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Juilliard "Back to School Night," Wednesday, October 6 at 6 PM to Benefit the Juilliard Scholarship Fund Along with Online Auction of Private 'Behind-the-Scenes' Celebrity Dates with Juilliard Faculty and Alumni

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The Juilliard School by Michael DiDonna
The Juilliard School by Michael DiDonna

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Juilliard patrons have the opportunity to attend Juilliard's unusual Back to School Night taking place Wednesday, October 6 at 6 PM on the stages and in classrooms of the famed conservatory of dance, drama, and music. The one-night-only event is a benefit for the Juilliard Scholarship Fund, www.juilliard.edu/scholarships and offers a large roster of classes in each discipline. Participants also can opt for group or private lessons on more than two dozen instruments as well as voice (complete list at end of release).

Learn about elements of dance technique with Juilliard Artistic Director Larry Rhodes; acting with Richard Feldman, Voice with Kate Wilson, or acting for opera with Eve Shapiro. Saxophonist Ron Blake, talks about his other job in the Saturday Night Live orchestra, and Frank Kimbrough teaches jazz pianists what they need to know about working with the rhythm section. Corradina Caporello, the Maestra of Italian diction for singers, explains it all for you, as does Kathryn LaBouff in English, to name few. Classes take place in Juilliard's newly renovated and visually stunning main building. For a complete list and order form, see http://www.juilliard.edu/files/PDFs/backToSchoolNight.pdf.

In addition, Juilliard is sponsoring a corresponding Online Auction Lessons of a Lifetime (running until October 15) www.biddingforgood.com/JuilliardAuction of private, behind-the-scenes' celebrity dates with VIP alumni and faculty of the school that has shaped modern performing arts worldwide. Included are tickets and a backstage visit with alumna Laura Linney, an audition workshop with alumnus Marvin Hamlisch, and two offers by alumni who now are on faculty -- Emanuel Ax offers a piano lesson, and Itzhak Perlman takes you to a lunch of Peking Duck.

Date: October 6, 2010

Time: 6:00 PM Guests arrive and are escorted to their lesson locations

6:30 - 8:30 PM Lessons take place, and certificates of achievement presented; Cocktails and hors d'ouevres are served

Additional event information, contact Vanessa Wise, (212) 799-5000, ext. 278

The Juilliard School established this country's standard for education in the performing arts, beginning with music in 1905. In 1951, its Dance Division was established, with combined training in contemporary and ballet technique. Juilliard became part of Lincoln Center in 1968, and added a four-year drama program. A residence hall - the School's first - was completed in 1990, and in 2001, Juilliard broke new ground with the addition of its jazz program; a graduate program in Historical Performance began in Fall 2009, the same year that Juilliard inaugurated its partnership with the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Juilliard's second century of excellence began by expanding it's world-famous headquarters with 39,000 square-feet of state-of-the art performance and rehearsal facilities, classrooms, and studios. Currently more than 800 young artists from 44 states (plus Washington, D.C.) and 46 foreign countries attend Juilliard; most need scholarship assistance in order to attend. 9 our of 10 current students receive substantial financial assistance from Juilliard and other programs.

For more information, visit Juilliard's Web site at www.juilliard.edu.