The Juilliard School announces its 2012-2013 orchestra season featuring distinguished guest conductors who are making their first appearances with the Juilliard Orchestra - Semyon Bychkov, Stephen Lord, and Mark Wigglesworth. Conductors returning to lead the Juilliard Orchestra include: Marin Alsop, James Gaffigan, Anne Manson, Leonard Slatkin, and Jaap van Zweden, and Juilliard faculty members Alan Gilbert, James DePreist, Jeffrey Milarsky, and George Stelluto. Juilliard faculty member and alumnus, violinist Itzhak Perlman, conducts the Juilliard Orchestra for the first time in concert on Tuesday, December 4 at 8 PM in Avery Fisher Hall in a program featuring Mozart, Beethoven, and Berlioz.
The Juilliard Orchestra performs in more than a dozen concerts and operas each season, most of which are FREE or heavily discounted. (Concerts in Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall have a nominal ticket prices, as do the operas, and most are discounted or free for students and senior citizens. For box office and ticket information, see the end of this press release.)
The Juilliard Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season opens on Wednesday, October 24 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall with Russian-born conductor Semyon Bychkov, who is newly-appointed to the Gunther Wand Conducting Chair of the BBC Symphony, and is making his debut with the Juilliard Orchestra. The program features two works by favorite composers of Mr. Bychkov – Rachmaninoff, and his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; and Brahms, who will be represented by his Symphony No. 4. Completing the program is Dutilleux’s Métaboles. Semyon Bychkov appears by kind permission of the Metropolitan Opera.
Since leaving St. Petersburg in the mid 1970s, Semyon Bychkov has been a guest on podiums of the world’s finest orchestras. In addition to his appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra, Mr. Bychkov conducts Otello at the Met Opera beginning in October 2012. With his time balanced between operatic and symphonic repertoire, Mr. Bychkov enjoys long and fruitful relationships with the orchestras and major opera houses in London, Paris, Vienna, Milan, Berlin, Chicago, and New York. His trademark breadth of vision, clarity of interpretation, and rich beauty of sound, is captured in a series of award-winning CDs and DVDs recorded during his tenure as chief conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln. Winner of BBC Music Magazine’s Record of the Year 2010, his recording of Wagner’s Lohengrin was committed to disc following staged performances at the Vienna Staatsoper and concert performances in Cologne. In February 2011, he was appointed as Otto Klemperer Chair of Conducting Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and just last week was named to the Gunther Wand Conducting Chair of the BBC Symphony, where he has conducted many highly-praised performances.
On Thursday, November 1 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard faculty member Jeffrey Milarsky conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celeste and Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten and his Symphony No. 4, Los Angeles, which had its premiere in 2009 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Jeffrey Milarsky is a leading conductor of contemporary music in New York City and a member of Juilliard’s conducting department. He has been the music director of AXIOM since 2005. Known for innovative programming and a wide-ranging repertoire from Bach to Xenakis, he has premiered and recorded works worldwide by contemporary composers, and led such groups as the San Francisco Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, MET Chamber Ensemble, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New World Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic chamber music series. In the United States and abroad, Mr. Milarsky has premiered and recorded works by groundbreaking contemporary composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Fred Lerdahl, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Gerard Grisey, Jonathan Dawe, Tristan Murail, Ralph Shapey, Luigi Nono, Mario Davidovsky and Wolfgang Rihm.
The Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard Opera are co-presenters of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, on Wednesday, November 14 (8 PM); Saturday, November 17 (2 PM); and Monday, November 19 (8 PM). Alan Gilbert conducts the singers and the Juilliard Orchestra. (For additional details, see the full press release at www.juilliard.edu/newsroom)
Alan Gilbert became director of conducting and orchestral studies at Juilliard in September 2011. He also holds the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies at the School. Mr. Gilbert began his tenure as music director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2009. In the 2011-12 New York Philharmonic season, Mr. Gilbert conducted world premieres, three Mahler symphonies, was in residence at London’s Barbican Centre, toured Europe and California, and conducted a season-concluding musical exploration of space that featured Stockhausen’s theatrical immersion, Gruppen at the Park Avenue Armory. He also made his New York Philharmonic debut as soloist when he joined Frank Peter Zimmermann in J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins. Mr. Gilbert is conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and regularly conducts leading orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in November 2008 leading John Adams’ Doctor Atomic.
Juilliard alumnus, Jaap van Zweden, music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, leads the Juilliard Orchestra in a program featuring Shostakovich’s Festive Overture in A Major, Op. 96; Britten’s Violin Concerto; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on Friday, November 16 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall.
