Conductor James DePreist Leads the Juilliard Orchestra in Only Carnegie Hall Concert of the Season on Monday, December 5 at 8 PM; Program Includes Works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and George Tsontakis

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Monday, October 24, 2011

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James DePreist by Richard Termine
James DePreist by Richard Termine


Juilliard’s Principal Conductor James DePreist leads the Juilliard Orchestra in their only Carnegie Hall concert of the season onMonday, December 5 at 8 PM. The program features Juilliard alumnus George Tsontakis’ Perpetual Angelus; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish” (soloist to be announced on November 9); and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.” Mr. DePreist conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in two other concerts this season - on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 8 PM and on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 8 PM, both in Alice Tully Hall.

Tickets at $30 (parquet, 1st and 2nd tiers) and $15 (dress circle and balcony) will be available on October 31 at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or online at www.carnegiehall.org.

American composer George Tsontakis, a native of NYC, received his doctoral degree from Juilliard, where he studied composition with Roger Sessions and conducting with Jorge Mester. He has been composer-in-residence at the Aspen Music Festival since 1976, and from 1991, he has directed the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. In 2006, Mr. Tsontakis was named recipient of the Charles Ives Living, an award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He received the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for his Violin Concerto No. 2, which was written for violinist Steven Copes and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and premiered in 2003.  Mr. Tsontakis received a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award for Perpetual Angelus, the work that the Juilliard Orchestra will be performing on this concert. He has been a faculty member at Bard College since 2003.

About James DePreist

Widely esteemed as one of America's finest conductors, James DePreist is Principal Conductor of the Juilliard Orchestra and Laureate Music Director of the Oregon Symphony. He was recently named Artistic Advisor to the Pasadena Symphony and Pops. He served as Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra from 2005 until 2008.

This season, Mr. DePreist appeared with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra on September 17. He conducts the Peabody Symphony at the Peabody Conservatory on April 21 and the Pasadena Symphony on April 28. He also serves on the jury of the Malko Competition for conductors in Denmark. As a guest conductor, Mr. DePreist has appeared with every major North American orchestra, and internationally he has conducted in Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Manchester, Melbourne, Munich, Prague, Rome, Rotterdam, Seoul, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Vienna. He made his London debut with the London Symphony at the Barbican in April 2005.

James DePreist appears regularly at the Aspen Music Festival, with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Music Center, and the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center and 
Carnegie Hall.

With more than 50 recordings to his credit, James DePreist has a substantial presence in the recording arena. His varied recorded repertoire includes a celebrated Shostakovich series with the Helsinki Philharmonic and 15 recordings with the Oregon Symphony which have helped establish that orchestra as one of America's finest.

James DePreist has been awarded 13 honorary doctorates and is the author of two books of poetry. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and is a recipient of the Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland, the Medal of the City of Québec and is an Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit of Monaco. In 2005 the President of the United States presented James DePreist with the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence. He is the nephew of the legendary contralto Marian Anderson. 


Monday, December 5, 2011, 8 PM, Carnegie Hall

James DePreist, conductor

George Tsontakis – Perpetual Angelus

Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish”

Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”

Tickets at $30 (parquet, 1st and 2nd tiers) and $15 (dress circle and balcony) will be available on October 31 at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or online at www.carnegiehall.org.