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Juilliard Announces Its New Music Concerts for 2010-2011 Season Featuring the New Juilliard Ensemble, AXIOM, and Juilliard's Percussion Ensemble

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Juilliard announces its new music concerts for the 2010-2011 season featuring the New Juilliard Ensemble led by founder and director Joel Sachs, AXIOM conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Milarsky, and Juilliard's Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Daniel Druckman. Juilliard's FOCUS! 2011 festival, taking place from January 20 - 28, 2011, surveys the world of Polish music since World War II.

The New Juilliard Ensemble, now in its 18th season and led by founder and director Joel Sachs, presents three concerts in the new season. On Saturday, September 25 at 8 PM in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, the NJE performs the U.S. premieres of Salvatore Sciarrino's L'Archeologia del Telefono, Philip Cashian's Skein (2005), and Poul Ruders' Kafkapriccio (2007-8); Harold Meltzer's Virginal (2002); and the New York premiere of Elliott Schwartz's Chamber Concerto No. 3: Another View (2007-8) in honor of the composer's 75th birthday year. On Friday, November 12 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall, the NJE performs the world premiere of a new work by Juilliard alumnus Niccolo Athens and the world premiere of Juilliard D.M.A. composer Edward Goldman's Enzheii (2010); the U.S. premieres of Ye Xiaogang's Zhangzhuoyong (2010) and Luca Lombardi's Lucrezio, Part II (2002); and Keeril Makan's Dream Lightly. The season concludes with The New Japan, presented by Juilliard in collaboration with Carnegie Hall's Japan/NYC festival, on Friday, April 8 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features music of the Japanese avant-garde after World War II and includes works by Toshi Ichiyanagi, Toshio Hosokawa, Somei Satoh, and Karen Tanaka. The April 8 concert is part of Carnegie Hall's Japan/NYC festival, which explores the incredible diversity of Japanese arts and cultures in more than 40 performances and events at Carnegie Hall and other NYC partner venues.

AXIOM, conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Milarsky, presents three concerts this season at Juilliard and three thematically-matched concerts at (Le) Poisson Rouge, located in downtown Manhattan. On Monday, October 11 at 8 PM in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, AXIOM presents Magnus Lindberg in Context. The program features Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Xenakis' Okho; and Lindberg's Joy. On Thursday, December 9 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall, AXIOM presents Juilliard Performs Reich, celebrating the music of Juilliard alumnus Steve Reich. The program includes Reich's Triple Quartet and his Music for 18 Musicians. The 3-concert series concludes with Jeffrey Milarsky conducting AXIOM in a concert on Thursday, February 24 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall, presented as part of a new Lincoln Center festival in Spring 2011. (Details will be announced at a later date by Lincoln Center.)

AXIOM's dates and programs at (Le) Poisson Rouge will be announced in September. (Le) Poisson Rouge is located at 158 Bleecker Street in downtown Manhattan. Tickets are $15 and available online at http://lepoissonrouge.inticketing.com/events. For further information, call (212) 228-4854.

Juilliard's FOCUS! 2011 festival surveys the lively world of Polish music since World War II: Polish composers were in the forefront of the post-war European avant-garde. While composers such as Lutoslawski and Penderecki are probably best known from this period, the festival will look at other musical pioneers from that time, as well as some of the more conservative composers. The festival opens on Thursday, January 20 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall with concerts taking place during the week on Monday, January 24 through Thursday, January 27 in Paul Hall and concludes Friday, January 28. Joel Sachs conducts the New Juilliard Ensemble on the opening night concert in a program featuring Grazynza Bacewicz's Contradizione (1966); Henryk Gorecki's Genesis II (1962); Wojciech Kilar's Choralvorspiel (1988); and Zygmunt Krauze's Terra incognita (1994). The closing concert on Friday, January 28 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall features the Juilliard Orchestra with conductor Jeffrey Milarsky in an all-Lutoslawski program: Overture for Strings; Cello Concerto; Partita for Violin; and Symphony No. 4.

Juilliard's Percussion Ensemble, directed by Daniel Druckman, presents Ceremony and Ritual on Tuesday, March 29 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall featuring works by Tōru Takemitsu, Maki Ishii, Akira Nishimura, Hiroya Miura, and Jo Kondo. The concert, presented by Juilliard, is part of Carnegie Hall's Japan/NYC Festival.

