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Conductor Larry Rachleff Leads the Juilliard Orchestra in Rachmaninoff''s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Dvorak's Symphony No. 7 on Thursday, December 12 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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Conductor Larry Rachleff, now in his 18th season as music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, returns to lead the Juilliard Orchestra on Thursday, December 12 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 (soloist to be announced November 20), and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70. Mr. Rachleff is director of orchestras and holds the Walter Kris Hubert Chair at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston. Recent and upcoming conducting engagements for Mr. Rachleff include the Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic.

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s December 12 concert at $20 are available online at www.juilliard.edu/fallorch, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 was composed between the fall of 1900 and April of 1901. Rachmaninoff performed the second and third movements on December 2, 1900, and the complete work was first performed on October 27, 1901 with the composer as soloist and his cousin, Alexander Siloti, as conductor. Rachmaninoff was only 28 years old when he composed the work.

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 was commissioned in 1884 by the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society in London. Dvořák began work on the score on December 13, 1884 and completed it on March 17, 1885. He conducted the first performance on April 22, 1885 at St. James’ Hall in London.

About Larry Rachleff

Eighteen seasons ago, Larry Rachleff became music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. He also serves as director of orchestras and holds the Walter Kris Hubert Chair at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston. During his career, he also served as music director of the San Antonio Symphony.

Mr. Rachleff is in demand as a guest conductor. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, and Toledo Symphony, among many others. Summer festival engagements include Tanglewood, Aspen, Interlochen, Chautauqua, Brevard Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. In 1993, he was selected as one of the four American conductors to lead the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under the mentorship of Pierre Boulez.

Larry Rachleff has conducted and presented master classes all over the world, including the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Zurich Hochschule, the Sydney and Queensland conservatories, Juilliard, New England Conservatory, and Royal Northern College in the U.K.

Mr. Rachleff is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education. He has conducted All-State Orchestras and festivals in virtually every state in the United States, as well as throughout Europe and Canada. He also served as principal conducting teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Conductors’ Guild, and the International Workshop for Conductors in the Czech Republic.

As a dedicated advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Rachleff has collaborated with leading composers, including Samuel Adler, Luciano Berio, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty, and John Harbison, among others.

About the Juilliard Orchestra

Known for its versatility and vitality, the Juilliard Orchestra performs to consistently good reviews and consistently full houses in almost a dozen New York City appearances each season, and as a strong partner to Juilliard’s operatic and dance performances. Led by a roster of esteemed guest conductors and distinguished faculty, the Juilliard Orchestra performs in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher halls, legendary Carnegie Hall, and the Peter Jay Sharp Theater within Juilliard’s own Lincoln Center location. Most orchestral evenings also feature a concerto performance by a Juilliard instrumentalist; major works for orchestra and voice are frequently programmed as well, and each season, one concert is dedicated to the performance of selected world premiere orchestral works submitted by Juilliard composers. The Juilliard Orchestra has toured across the United States, and to Europe, South America, and Asia, where they were the first Western conservatory ensemble allowed to visit and perform at the opening of the People's Republic of China in 1987, returning two decades later, in 2008.

Highlights from the past several seasons include: 2012-2013 – Alan Gilbert conducting the Met+Juilliard co-production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte; Juilliard faculty member, violinist Itzhak Perlman, leading the orchestra for the first time in Avery Fisher Hall; British conductor Mark Wigglesworth closing the 2013 FOCUS! festival, The British Renaissance, with works by Britten, Knussen, Tippett, and Turnage; alumna Marin Alsop leading a Carnegie Hall concert celebrating American composer and Juilliard faculty member John Corigliano’s 75th birthday; and Anne Manson leading critically-praised fully-staged performances of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Other guest conductors were Semyon Bychkov, James Gaffigan, Edward Gardner, Jeffrey Kahane, Stephen Lord, New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Case Scaglione, alumnus Leonard Slatkin, and Emmanuel Villaume, as well as Juilliard conductors Jeffrey Milarsky and George Stelluto.

2011-2012 – the November 2011 Western Hemisphere premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera, Kommilitonen!, a tale of 20th century youthful rebellions co-commissioned by Juilliard with the Royal Academy of Music, conducted by Anne Manson in a highly-praised series; Esa-Pekka Salonen, in his only New York appearance of the season leading works by Sibelius and Beethoven; two appearances by the Juilliard Orchestra with the Royal Academy of Music Orchestra at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York and the BBC Proms in London, performing John Adams’ City Noir, with the composer conducting; noted specialist Jane Glover leading a notable Met+Juilliard performance of Gluck’s Armide; several guest conductors leading the Juilliard Orchestra for the first time, including David Afkham, Jeffrey Kahane, Jayce Ogren, and Matthias Pintscher, plus returning conductors Emmanuel Villaume and Alan Gilbert, who soon after became Juilliard’s director of conducting and orchestral studies.

2010-2011 – Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading an outstanding program of Prokofiev and Ravel with the Juilliard Orchestra prior to becoming music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra; James Levine conducting the very first Met+Juilliard production, and leading the Juilliard Orchestra in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride; collaborating with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Orchestra in a joint concert led by James DePreist and Imre Palló.

2009-2010 – The Juilliard Orchestra joining Carnegie Hall’s Ancient Paths, Modern Voices festival celebrating Chinese culture, performing the world premieres of Chen Qigang’s Er Huang and Augusta Read Thomas’ Jubilee; performances led by guest conductors Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Tan Dun, Leonard Slatkin, Alan Gilbert, and Xian Zhang, who had recently led the orchestra on their return tour to China.

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PROGRAM LISTING:

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Larry Rachleff, conductor

Juilliard Orchestra

Piano soloist to be announced November 20.

 

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18

DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70

 

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s December 12 concert at $20 are available online at www.juilliard.edu/fallorch, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.