his doctors have advised him that he is not sufficiently recovered to resume his scheduled performance activities, but there is every expectation that he should be soon."
Very limited FREE tickets to this concert will be available beginning October 11 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.
In the United States, James Gaffigan has guest conducted the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras, the Chicago, Toronto, St. Louis, Detroit, Houston, National, Dallas, Seattle, New World and Baltimore symphonies and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, among many others. During the 2010-11 season, he returns to the Cincinnati and Indianapolis symphonies and debuts with the orchestras of Vancouver and Milwaukee.
Mr. Gaffigan's international career was launched when he was named a first prize winner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, Germany. This season, he returns to conduct the Munich and Rotterdam Philharmonics, the Leipzig and Stuttgart Radio Orchestras and make debuts with the Dresden Staatskappelle, Sydney Symphony, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
He made his professional opera debut at the Zurich Opera in June 2005 conducting La bohème. He leads performances of Marriage of Figaro at the Houston Grand Opera in spring 2011 and makes his debut at the Vienna State Opera later that year conducting La bohème.
Mr. Gaffigan was born in New York City in 1979 and studied at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Juilliard's Pre-College Division. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and holds a master of music in conducting from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, where he worked with Larry Rachleff. In the summer of 2000, he was one of eight young conductors chosen by David Zinman to participate as an Academy Conductor in the inaugural year of the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen. Two years later, he received the Academy's first Robert Harth Conducting Award and the following summer, he was selected as one of two conducting fellows to study at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Mr. Gaffigan recently completed a three-year tenure as associate conductor with the San Francisco Symphony, where he assisted Michael Tilson Thomas, led subscription concerts and was artistic director of the Orchestra's Summer in the City festival. Prior to that appointment, he was the assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra where he worked under Music Director Franz Welser-Moest from 2003 through 2006.
Juilliard pianist EunAe Lee currently is enrolled in Juilliard's prestigious five-year accelerated bachelor and master of music degree program, studying with Martin Canin. She received her bachelor of music degree in 2009. Ms. Lee arrived at Juilliard's Pre-College Division in 2004 with an already-impressive list of prizes and awards from her native Korea. She made her solo debut at age 14 performing Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Bong Kim. Ms. Lee graduated from the Yewon Arts School and entered the Seoul Arts High School with highest honors. She graduated from Juilliard's Pre-College Division as the winner of the Karlfied Normann Scholarship Competition. She has been a participant and performing associate at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Ms. Lee also has performed in Mannes College's Beethoven Institute. Performance highlights include solo and chamber appearances in Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Merkin Hall, Flushing Town Hall and Mannes Concert Hall.
FOR CALENDAR LISTINGS:
Monday, October 25, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
James Gaffigan, Conductor
EunAn Lee, Piano
Kodály - Dances of Galánta
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453
Brahms - Symphony No. 1
Very limited FREE tickets to this concert will be available beginning October 11 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.