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British Conductor Nicholas McGegan Leads the Juilliard Orchestra in Works by Britten, Ibert, and Elgar on Juilliard Orchestra Season Opener on Saturday, September 28 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Sharp Theater

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McGegan Returns to Juilliard for a Historical Performance Master Class on Wednesday, October 30 at 5 PM in Paul Hall and Conducts Juilliard415 in Rarely-Performed Music by Bohemian Composers on Monday, November 4 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall

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Monday, September 23, 2013

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Nicholas McGegan (Photo by Randy Beach)
Nicholas McGegan (Photo by Randy Beach)
Daniel James (Photo by Harrison Linsey)
Daniel James (Photo by Harrison Linsey)

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Juilliard Orchestra’s 2013-2014 season opens on Saturday, September 28 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater with British conductor Nicholas McGegan, music director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, in a program featuring Britten’s An American Overture celebrating the Britten centenary; Ibert’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 37 with Juilliard flutist Daniel James; and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Op. 36.

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s September 28th concert are $20 and available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or online at www.juilliard.edu/fallorch. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available at the Juilliard Box Office only. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/fallorch.

Benjamin Britten’s An American Overture was composed in response to a request by conductor Artur Rodziński of the Cleveland Orchestra for an orchestral showpiece. The work, which was probably composed in 1941 when Britten was living in the States, went unperformed, and was lost for more than three decades. The score was discovered in New York shortly before Britten’s death in 1976. It received its first performance in 1983 in England.

French composer Jacques Ibert composed his Flute Concerto in 1932-33, and the work was premiered in Paris by renowned flutist, Marcel Moyse, in February 1934. The concerto, one of the most technically difficult flute concertos, is a major cornerstone of the early 20th century flute concerto repertoire. Juilliard flutist Daniel James is soloist.

Edward Elgar composed the Enigma Variations in the spring of 1899 and had its premiere on June 19 of that year in London at Saint James’ Hall, conducted by Hans Richter. Elgar described the genesis of the work: “Commenced in a spirit of humour and continued in deep seriousness.” Elgar presented two mysteries: the identity of the “friends pictured within” and something darker, at which he hinted in his program note. Each friend was identified by initials or a nickname, which solved the first mystery. As for the other mystery, Elgar wrote: “The enigma I will not explain – its ‘dark saying’ must be left unguessed, and I warn you that the apparent connection between the Variations and the Theme is often of the slightest texture; further, through and over the whole set another and larger theme ‘goes,’ but is not played – so the principal Theme never appears…”.

A regular guest at Juilliard, Nicholas McGegan leads a Juilliard Historical Performance public master class on Wednesday, October 30 at 5 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall, and he returns on Monday, November 4 for an 8 PM Alice Tully Hall concert presented by Juilliard Historical Performance entitled, “Dresden and Berlin: Celebrating Two Courts,” featuring rarely-performed music by Bohemia composers with Juilliard415, Juilliard Historical Performance’s period-instrument ensemble (Juilliard Historical Performance 2013- 2014 Season).

About Nicholas McGegan

As he embarks on his fourth decade on the podium, Nicholas McGegan, hailed as “one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation” (London Independent), is increasingly recognized for his probing and revelatory explorations of music of all periods. He has been music director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for 27 years, and was artistic director of the International Handel Festival Göttingen for 20 years (1991–2011). Beginning in the 2013-14 season he becomes principal guest conductor of the Pasadena Symphony.

His approach to period style — intelligent, infused with joy, and never dogmatic — has led to appearances with major orchestras: including the New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong philharmonics; the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Toronto and Sydney symphonies; the Cleveland and the Philadelphia orchestras; and the Northern Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, where his programs often mingle Baroque with later works. He is also at home in opera houses having conducted companies including Covent Garden, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Washington

English-born Nicholas McGegan was educated at Cambridge and Oxford. He was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) “for services to music overseas.” Other awards include the Halle Handel Prize; the Order of Merit of the State of Lower Saxony (Germany); the Medal of Honour of the City of Göttingen, and a declaration of Nicholas McGegan Day by the Mayor of San Francisco in recognition of his work with Philharmonia Baroque.

His extensive discography includes five recent releases on Philharmonia Baroque’s label, Philharmonia Baroque Productions (PBP), including Brahms Serenades; Berlioz Les Nuits d’été and Handel arias with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; Haydn Symphonies nos. 88, 101, and 104 (nominated for a GRAMMY® Award); Vivaldi The Four Seasons and other concerti with violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock; and Handel’s Atalanta featuring soprano Dominique Labelle.

For more information on Nicholas McGegan, visit: http://www.nicholasmcgegan.com.

About Daniel James

Flutist Daniel James has performed from his native Waterford, Wisconsin to Venice, Italy. Beginning his musical studies at the age of eleven, he proceeded to study at Interlochen Arts Academy, Mannes College of Music, the Conservatorio of Bologna, and at The Juilliard School, where he received his bachelor of music and is finishing his master of music degree as a student of Carol Wincenc. As an orchestral musician he has performed with such conductors as Alan Gilbert, James Levine, Claudio Abbado, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Riccardo Muti. New Music plays a strong role in Mr. James’ musical activity at Juilliard where he is a longtime member of the New Juilliard Ensemble, AXIOM and has performed pieces by Boulez, Carter, Crumb and Ferneyhough as part of various chamber music concerts at Juilliard. An avid lover of opera, Mr. James was a member of the orchestra at Teatro La Fenice in Venice and has been a member on the staffs of the Santa Fe Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

 

Program Listing:

Saturday, September 28, 8 PM, Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Juilliard Orchestra

Daniel James, flute

BRITTEN An American Overture

IBERT Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 37 (soloist to be announced September 21)

ELGAR Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s September 28th concert are $20 and available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or online at www.juilliard.edu/fallorch. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available at the Juilliard Box Office only. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/fallorch.

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