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Monica Huggett Leads Juilliard415 in a Program of 17th-Century Italian Music on Thursday, April 21 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall

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Monica Huggett, Baroque violinist and artistic director of Juilliard’s Historical Performance program, leads Juilliard415, the School’s period-instrument ensemble, in a program of 17th-century Italian music, known as stylus fantasticus, on Thursday, April 21 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Giovanni Gabrieli’s Canzona XIV a 10; Adam Jarzębski’s Norimberga – Concert a 3; Giovanni B. Buonamente’s Sonata Prima a Quattro Violini; Francesco Cavalli’s Sonata a 6, from Musiche sacre (1656); Claudio Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda; Giovanni Gabrieli’s Canzona VIII a 8; Antonio Bertali’s Sonata a 6 violini from Kromereriz MS 63-A561; Carlo Farina’s Capriccio stravagante (Ander Theil, 1627); Dario Castello’s Sonata Decima Quarta from Sonate concertante in stil moderno; and Gabrieli’s Canzona XVI a 12.

FREE tickets will be available beginning April 7 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). 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.

Monica Huggett (violin) leads the ensemble, which features: Liv Heym, Abigail Karr, Nurit Pacht, and Beth Wenstrom, (violin), Tatiana Chulochnikova, Tatiana Daubek, Kyle Miller, Adriane Post, and Hannah Ross (viola); Leonhard Bartussek and Beiliang Zhu (cello); Andrew Arceci (gamba/violone); Nathan Helgeson (dulcian); Douglas Balliet (lirone); and Fernando Aguado, Jeff Grossman (organ). Joining Juilliard415 in the Monteverdi work will be singers from the School’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, soprano Lauren Snouffer and baritones Timothy J. McDevitt and David Williams. Grant Herreid (chitarrone) is a guest artist for this concert.

About Monica Huggett, Artistic Director of Juilliard’s Historical Performance Program

Monica Huggett (violin, artistic director of Historical Performance at Juilliard) is world-renowned for her expressive and impassioned performances. She currently is artistic director of the Portland (Oregon) Baroque Orchestra and the Irish Baroque Orchestra based in Dublin. Ms. Huggett became artistic director of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program on July 1, 2008.

During the past four decades, she has co-founded, with Ton Koopman, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra; founded her own London-based ensemble, Sonnerie; worked with Christopher Hogwood at the Academy of Ancient Music, and with Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert; and toured the United States in concert with James Galway. Ms. Huggett has served as guest director of the Arion Baroque Orchestra, Montreal; Tafelmusik, Toronto; the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco; the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra; Orquestra Barroca de Sevilla; and Concerto Copenhagen. She also performs frequently as a solo violinist all over the world.

Education of young performers is important to Ms. Huggett, who has given master classes in Banff, Dartington, Vicenza, Dublin, The Hague, and Medellín; and has been professor of Baroque violin at the Hochschule für Künste, Bremen. Ms. Huggett holds an honorary fellowship in the Royal Academy of Music. Her expertise in the musical and social history of the Baroque Era is unparalleled among performing musicians. This huge body of knowledge and understanding, coupled with her unique interpretation of Baroque music, has made her an invaluable resource to students of the Baroque violin.

Ms. Huggett and Historical Performance faculty member Gonzalo Ruiz were nominated in 2009 for a Grammy award for their recording with Ensemble Sonnerie of J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suites (Avie label). Among Ms. Huggett’s prizes are Gramophone magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award, 1997, for J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin; the Vantaa Baroque Energy Prize (Finland), 2005; and Gramophone’s Best Instrumental Recording Award for Heinrich Biber’s Violin Sonatas, 2002. Ms. Huggett’s discography numbers in the hundreds and is on various labels – EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Philips Virgin, Erato, and Decca. She currently is working on reviving some of these recordings, which now are out of print.

Born in London, Ms. Huggett began her violin studies at age six and entered the Royal Academy of Music in London at age sixteen, where she was a student of Manoug Parikian. It was there that she discovered her affinity for Baroque violin and the performance of period music.

About Juilliard’s Historical Performance Program

Juilliard’s Historical Performance program enters its second year and welcomed 11 new students this fall to the program, bringing the total number of students enrolled in the program to 24. The program is open to master of music degree and graduate diploma candidates and offers comprehensive study focusing on music from the High Baroque through the Early Classical eras. The performance-oriented curriculum fosters an informed, vital understanding of the many issues unique to period instrument performance with the level of technical excellence and musical integrity for which Juilliard is renowned. Joint projects and collaborations with the School’s Dance and Drama Divisions and Vocal Arts program, and with modern instrument students outside of the Historical Performance program, will be encouraged.

The master of music degree program requires a two-year residency; the graduate diploma program with a major in Historical Performance is a two-year, non-degree course of study. Along with weekly lessons and frequent performances, the curriculum also includes core classes covering a broad range of issues related directly to performance, including style and interpretation, historical and cultural contexts, analytical methods and treatises, historical dance, improvisation, continuo improvisation/figured bass reading, and ornamentation.

Guest residencies are an important part of the Historical Performance program’s annual schedule, as are master classes with experts from around the world.

For further information on the Historical Performance program, contact Juilliard’s Admissions Office at (212) 799-5000, ext. 223 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Juilliard Historical Performance

2010-2011 Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 21, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard415

Monica Huggett, Conductor

Juilliard Historical Performance Presents an Evening of 17th-Century Italian Music

Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzona XIV a 10

Adam Jarzębski: Norimberga – Concerto a 3

Giovanni B. Buonamente: Sonata Prima a Quattro Violini

Francesco Cavalli: Sonata a 6, from Musiche sacre (1656)

Claudio Monteverdi: Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda

Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzona VIII a 8

Antonio Bertali: Sonata a 6 violini from Kromereiz MS 63-A561

Carlo Farina: Capriccio stravagante (Ander Theil, 1627)

Dario Castello: Sonata Decima Quarta, from Sonate concertante in stil moderno

Gabrieli: Canzona XVI a 12

FREE tickets will be available beginning April 7 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu

Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 8 PM

Juilliard415

Maasaki Suzuki, Conductor

Yale Schola Cantorum (Yale Institute of Sacred Music)

Robert Mealy, Leader

J.S. Bach – St. Matthew Passion

Friday, May 6, 8 PM - Performance in New Haven at Woolsey Hall

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Saturday, May 7, 8 PM – Performance at the Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Avenue at 85th Street

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