Amsterdam-born and Juilliard-trained conductor Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in little more than a decade to become one of today’s most sought-after conductors. Music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, he also is honorary chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Radio Chamber Orchestras (having been chief conductor and artistic director from 2005-2011). He is music director designate of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, taking up that post in September 2012 for an initial contract of four years. Mr. Zweden was appointed the youngest concertmaster ever of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at age nineteen, and began his conducting career in 1995, becoming chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (1996-2000), chief conductor of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague (2000-2005), and chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (2008-2011). He was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year, in recognition of his critically-acclaimed work as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as a guest conductor with the most prestigious U.S. orchestras.
As part of the Juilliard Orchestra season, its conductorless ensemble, the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, performs a program on Tuesday, November 20 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall, with a program of Bartók’s Divertimento for Strings; Dvorák’s Serenade, Op. 44; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1.
Juilliard faculty member and alumnus, violinist Itzhak Perlman, conducts the Juilliard Orchestra for the first time on Tuesday, December 4 at 8 PM in Avery Fisher Hall. The program features Mozart’s Overture to Abduction from the Seraglio; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”; and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Mr. Perlman has worked previously with the Juilliard Orchestra, as in the 1999 recording for EMI entitled Concertos From My Childhood, with Lawrence Foster conducting.
In addition to his many orchestral and recital appearances throughout the world, Juilliard faculty member and alumnus, violinist Itzhak Perlman, performs as conductor with leading orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Montreal, Atlanta, and Toronto, as well as at the Ravinia and OK Mozart festivals. Internationally, he has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.
Members of the Juilliard Orchestra also will perform when Juilliard Opera presents Britten’s one-act Curlew River, on Sunday, December 9 at 2 PM; Tuesday, December 11 at 8 PM; and Thursday, December 13 at 8 PM, in Juilliard’s Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater. Curlew River is paired with the one-act Riders to the Sea, with Adam Nielsen providing the piano score. John Giampietro conducts both.
James DePreist, Juilliard’s principal conductor, leads the Orchestra in his first of two concerts this season in Alice Tully Hall on Thursday, December 13 at 8 PM. (Program to be announced.)
James DePreist is principal conductor of the Juilliard Orchestra and artistic advisor to the Pasadena Symphony and Pops. He is laureate music director of the Oregon Symphony and served as permanent conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra from 2005 until 2008. 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, Malmö, Manchester, Melbourne, Montreal, Munich, Prague, Quebec, Rome, Rotterdam, Seoul, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Vienna.
Mr. DePreist made his London debut with the London Symphony at the Barbican Centre in April 2005. He has appeared 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, Mr. DePreist has a substantial discography. In 2005, James DePreist was presented with the Presidential National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence. He has been awarded 15 honorary doctorates.
The Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by British conductor Mark Wigglesworth, closes Juilliard’s FOCUS! 2013 festival, The British Renaissance, which features British music since World War II with a tribute to the centenary of Benjamin Britten. The program on Friday, February 1 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall includes Michael Tippett’s Ritual Dances from Midsummer Marriage;Oliver Knussen’s Horn Concerto; Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Ceres; and Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem. Chamber music selections for this week-long festival will be announced later in the year.
Born in Sussex, England, Mark Wigglesworth studied music at Manchester University and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. While still a student, he formed the Premiere Ensemble, an orchestra committed to playing a new piece in every program. 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 leading orchestras and opera companies of the world. In 1992, he became associate conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and further appointments included principal guest conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and music director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW). Mr. Wigglesworth made return visits in 2011-2012 to the Minnesota Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony, the Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, as well as performances of Mitridate and Così fan tutte with the Bavarian State Opera. Mr. Wigglesworth is currently recording all the symphonies of Shostakovich.
Juilliard celebrates composer and composition faculty member John Corigliano’s 75th birthday with an all-Corigliano program on Saturday, February 9 at 8 PM at Carnegie Hall, conducted by alumna Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The program features the composer’s 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning Symphony No. 2 (2000) for string orchestra and Symphony No. 3 (2004) for large wind ensemble, Circus Maximus. Symphony No. 3, composed in 2004, was commissioned by the School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin for the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry F. Junkin, director of bands.
Marin Alsop is music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; her tenure was extended to 2015. She takes up the post of chief conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2012 season, after making guest appearances, and taking them this month to the BBC Proms concerts at Royal Albert Hall. As chief conductor, she will steer the orchestra in its artistic and creative programming, recording ventures, and its education and outreach activities. This mirrors her ongoing success in the United Kingdom, where she was principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony from 2002-2008 and is now conductor emeritus. Ms. Alsop also continues her association as conductor laureate of the Colorado Symphony following 12 years as music director, and since 1992, has been music director of California’s Cabrillo Festival which has won the coveted ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music every single year since her appointment.