FREE tickets to these events will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, two weeks prior to performances. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

The New Juilliard Ensemble (NJE), led by founding director Joel Sachs, celebrates the liveliness of today's music, focusing primarily on repertory of the last decade. Now in its 18th season, NJE presents music by a variety of international composers writing in the most diverse styles. Its members are current students at Juilliard, who are admitted to the ensemble by audition. Student interest in the ensemble's work is considerable, with more than 100 students participating each year, although the maximum size of compositions is normally 15-20 players. The Ensemble appears regularly at MoMA's Summergarden and has been a featured ensemble four times at the Lincoln Center Festival. New Juilliard Ensemble members joined members of the Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble with conductor Pierre Boulez for the 2008 FOCUS! festival, which celebrated composer Elliott Carter's 100th year. In January 2009, the New Juilliard Ensemble opened the FOCUS! festival, CALIFORNIA: A Century of New Music, which showcased West Coast composers. In Spring 2009, the New Juilliard Ensemble toured Japan; in December 2009, they performed aleatoric music at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with an exhibition of Persian and Turkish "divining" manuscripts. In January 2010, the New Juilliard Ensemble appeared in the FOCUS! festival, Music at the Center: Composing an American Mainstream.

NJE founder and director Joel Sachs performs a vast range of traditional and contemporary music as conductor and pianist and is co‑director of the internationally acclaimed new-music ensemble Continuum. Dr. Sachs has appeared in hundreds of performances in New York, nationally, and internationally. He also has conducted orchestras and ensembles in Austria, China, El Salvador, Germany, Iceland, Mexico, Switzerland, and Ukraine and has held new-music residencies in Berlin, London, Salzburg, Curitiba (Brazil), Helsinki, and the Banff Centre (Canadian Rockies). In June 2010, he was guest pianist and conductor at the festival Oferenda Musical (Musical Offering) in Sao Paulo, Brazil only two days after returning from a Continuum concert at the festival Beijing Modern. In October, he will conduct concerts in Calgary, Canada. His recordings appear on the Advance, CRI, Naxos, New Albion, Nonesuch, and TNC labels. A CD of music of the Americas with La Camerata de las Americas (Mexico City) was released by Dorian. Dr. Sachs also directs concerts by Juilliard students at MoMA's Summergarden. One of the most active presenters of new music in New York, Dr. Sachs founded the New Juilliard Ensemble in 1993. He produces and directs Juilliard's annual FOCUS! festival and has been artistic director of Juilliard's concerts at MoMA since 1993. A member of Juilliard's music history faculty, Dr. Sachs is completing a biography of the American composer Henry Cowell, to be published by Oxford University Press, and appears on radio as a commentator on recent music. He has been a regular delegate to Netherlands Music Days and other international music conferences.

AXIOM, one of Juilliard's newest performing ensembles, was founded by students in 2005. The chamber ensemble, under the leadership of Jeffrey Milarsky, is dedicated to performing the masterworks of the 21st-century repertoire. In the 2009-2010 season, AXIOM presented three concerts at Juilliard and a program of pieces for smaller ensemble performed at (Le) Poisson Rouge in downtown NYC. In 2009-2010, AXIOM performed works by Davidovsky, Ligeti, and Birtwistle in October; an all-John Adams program in December; and performed works by Finnish composers Magnus Lindberg and Kaija Saariaho in February. In the 2008-2009 season, AXIOM presented a tribute to Luciano Berio, a concert of Olivier Messiaen's music, and a concert of works by John Adams, Magnus Lindberg, and Steve Reich. AXIOM was selected to collaborate with the Juilliard Dance Division as part of their Spring Dances at Juilliard performances in March 2007 and 2008. Other highlights from 2008 included two April concerts with James Conlon at John Jay College that surveyed the parallel developments in music, inside and outside the circle of influence of the Third Reich. These two programs featured the music of Poulenc, Stravinsky, Martinů, Schreker, and Antheil. In December 2007, AXIOM was the featured ensemble for Miller Theatre's celebration of Elliott Carter's 99th birthday, performing the New York stage premiere of his opera, What Next?

Jeffrey Milarsky is a leading conductor of contemporary music in New York City and a member of Juilliard's conducting department. He has been the music director for AXIOM since its founding in 2005. Known for his innovative programming and wide-ranging repertoire from Bach to Xenakis, Mr. Milarsky has premiered and recorded works worldwide by contemporary composers, and led such accomplished groups as the American Composers Orchestra, MET Chamber Ensemble, the Milwaukee Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York New Music Ensemble, Manhattan Sinfonietta, Speculum Musicae, Cygnus Ensemble, Fromm Players at Harvard University, and the New York Philharmonic chamber music series. In the United States and abroad, Mr. Milarsky has premiered and recorded works by groundbreaking contemporary composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Fred Lerdahl, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Gerard Grisey, Jonathan Dawe, Tristan Murail, Ralph Shapey, Luigi Nono, Mario Davidovsky and Wolfgang Rihm. Mr. Milarsky made his debut at the New York City Opera during the 2008-2009 season.

