On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Juilliard’s distinguished alumni, conductors Alan Gilbert and Evan Rogister, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, soprano Susanna Phillips, violinist Charles Yang, and pianist Peter Dugan, help Juilliard celebrate its rich musical history with Dreams Come True, a benefit concert at 7 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, with dinner following in The Tent at Lincoln Center at Damrosch Park. They join the Juilliard Orchestra, the school’s early music ensemble Juilliard415, and Juilliard Pre-College pianist Tengku Irfan for an evening of music from Baroque to Broadway, including video introductions from illustrious Juilliard alumni and friends from around the world. The black tie dinner begins at 8:30 PM in The Tent at Lincoln Center at Damrosch Park; Alex Donner and His Orchestra will provide music.
Producer, choreographer, and philanthropist Teresa E. Lindsay chairs Juilliard’s bi-annual benefit with vice chairs Pierre T. Bastid, Kent A. Clark, Sanford B. Ehrenkranz, Barbara G. Fleischman, Joan W. Harris, Edward E. Johnson, Jr., J. Christopher Kojima, Vincent A. Mai, James S. Marcus, Leslie M. Nelson, Susan W. Rose, and Joan S. Steinberg
Pianist Emanuel Ax, conductors Alan Gilbert and Evan Rogister, sopranos Renée Fleming and Susanna Phillips, and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and conductor/composer John Williams are honorary alumni chairs.
Proceeds from the evening will help support Juilliard student scholarships; 90% of Juilliard’s talented actors, dancers, and musicians need such financial aid to attend.
To purchase benefit dinner tables beginning at $10,000 or individual tickets beginning at $1,000, please contact The Juilliard School’s Special Events Office at email@example.com or (212) 799-5000, ext. 329.
The program opens with New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28. Mr. Gilbert has been Juilliard’s director of conducting and orchestral studies since 2011. He is the first holder of Juilliard’s William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies, established in 2009.
Soprano Renée Fleming will introduce the singers: mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and soprano Susanna Phillips will sing solos and a duet with the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Evan Rogister. Ms. Leonard is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Richard Tucker Award from the Richard Tucker Foundation. She returns to the Met this season in the role Dorabella in Così fan tutte, conducted by James Levine, which will also be an HD broadcast in the spring of 2014. Ms. Phillips, recipient of the Met’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, will be returning to the Met for a sixth consecutive season, singing the roles of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Musetta in La bohème, a reprise of the role in which she made her house debut in 2008. She just appeared in a new production of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus as part of the Met’s New Year’s Eve Gala.
Evan Rogister, a dual citizen of the United States and Germany, is one of the most talked-about up-and-coming conductors on today’s classical musical scene. This season, he leads concerts with the Florida Orchestra, a gala concert for the North Carolina Symphony with violinist Hilary Hahn, and makes his debut at the Washington National Opera leading performances of Jake Heggie’s new opera, Moby Dick.
Early music specialist and conductor William Christie will be on hand to introduce Juilliard’s Historical Performance Program, which will be represented with Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 4 in D Major, performed by the School’s period-instrument ensemble, Juilliard415. Founded in 2009, the ensemble is led during the season by visiting guest artists, including Mr. Christie, Jordi Savall, and Richard Egarr.
Juilliard Pre-College pianist, 15-year-old Tengku Irfan, performs the last movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Evan Rogister. A native of Malaysia, Tengku began piano studies at age seven and later started composing. He made his debut at age 11 playing the Beethoven Piano Concerto in E-flat with the Malaysian Philharmonic, conducted by Claus Peter Flor, in which he improvised his own cadenzas in all three movements. This past summer, he was first prize-winner of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 competition at the Aspen Music Festival.
Juilliard alumni violinist Charles Yang, and pianist Peter Dugan, who is a current master’s degree student with a bachelor’s degree from Juilliard, will improvise on classical themes. Together and individually they maintain unique and varied careers. In addition to solo classical performances, Mr. Yang’s appearances include TED Talks and EG Conferences in addition to popular YouTube renditions of pop and jazz pieces including a duet with ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Likewise, Mr. Dugan makes solo classical appearances and regularly performs chamber music, jazz, funk, and gospel.
The closing work will be Ravel’s Alborado del gracioso with the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Evan Rogister.
About The Juilliard School
The Juilliard School established this country's standard for performing arts education, beginning with music in 1905. Its alumni are among the most famous recitalists, orchestral and operatic musicians, administrators, and teachers. In 1951, its Dance Division was established, combining contemporary and ballet technique. Its accomplished alumni also include many of today’s celebrated choreographers. Juilliard became part of Lincoln Center in 1968, and added a four-year drama program. Jazz Performance was initiated in 2001 and Historical Performance in 2009. Most recently, Juilliard expanded its acting education to include a master’s degree program whose first class entered in fall 2012. In 2009, Juilliard inaugurated its partnership with the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program; and also collaborates with Carnegie Hall, founding The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, and Ensemble ACJW; Signature Theatre – for Juilliard Drama’s ‘Professional Studio’; and the New York Philharmonic, whose Music Director Alan Gilbert also is Juilliard’s Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. Juilliard alumnus Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, was recently appointed artistic director of Juilliard Jazz. Currently more than 800 young artists from 35 states (plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico) and 44 foreign countries attend Juilliard.
Producer: The Juilliard School
Event: Dreams Come True: A Celebration of Juilliard Music - a gala evening benefiting Juilliard with distinguished alumni, conductors Alan Gilbert and Evan Rogister, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, soprano Susanne Phillips, violinist Charles Yang, pianist Peter Dugan, current Juilliard Pre-College Division pianist Tengku Irfan, the Juilliard Orchestra, and Juilliard415
Teresa E. Lindsay chairs Juilliard's bi-annual benefit; vice chairs are Pierre T. Bastid, Kent A. Clark, Sanford B. Ehrenkranz, Barbara G. Fleischman, Joan W. Harris, Edward E. Johnson, Jr., J. Christopher Kojima, James S. Marcus, Leslie M. Nelson, Susan W. Rose, and Joan S. Steinberg
Pianist Emanuel Ax, sopranos Renee Fleming and Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, conductors Alan Gilbert and Evan Rogister, and conductor/composer John Williams are honorary alumni chairs
Location: 7 PM gala performance in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater, followed by 8:30 PM dinner and dancing in The Tent at Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park. Alex Donner and His Orchestra provide music.
Tickets: To purchase benefit dinner tables beginning at $10,000 or individual tickets beginning at $1,000, please contact The Juilliard School's Special Events Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 799-5000, ext. 329.
STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28
Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Alan Gilbert
Isabel Leonard and Susanna Phillips with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Evan Rogister
“Song to the Moon” (Dvořák’s Rusalka) – Susanna Phillips
“I Loved You Once in Silence” (Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot) – Isabel Leonard
“Prenderò quell brunettino” (Mozart’s Così fan tutte) – duet with Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard
CORELLI Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 4 in D Major
Introduced by William Christie
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
III. Allegro scherzando
Tengku Irfan, piano
Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Evan Rogister
The Art of Improv
Charles Yang, violin and Peter Dugan, piano
RAVEL Alborada del gracioso
Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Evan Rogister