The first artist to win both Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor Award in the same season, Ms. Alsop was named to a MacArthur Fellowship (the first conductor to receive this prestigious American honor) and won the Classical Brit Award for Best Female Artist that year. She has also received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s BBC Radio 3 Listeners Award and a European Women of Achievement Award, and in the fall of 2008 was inducted as a fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a regular guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ms. Alsop is also one of the few conductors to appear every season with both the London Symphony and the London Philharmonic.
Conductor Stephen Lord, music director of Opera Theatre of St. Louis and of the New England Conservatory, leads Juilliard Opera and the Juilliard Orchestra in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, directed by James Robinson, on Wednesday, February 13 and Friday, February 15 at 8 PM, and Sunday, February 17 at 2 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
Stephen Lord has been chosen by Opera News as one of the “25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera” (one of four conductors), and is continually praised for conducting both traditional and contemporary operatic works. He is currently music director for Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Mr. Lord was recently named artistic director of opera studies at New England Conservatory, overseeing all aspects of the opera training program and conducting one main stage production a year. In the 2011-2012 season, Mr. Lord returned to English National Opera to conduct its production of Tosca, and in 2012-2013, he returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago to conduct Don Pasquale and L’elisir d’amore. He teaches master classes at various institutions including Yale University, The Blossom Festival, the Hartt School of Music, and Westminster Choir College, and he serves as an adjudicator in vocal competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, Opera America’s George London/Sullivan Grants, and the Richard Tucker Foundation.
Juilliard’s annual concert featuring world-premiere works by student composers takes place on Monday, February 25 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Jeffrey Milarsky conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in these works that will be announced later in the season.
The Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by George Stelluto, performs Elgar’s Serenade and his Elegy for Strings on Juilliard Dances Repertory on Wednesday, April 3 – Saturday, April 6 at 8 PM and Sunday, April 7 at 3 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
James DePreist leads the Juilliard Orchestra in the second of his two concerts this season on Thursday, April 4 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. (Program to be announced.)
James Gaffigan, chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, returns to conduct the Juilliard Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 on Saturday, April 20 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. Mahler composed the 4th Symphony in 1899-1901. The 55-minute work, in four movements, is one of the most frequently performed of Mahler’s symphonies.
Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention and is considered by many to be one of the most outstanding young American conductors working today. In January 2010, he was appointed chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Both positions began in summer 2011. In the United States, Mr. Gaffigan has guest conducted the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis, Vancouver, seattle, and New World symphonies, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others. Mr. Gaffigan’s international career was launched when he was named a first prize winner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, Germany. A graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, he earned his master of music in conducting from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, where he worked with Larry Rachleff.
Anne Manson returns to Juilliard to conduct singers from Juilliard Opera and the Juilliard Orchestra in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Emma Griffin, on Sunday, April 28 (2 PM), Tuesday, April 30 (8 PM), and Thursday, May 2 (8 PM) in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Last season at Juilliard, Ms. Manson led the critically-acclaimed U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera Kommilitonen!, a co-commission by Juilliard and the Royal Academy of Music.
Anne Manson is music director of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, with whom she has led two hugely successful tours with soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. She made her debut with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall last season, and she works regularly with the Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain. Ms. Manson has had successful appearances at Juilliard conducting the Orchestra in FOCUS! Festival concerts in 2004 and 2006 and in Orpheus in the Underworld in November 2006, a Juilliard Orchestra concert in October 2007, Ned Rorem’s Our Town in April 2008, and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites in April 2010. Last season, she had two recording projects with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra – one of the music of Philip Glass, and the other with soloist Evelyn Glennie.
Juilliard alumnus, Leonard Slatkin, music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and of the Orchestre National de Lyon in France, conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in R. Strauss’s Don Quixote and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 on Saturday, May 4 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall.
Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. August of 2011 marked the start of his tenure as music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, France. In addition, Mr. Slatkin continues to serve as principal guest conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008. Mr. Slatkin also served as music director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. He has enjoyed return appearances with the Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, L’Orchestre National de Lyon, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orquestra Nacional de España (Madrid), and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona. He is consistently re-engaged with many leading North American ensembles, including the St. Louis Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. His more than 100 recordings have been recognized with seven Grammy Awards and 64 nominations. Mr. Slatkin is founder and director of the National Conducting Institute, an advanced career development program for rising conductors.
The Juilliard Orchestra season concludes with its traditional commencement concert on Thursday, May 23 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. (Conductor and program to be announced.) Juilliard’s 108th Commencement Ceremony takes place on the following day, on Friday, May 24, 2013.