Percussionist Daniel Druckman is active as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and recording artist, concertizing throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composer's Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic's Horizons concerts, the San Francisco Symphony's New and Unusual Music series, and in recital in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tokyo. Mr. Druckman has been a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1991, where he serves as associate principal percussion, and has made numerous guest appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the American Brass Quintet, the Group for Contemporary Music, Orpheus and Steve Reich and Musicians. An integral part of New York's new music community, both as soloist and as a member of the New York New Music Ensemble and Speculum Musicae, he has premiered works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Jacob Druckman, Aaron Jay Kernis, Oliver Knussen, Poul Ruders, Joseph Schwantner, Ralph Shapey and Charles Wuorinen, among many others. Mr. Druckman is a faculty member of Juilliard, where he serves as chair of the percussion department and director of Juilliard's Percussion Ensemble. Born and raised in New York City, he is the son of composer Jacob Druckman and had invaluable exposure to music and musicians at an early age. Mr. Druckman attended Juilliard, receiving both the bachelor's and master's degrees in music.

The Juilliard School

New Music Concerts 2010-2011

Calendar of Events

 

Saturday, September 25, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

New Juilliard Ensemble

Joel Sachs, conductor

Harold Meltzer (U.S.) - Virginal (2002)

Salvatore Sciarrino (Italy) - L'Archeologia del Telefono (U.S. premiere)

Elliott Schwartz (U.S.) - Chamber Concerto No. 3: Another View (2007-8) (In honor of the composer's 75th birthday) (New York premiere)

Philip Cashian (U.K.) - Skein (2005) (U.S. premiere)

Poul Ruders (Denmark) - Kafkapriccio (2007-8) (U.S. premiere)

Monday, October 11, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

AXIOM

Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor

Magnus Lindberg in Context

Stravinsky - Symphonies of Wind Instruments

Xenakis - Okho

Lindberg - Joy

Friday, November 12, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

New Juilliard Ensemble

Joel Sachs, conductor

Ye Xaogang  (China) - Zhangzhuoyong (2010) (U.S. premiere)

Keeril Makan (U.S.) - Dream Lightly

Niccolo Athens (U.S.) - new work (world premiere)

Edward Goldman (U.S.) - Enzheii (2010) (world premiere)

Luca Lombardi (Italy) - Lucrezio, Part II (2002)

Thursday, December 9, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

AXIOM

Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor

Juilliard Plays Reich

Reich - Triple Quartet

Reich - Music for 18 Musicians

Thursday, January 20, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

FOCUS! 2011 Opening Night - Surveying the World of Polish Music Since World War II

New Juilliard Ensemble

Joel Sachs, conductor

Grazynza Bacewicz - Contradizione (1966)

Henryk Gorecki - Genesis II (1962)

Wojciech Kilar - Choralvorspiel (1988)

Zygmunt Krauze - Terra incognita (1994)

Monday, January 24 - Thursday, January 27, 8 PM, Paul Hall

FOCUS! 2011 concerts

Friday, January 28, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

FOCUS! 2011 Closing Night

Jeffrey Milarsky conducts the Juilliard Orchestra

The Juilliard Orchestra caps off this year's FOCUS! festival with an entire concert devoted entirely to the works of Witold Lutoslawski

All-Lutoslawski Program:

Overture for Strings

Cello Concerto

Partita for Violin

Symphony No. 4

Thursday, February 24, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

AXIOM

Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor

This concert is part of a new Lincoln Center festival in Spring 2011. (Details will be announced at a later date by Lincoln Center.)

Tuesday, March 29, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard's Percussion Ensemble

Directed by Daniel Druckman

Ceremony and Ritual with music of Tōru Takemitsu, Maki Ishii, Akira Nishimura, Hiroya Miura, and
Jo Kondo

This concert is presented by Juilliard in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Japan/NYC festival.

Friday, April 8, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

The New Japan

New Juilliard Ensemble

Joel Sachs, conductor

This concert is presented by Juilliard in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Japan/NYC festival and features music of the Japanese avant-garde after World War II, including works by Toshi Ichiyanagi,

Toshio Hosokawa, Somei Satoh, Karen Tanaka and two other works (to be announced).

FREE tickets to these events will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard two weeks prior to performances. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

VENUES

Juilliard's Paul Hall

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Juilliard's Morse Hall

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Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater

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

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