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FOCUS! 2013 Festival Presents "The British Renaissance: British Music Since World War II"; Festival Opens Friday, January 25 and Runs Through Friday, February 1

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Six Free Concerts, Opening on Friday, January 25 with the New Juilliard Ensemble, Directed by Joel Sachs, with Chamber and Solo Concerts from January 28 to January 31, and a Closing Concert with Conductor Mark Wigglesworth and the Juilliard Orchestra on Friday, February 1

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Monday, January 21, 2013

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Conductor Joel Sachs and the New Juilliard Ensemble
Conductor Joel Sachs and the New Juilliard Ensemble
Mark Wigglesworth
Mark Wigglesworth

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FOCUS! 2013, Juilliard’s 29th annual mid-winter festival of ‘new’ music, presents The British Renaissance: British Music Since World War II with six free concerts from Friday, January 25 through Friday, February 1, 2013. The festival celebrates the flowering of composition in the United Kingdom since World War II. The opening concert on Friday, January 25 features the New Juilliard Ensemble, conducted by Joel Sachs, in music by Jonathan Harvey, Alexander Goehr, Helen Grime, John Woolrich, and Colin Matthews. From January 28 to January 31, there will be chamber and solo concerts, and the January 29 program will include a pre-concert panel discussion. Conductor Mark Wigglesworth leads the Juilliard Orchestra in works by Michael Tippett, Oliver Knussen, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Benjamin Britten (celebrating the composer’s centenary) on the closing night on Friday, February 1.

 

FREE tickets to all concerts will be available beginning January 11 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. 

 

The festival opens on Friday, January 25 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall with the New Juilliard Ensemble, led by Joel Sachs performing Jonathan Harvey’s Sringāra Chaconne (2008, first performance outside of Europe); Alexander Goehr’s …a musical offering (J.S.B. 1985) (1985); Helen Grime’s Clarinet Concerto (2009, New York premiere) with Juilliard clarinetist Bryan Conger; John Woolrich’s Envoi (1997, first performance outside of Europe) with violist Meredith Treaster; and Colin Matthews’ No Man’s Land for tenor, baritone, chamber orchestra, and recorded sound (with text by Christopher Reid) (2011, first performance outside of Europe). Soloists in Mr. Matthews’ work will be tenor Kyle Bielfield and baritone John Brancy. 

 

The program on Monday, January 28 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall features chamber music and includes Richard Rodney Bennett’s Kandinsky Variations for two pianos (1977)*; Brian Ferneyhough’s Cassandra’s Dream Song for flute (1970); George Benjamin’s Viola Viola for two violas (1997); Deirdre Gribbin’s What the Whaleship Saw for string quartet (2004, first performance outside Europe); Judith Weir’s Piano Trio Two (2003-4); and Peter Maxwell Davies’ Sonata for Cello and Piano, “Sequentia serpentigena” (2007)*.

 

A pre-concert panel discussion opens the program on Tuesday, January 29 at 7 PM in Paul Hall. Joel Sachs moderates a discussion on British music today with composers Michael Zev Gordon, Deirdre Gribbin, and Errollyn Wallen, and choral conductor and agent for composers, David Wordsworth. The concert program features Harrison Birtwistle’s Crowd for harp (2005)*; Simon Bainbridge’s Clarinet Quintet (1993, first performance outside Europe); John Tavener’s Epistle of Love for voice and piano (2000)*; Cornelius Cardew’s Volo Solo for a virtuoso (1965)*; Michael Zev Gordon’s Fragments from a Diary (2005, U.S. premiere); and Errollyn Wallen’s The Girl in My Alphabet for 2 pianos, 8 hands (1990, New York premiere). 

 

The program on Wednesday, January 30 at 8 PM in Paul Hall includes Thomas Adès’ Mazurkas, for piano (2009); Nicholas Maw’s String Quartet No. 3 (1994)*; Thea Musgrave’s Narcissus for flute and digital delay (1987); Martin Suckling’s Lieder ohne Worte (2010); and James MacMillan’s Gaudeamus in loci pace for organ (2008).