About the Juilliard Orchestra
Known for its versatility and the freshness of its performances, the Juilliard Orchestra performs frequently in its own New York City series each season, and is a strong partner to Juilliard’s operatic and dance performances. Among the Juilliard Orchestra’s highlights in the 2011-2012 season was their participation in the November 2011 Western Hemisphere Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera, Kommilitonen!, a tale of youthful rebellions throughout the 20th century. Co-commissioned by Juilliard with the Royal Academy of Music (whose world premiere performance took place the previous spring), the opera was a remarkable success on both sides of the Atlantic, garnering attention for its young performers and its topic – an interesting reflection of our times. Anne Manson conducted Juilliard’s highly praised premiere.
The Juilliard Orchestra once again joined the Royal Academy of Music this summer 2012, when composer/conductor John Adams returned to Juilliard to conduct a combined orchestra from the two schools in his City Noir at Avery Fisher Hall, as part of the Lincoln Center Summer Festival. Pianist Imogen Cooper joined them as soloist for a performance of the Ravel Concerto in G, in a program that opened with Respighi’s Feste romane. They performed the same program on the BBC Proms on Monday, July 16, 2012 in the Royal Albert Hall in London.
During the 2011-2012 season, Juilliard welcomed several guest conductors leading the Juilliard Orchestra for the first time: David Afkham, Jeffrey Kahane, Jayce Ogren, and Matthias Pintscher, plus returning guest conductor Emmanuel Villaume. Juilliard’s new director of orchestral and conducting studies, Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, conducted the Juilliard Orchestra in an Avery Fisher Hall concert.
Highlights of the 2010-2011 season included the collaboration with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Orchestra in a joint concert with conductors James DePreist and Imre Palló. The Juilliard Orchestra closed the FOCUS! 2011 Festival, Polish Modern, with an all-Lutoslawski program led by Jeffrey Milarsky. Composer/conductor John Adams led the Juilliard Orchestra in their only Carnegie Hall appearance in a program that featured his work, City Noir. (Mr. Adams was also Juilliard’s commencement speaker and was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from the School.) Young Canadian conductor and the new music director for The Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, led a program of works by Prokofiev and Ravel. Maestro James Levine led the Juilliard Orchestra with singers from Juilliard and from the Met’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program in a co-production with the Met Opera of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride.
In 2009-2010, the Juilliard Orchestra partnered with Carnegie Hall on Ancient Paths, Modern Voices, a festival celebrating Chinese culture. The Juilliard Orchestra also performed the world premieres of Chen Qigang’s Er Huang and Augusta Read Thomas’ Jubilee and opened the FOCUS! 2010 festival, Music at the Center: Composing an American Mainstream, featuring works by American composers from the end of World War II to 1970. In 2008, the Juilliard Orchestra toured China with concerts led by conductor Xian Zhang with stops in Beijing, Suzhou, and Shanghai right before the Beijing Olympics. Among the season’s highlights were performances led by guest conductors Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Tan Dun, Leonard Slatkin, and Alan Gilbert.
During Juilliard’s 2005-2006 centennial season, the Juilliard Orchestra traveled to six European cities—Aldeburgh, Berlin, Helsinki, Leicester, London, and Lucerne, including their first appearance at the BBC Proms concert, in a combined ensemble with orchestra members from the Royal Academy of Music. Sir Colin Davis conducted the orchestras in a performance of works by Copland, Vaughan Williams, and Berlioz. Later that season, the Juilliard Orchestra toured the United States, performing in six major symphony halls—Chicago’s Symphony Center, Dallas’s Meyerson, Irvine’s Barclay, Los Angeles’s Disney, San Diego’s Copley, and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. James DePreist and James Conlon conducted tour performances. Other guest conductors that season included John Adams,Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pierre Boulez, Tan Dun, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Anne Manson, Nicholas McGegan, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Xian Zhang.
TICKET AND BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:
FREE tickets are required for Juilliard Orchestra concerts in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Alice Tully Hall and will be available two weeks prior to performances. For more information, call the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard at (212) 769-7406 or visit the Web site at www.juilliard.edu.
Tickets for the Avery Fisher Hall concert are $30 (orchestra level) and $15 (2nd tier level) and will be available at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, through CenterCharge, (212) 721-6500, or purchased online at www.lincolncenter.org, approximately five weeks prior to each performance. FREE tickets for students and seniors are available at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office; TDF is accepted.
Tickets for the Carnegie Hall concert are $30 (parquet, 1st and 2nd tiers) and $15 (dress circle and balcony) and will be available through the Carnegie Hall Box Office, CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org. Half-price tickets for students and seniors are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.