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The Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard’s conductorless ensemble, performs Stravinsky’s Concerto in D (“Basel Concerto”); Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra with Juilliard clarinetist Liam Burke and Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 in D Major, Prague (K. 504) on Monday, November 21 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall.
Free tickets will be available beginning November 7 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM – 6 PM. For further information, please call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.
Stravinsky’s Concerto in D (“Basel Concerto”) was commissioned by philanthropist and Swiss conductor Paul Sacher, who founded the Basel Chamber Orchestra in 1926. He commissioned Stravinsky to write a work for the 20th anniversary of the ensemble. Paul Sacher conducted the premiere of the work in Basel on January 27, 1947.
Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra was commissioned by Benny Goodman, who was interested in pieces for non-jazz ensembles that he could perform as a classical clarinetist. The work was premiered in November 1950 on a broadcast by the NBC Symphony with Benny Goodman as the soloist and Fritz Reiner conducting.
Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 in D Major (Prague) appears to have had its premiere on January 19, 1787 with the composer conducting. Mozart was invited to visit Prague by several citizens of the community after his opera, Le nozze di Figaro, was enthusiastically received there in December 1786. Mozart and his wife traveled to Prague in the beginning of 1787 and brought the D-Major symphony as a gift. The work is in three movements: Adagio-Allegro; Andante; and Finale.
Juilliard clarinetist Liam Burke is in his last year of the accelerated bachelor and master of music degree program at Juilliard, where he studies with Jon Manasse. In spring 2011, he was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music, an honor conferred upon only two students that year. He was selected to perform the Nielsen Concerto at the Aspen Music Festival and School as the winner of the 2010 Winds and Harp Concerto Competition. Other solo appearances include performances with the Colorado College Summer Music Festival and the Senior Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Burke has been invited to perform with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Stamford Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the New York String Orchestra. In 2010, Mr. Burke performed as guest principal clarinetist with the Philharmonie der Nationen on their three-week international tour of Germany and the United States. An enthusiastic member of the new music community, Mr. Burke was invited to play E-flat clarinet in John Adams’ Chamber Symphony at the Kennedy Center with Mr. Adams conducting.
Juilliard Chamber Orchestra
Liam Burke, clarinetist
Monday, November 21, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
Stravinsky – Concerto in D (“Basel Concerto”)
Copland – Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra
Mozart – Symphony No. 38 in D Major, Prague (K. 504)
FREE tickets will be available beginning November 7 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM – 6 PM. For further information, please call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.