 

Chamber music is also featured on Thursday, January 31 at 8 PM in Paul Hall with Juilliard musicians performing Tansy Davies’ Loopholes and Lynchpins for piano (2002-3)*; Richard Causton’s Seven States of Rain for violin and piano (2002); John McCabe’s excerpts from Gladestry Quatrains for soprano and piano with text by Jo Shapcott (2005)*; Julian Anderson’s Prayer for solo viola (2009)*; David Matthews’ Eight Duos for Two Violins (1999)*; three pieces for piano – Romeo & Juliet Are Drowning (1967/73), Sometimes I… (1990), There Never Was Such Hard Times Before (1991) by Michael Finnissy; and Diana Burrell’s Arched Form with Bells for organ (1990). 

FOCUS! 2013 concludes on Friday, February 1 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall with British conductor Mark Wigglesworth leading the Juilliard Orchestra in Michael Tippett’s Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage (1947/52); Oliver Knussen’s Horn Concerto (1994, New York premiere) with Juilliard hornist Trevor Nuckols; Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Ceres (2005, New York premiere); and a special performance celebrating the composer’s centenary, Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20(1940).  

 

*PLEASE NOTE: These starred works are thought to be having U.S. or American premieres, but the status cannot be confirmed because the scores are sold and publishers have no way to know when performances have taken place. When music is rented – as for the New Juilliard Ensemble and the Juilliard Orchestra – records of performances exist.

 

About the Artists

 

Joel Sachs, founder and director of the New Juilliard Ensemble, performs a vast range of traditional and contemporary music as conductor and pianist. As co-director of the internationally-acclaimed new music ensemble Continuum, Dr. Sachs has appeared in hundreds of performances in New York, nationally, and throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has also conducted orchestras and ensembles in Austria, Brazil, China, El Salvador, Germany, Iceland, Mexico, Switzerland, and Ukraine, and has held new music residencies in Berlin, Shanghai, London, Salzburg, Curitiba (Brazil), Helsinki, and the Banff Centre (Canadian Rockies).

One of the most active presenters of new music in New York, Joel Sachs founded the New Juilliard Ensemble in 1993. He produces and directs The Juilliard School’s annual FOCUS! festival, has been artistic director of Juilliard’s concerts at New York’s Museum of Modern Art since 1993, and was also a co-director of the former Sonic Boom Festival of contemporary music - a project of a consortium of New York City’s most prestigious new music ensembles.

A member of Juilliard's music history faculty, Joel Sachs has written a biography of the American composer Henry Cowell, which was published by Oxford University Press in June 2012. Dr. Sachs appears on radio as a commentator on recent music. He has been a regular delegate to Netherlands Music Days and other international music conferences.

A graduate of Harvard, Dr. Sachs received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He was given Columbia University’s Alice M. Ditson Award for his service to American music. In 2011, he was made an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard University for his work in support of new music, and received medals from the Warsaw Autumn Festival and the Ministry of Culture for his service to Polish music.

Born in Sussex, England, Mark Wigglesworth studied music at Manchester University and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. A few weeks after leaving the Academy, he won the Kondrashin International Conducting Competition in The Netherlands and since then has worked with many of the world's leading orchestras and opera companies. Mr. Wigglesworth was appointed Associate Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1992 and further appointments included Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Highlights of his time with the BBCNOW included several visits to the BBC Proms, a performance of Mahler's Tenth Symphony at the prestigious Amsterdam Mahler Festival in 1995 and a six-part television series for the BBC entitled Everything To Play For.

In addition to concerts with most of the UK orchestras, Mark Wigglesworth has guest conducted many of Europe's finest ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, La Scala Filarmonica in Milan, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Helsinki Radio Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

Equally busy in North America, Mr. Wigglesworth has worked with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and the Boston Symphony. He regularly visits the Minnesota Orchestra and has an ongoing relationship with the New World Symphony.

Mark Wigglesworth has a huge commitment to making music with young musicians. Passionate about passing on his experiences to a younger generation, he has performed with the Dutch National Youth Orchestra on several occasions as well as with the European Union Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, and has given conducting master classes in London, Stockholm and Amsterdam.

