FOCUS! 2014 Presents "Alfred Schnittke's World" - January 24 - 31, 2014 - Notes on the Program

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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FOCUS! 2014, Juilliard’s 30th annual mid-winter festival presents Alfred Schnittke’s World with six free concerts from Friday, January 24 through Friday, January 31, 2014 in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The festival commemorates what would have been the 80th birthday of Russian composer Alfred Schnittke (born November 24, 1934), who died in 1998 at age 64. The festival features works by Schnittke and his circle of composers, Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli, Arvo Pärt, and Valentin Silvestrov. The opening concert on Friday, January 24 features the New Juilliard Ensemble, conducted by Joel Sachs, in the world premiere of the new version of Arvo Pärt’s La Sindone (2005, rev. 2013) for strings, brass, and percussion. The program also features Giya Kancheli’s Daytime Prayers (1990), for clarinet, boy soprano, and chamber orchestra; and Schnittke’s Symphony No. 4 (1984). From January 27 through January 30, there will be chamber and solo concerts, and the January 28 program features a pre-concert panel discussion at 7 PM. The closing concert on Friday, January 31 will be performed by the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Anne Manson, and features Sofia Gubaidulina’s Fairytale Poem (Märchenpoem) (1971, New York premiere); Giya Kancheli’s And farewell goes out sighing…(1999), for countertenor, violin, and orchestra; and Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony No. 8 (U.S. premiere).

On programming this year’s FOCUS! festival, Joel Sachs remarked: “Devoting a FOCUS! festival to Alfred Schnittke has been on my mind since I saw an announcement of a commemoration of his 75th year at London’s Southbank Centre, a grand event that also included symposia and films with his scores. A festival at Juilliard, however, has special significance because the School owns many of Schnittke’s manuscripts in its Juilliard Manuscript Collection. To give our students broad experience in the festival, it made sense to include compositions by Schnittke’s closest friends and associates. After discussions with several people who knew him well, we narrowed it down to these superb colleagues – Sofia Gubaidulina, Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, and Valentin Silvestrov.”

FREE tickets to all concerts will be available January 10 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 or go to www.juilliard.edu/focus2014.

To read the notes on the complete festival, written by Joel Sachs, please click on the PDF below.


FOCUS! 2014 Festival

Program Notes

juilliard_focus2014_program_fin.pdf ©Joel Sachs