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Yannick Nezet-Seguin Conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in Prokofiev and Ravel with Guest Artists, The Dessoff Choirs, on Monday, December 13 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall

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French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, recently named as The Philadelphia Orchestra’s new music director, leads the Juilliard Orchestra for the first time in a free concert on Monday, December 13 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program includes Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (soloist to be announced November 17); and Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloe with a 60-voice choir from The Dessoff Choirs, prepared by their music director, Christopher Shepard.

FREE tickets will be available beginning November 29 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. 

Prokofiev started work on his Piano Concerto No. 3 in 1913, but did not complete the work until 1921. The composer gave the first performance of the concerto on December 16, 1921 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Stock.

Ravel began work on Daphnis et Chloe in 1909 on a commission from Sergei Diaghilev and completed the work in 1912. Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes gave the premiere of the ballet at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on June 8, 1912.

 At age 35, Yannick Nézet-Séguin is one of the fastest-rising international stars in classical music. In 2008, he was appointed music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montréal) since March 2000. In June 2010, he was appointed to his post at The Philadelphia Orchestra, to begin in September 2012.

A native of Montreal, his initial studies at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in Montréal (five prizes with great distinction) were followed by master classes with renowned conductors, notably the great Italian maestro Carlo Maria Giulini. He has worked with most of the major orchestras across Canada.

Mr. Nézet-Séguin also has appeared with a wide range of orchestras in Europe. In May 2009, he made his debut with the Netherlands Opera conducting Janacek’s Makropoulus Case; during Spring 2010, he returned for Puccini’s Turandot; another production is scheduled for 2011-2012. Recently, he made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut, conducting a new production of Carmen starring Roberto Alagna and Elina Garanca; he returns this month for a new production of Verdi’s Don Carlo. Debuts for La Scala, Milan and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, will take place in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, respectively.

About The Dessoff Choirs 

Tracing its roots back to 1924, when Margarete Dessoff and Angela Diller founded the Adesdi Chorus of women’s voices and, soon after, a mixed chorus called the A Cappella Singers of New York, The Dessoff Choirs continues to make its home in New York City. An independent chorus not affiliated with any religious or community group, Dessoff has established a reputation for pioneering performances of choral works from the Renaissance era through the 21st century. The ‘s’ in Choirs connotes the group’s various ensembles, ranging from the large Symphonic Choir that appears with major orchestras, to the smaller Chamber Choir featured on more intimate works.  In May 2010, Dessoff named its newest music director, Christopher Shepard.

About Christopher Shepard

In recent years, Christopher Shepard has been closely associated with the choral music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He founded the Sydneian Bach Choir and Orchestra in Sydney, Australia, and was the music director of BACH 2010, a project to perform all of Bach’s choral cantatas. Under his direction, the ensemble performed over 75 cantatas, as well as the two Passions, the B Minor Mass, and the Christmas Oratorio. In addition to Bach, Mr. Shepard has conducted many staples of the choral-orchestral repertoire, and he has commissioned and premiered a number of new choral works in both Australia and the United States. In 2009, he was appointed as music director of the Worcester Chorus in Worcester, Massachusetts, America’s third-oldest community choir. Mr. Shepard holds degrees from the Hartt School and Yale School of Music, where he studied choral conducting with Marguerite Brooks. He currently is completing his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Sydney, researching the performance history of Bach’s B-Minor Mass in 20th-century America.

FOR LISTINGS:

December 13, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor

The Dessoff Choirs, Christopher Shepard (Music Director)

Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 3

Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe (complete)             

FREE tickets will be available beginning November 29 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.