Equally at home in the opera house, Mark Wigglesworth started his operatic career as Music Director of Opera Factory in London. Since then he has worked regularly at Glyndebourne (Peter Grimes, La bohème, Le nozze di Figaro), the Welsh National Opera (Elektra, The Rake's Progress, Tristan und Isolde) and the English National Opera (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Così fan tutte, Falstaff, Katya Kabanova, Parsifal). He has also conducted productions at the Netherlands Opera (Peter Grimes); La Monnaie (Mitridate, Wozzeck, Pelléas et Mélisande); The Sydney Opera House (Peter Grimes); New York's Metropolitan Opera (Le nozze di Figaro); the Bavarian State Opera (Così fan tutte and Mitridate); and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg).

In the recording studio, Mr. Wigglesworth's recent activities have been centered around a multi-year project of recording all of the symphonies of Shostakovich for BIS Records. Recently completed, this cycle has received critical acclaim throughout the world. He has also recorded live performances of Mahler's Sixth and Tenth Symphonies with the Melbourne Symphony on the MSO Live label. In January 2013, he records the Brahms piano concertos with Stephen Hough and the Salzburg Mozarteum for Hyperion.

Highlights of Mark Wigglesworth's 2012-13 season include return visits to the Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati and Detroit symphonies, and his debut with the Vancouver Symphony; as well as re-engagements with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Tokyo Symphony, and performances of Così fan tutte with the Welsh National Opera.

Trevor Nuckols, from San Antonio, Texas, is an undergraduate at Juilliard where he studies French horn with Julie Landsman. In 2012, he won first prize in the International Horn Society’s Premiere Soloist Competition, the Barry Tuckwell Award, and is the first recipient of the Jerome Ashby Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Nuckols has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and the Sarasota Orchestra. He has participated in the Sarasota Music Festival, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Music Academy of the West, and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.

Violist Meredith Treaster grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was first inspired to pursue a career in music at age nine during a lesson at Juilliard with Dorothy DeLay.  At age sixteen, she performed Brahms Piano Quintet at Carnegie Hall with pianist HaeSun Paik. She has been a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival for the past three summers, substituted in New World Symphony, and has served as principal violist of numerous orchestras including Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at New England Conservatory. Ms. Treaster is a student of Masao Kawasaki with a Leader Frank Charitable Foundation Scholarship.

Tenor Kyle Bielfield, a native of Miami, Florida, is a second-year master of music student at Juilliard, studying with Edith Bers. During his time at the School, he has received the J.W Drye Jr. Memorial Scholarship, the Juilliard Alumni Scholarship, the David Clayson Scholarship for Voice, and the Cecille Weber Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Bielfield was also a Vocal Merit Scholar at New York University from 2006-2009. Recent performances include the roles of Brighella in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with the Tel Aviv International Vocal Arts Institute, Yale Freshman in Center City Opera’s production of Spear’s Paul’s Case, Narcissus in All Wounds Bleed with American Lyric Theatre, and Dorvil in La scala di seta with Juilliard Opera. Mr. Bielfield has made several appearances in Alice Tully Hall, including the 2012 Juilliard Vocal Honors Recital, and Songfest with Brian Zeger. He also participated in the 2012 New York Festival of Song at Juilliard, and NYFOS Next, a collaborative new music project for new composers of art song. Mr. Bielfield is currently working on his debut art song album in collaboration with Delos Music.

John Brancy, baritone, made his professional opera debut with the Dresden Semperoper in their 2012-13 season, singing the role of Fiorello in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with MidAmerica Productions as the baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. He has given recitals in Europe and North America and has appeared frequently in concert with the New York Festival of Song and the Caramoor Festival. He was the winner of the 2010 Juilliard School Honors Recital Competition, followed by his Alice Tully Hall debut the following school year. Mr. Brancy is also a winner of the 2012 Sullivan Foundation Award.

 

FOCUS! FESTIVAL 2013

THE BRITISH RENAISSANCE: BRITISH MUSIC SINCE WORLD WAR II

 

Friday, January 25, 2013, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

New Juilliard Ensemble

Joel Sachs, founding director and conductor

Meredith Treaster, violist, soloist in John Woolrich’s Envoi

Bryan Conger, clarinet, soloist in Helen Grime's Clarinet Concerto

Kyle Bielfield, tenor, soloist in Colin Matthews’ No Man’s Land

John Brancy, baritone, soloist in Colin Matthews’ No Man’s Land

 

JONATHAN HARVEY Sringāra Chaconne (2008, first performance outside Europe)

ALEXANDER GOEHR …a musical offering (J.S.B. 1985) (1985)

HELEN GRIME Clarinet Concerto (2009, New York premiere)

JOHN WOOLRICH Envoi (1997, first performance outside Europe)

COLIN MATTHEWS No Man’s Land for tenor, baritone, chamber orchestra, and recorded sound (text by Christopher Reid) (2011, first performance outside Europe)

 

Monday, January 28, 2013, 8 PM, Paul Hall at Juilliard

RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT Kandinsky Variations, for two pianos (1971)*

BRIAN FERNEYHOUGH Cassandra’s Dream Song, for solo flute (1970)

GEORGE BENJAMIN Viola Viola, for two violas (1997)

DEIRDRE GRIBBIN What the Whaleship Saw, for string quartet (2004, first performance outside Europe)

JUDITH WEIR Piano Trio Two (2003-4)

PETER MAXWELL DAVIES Sonata for Cello and Piano, “Sequentia serpentigena” (2007)*

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 8 PM, Paul Hall at Juilliard

HARRISON BIRTWISTLE Crowd, for harp (2005)*

SIMON BAINBRIDGE Clarinet Quintet (1993, first performance outside Europe)

JOHN TAVENER Epistle of Love, for voice and piano (2000)*

CORNELIUS CARDEW Volo Solo, for a virtuoso (1965)*

MICHAEL ZEV GORDON Fragments from a Diary, for violin, clarinet, and piano (2005, U.S. premiere)

ERROLLYN WALLEN The Girl in My Alphabet, for 2 pianos, 8 hands (1990, New York premiere)

 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 8 PM, Paul Hall at Juilliard

THOMAS ADÈS Mazurkas, for piano (2009)

NICHOLAS MAW String Quartet No. 3 (1994)*

THEA MUSGRAVE Narcissus, for flute and digital delay (1987)

MARTIN SUCKLING Lieder ohne Worte (2010)

JAMES MACMILLAN Gaudeamus in loci pace, for organ (2008)

 

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 8 PM, Paul Hall at Juilliard

TANSY DAVIES Loopholes and Lynchpins, for piano (2002-3)*

RICHARD CAUSTON Seven States of Rain, for violin and piano (2002, New York premiere)

JOHN McCABE Excerpts from Gladestry Quatrains (with text by Jo Shapcott) (2005)*

JULIAN ANDERSON Prayer, for solo viola (2009)

DAVID MATTHEWS Eight Duos for Two Violins (1999)*

MICHAEL FINNISSY Three piano pieces: Romeo & Juliet Are Drowning (1967/73); Sometimes I … (1990/1997), world premiere of revised version); There Never Was Such Hard Times Before (1991)

DIANA BURRELL Arched Form with Bells for organ (1990)*

 

Friday, February 1, 2013, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard Orchestra

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

Trevor Nuckols, French horn

 

MICHAEL TIPPETT Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage (1947/1952)

OLIVER KNUSSEN Horn Concerto in one movement (1994, New York premiere)

MARK-ANTHONY TURNAGE Ceres (2005, New York premiere)

BENJAMIN BRITTEN Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 (1940)

 

*PLEASE NOTE: These starred works are thought to be having U.S. or American premieres, but the status cannot be confirmed because the scores are sold and publishers have no way to know when performances have taken place. When music is rented – as for the New Juilliard Ensemble and the Juilliard Orchestra – records of performances exist.

 

TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:

FREE tickets to all concerts will be available beginning January 11 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.