The Juilliard School announces its 2013-2014 orchestra season featuring two distinguished guest conductors who are making their first appearances with the Juilliard Orchestra, Hans Graf and Vladimir Jurowski; and esteemed conductors who will be returning to Juilliard, Anne Manson, Nicholas McGegan, conductor/composer Matthias Pintscher, and Larry Rachleff.
Alan Gilbert, director of conducting and orchestral studies at Juilliard, music director of the New York Philharmonic, and an alumnus of the School, conducts the Juilliard Orchestra on Monday, October 2l at Carnegie Hall in works by Bartók and Bruckner. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in early works of Shostakovich on Monday, November 25 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. Conductor Hans Graf leads the Juilliard Orchestra in Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68 on Friday, February 28 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall on the occasion of Britten’s centenary, plus works by Brahms and Hindemith. Juilliard faculty member, conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, leads two Juilliard Orchestra concerts, in addition to his role as music director for Juilliard’s AXIOM ensemble (AXIOM Season 2013-2014). He conducts works by Adams, Barber, Ives, and R. Strauss on Friday, November 15 and leads Juilliard’s annual student composers’ concert featuring four world-premiere works on Friday, February 14. Both concerts are at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall.
The Juilliard Orchestra presents eleven concerts this season and is a strong partner with Juilliard Opera and with Juilliard Dance performances. Reasonably-priced tickets are further discounted for students and senior citizens at all Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Peter Jay Sharp Theater concerts. Box Office and ticket information follows each concert description and is listed as well as at the end of this press release.
The Juilliard Orchestra’s 2013-2014 season opens on Saturday, September 28 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater with 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 (soloist to be announced September 21); and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Mr. McGegan returns to Juilliard on November 4 for a concert presented by Juilliard Historical Performance entitled, “Dresden and Berlin: Celebrating Two Courts,” featuring rarely-performed music of composers from Bohemia with Juilliard415, Juilliard Historical Performance’s period-instrument ensemble (Juilliard Historical Performance 2013- 2014 Season).
Nicholas McGegan has been music director of the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorale for more than 25 years. Active in opera as well as the concert hall, Mr. McGegan was principal conductor (from 1993-1996) at Sweden’s Drottningholm Theatre, an opera house which presents a summer opera festival and occasional guest appearances by the Royal Swedish Opera. He has been a guest conductor of orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His discography of more than 100 releases includes the world premiere recording of Handel’s Susanna, which attracted both a Gramophone Award and a Grammy® nomination, and recent issues of the same composer’s Solomon, Samson, and Acis and Galatea. Mr. McGegan frequently conducts and coaches in residencies and engagements at Juilliard, Yale University, Harvard University, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Music Academy of the West.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s September 28 concert at $20 will be available September 5 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or available at www.juilliard.edu/fallorch. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available at the Juilliard Box Office only.
Conductor Alan Gilbert leads the Juilliard Orchestra in Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1, op. posth. (1907-08) (soloist to be announced October 1); and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E Major, WAB 107 on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s only Carnegie Hall concert of the season. Bartók’s Violin Concerto is a ‘lost’ work and was first performed in 1958, after its dedicatee, the violinist Stefi Geyer, had died. The first movement is an idealization of Bartók’s true love; the second movement is a more boisterous picture of Geyer. Bruckner’s 7th Symphony had its first performance on December 30, 1884 after which, the composer revised the score. On programming Bruckner, Mr. Gilbert remarked: “Bruckner takes the symphonic form and luxuriates in it. He creates expanses of sound and deals with time in a very, very noble way. And for that to really work, the sound itself has to be passionate and colorful and committed from beginning to end.” For more of Alan Gilbert on Bruckner, go to Alan Gilbert Discusses Bruckner.
Alan Gilbert became director of conducting and orchestral studies at Juilliard in September 2011 and is the first holder of the School’s William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies. Mr. Gilbert began his tenure as music director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2009, the first native New Yorker in the post. At the New York Philharmonic, he has introduced the positions of the Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and the Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, an annual multi-week festival, and CONTACT!, the new-music series, and he has sought to make the Orchestra a point of civic pride for the city and country. Active at well at Juilliard, Alan Gilbert also will conduct Juilliard’s ensemble, AXIOM, in HK Gruber’s Gloria – a pigtale as part of the New York Philharmonic’s 1st Biennial at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium on Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 at 7 PM and Sunday, June 1 at 2 PM. For further information, go to New York Philharmonic.
In addition to conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in a public concert (or opera) each season, Mr. Gilbert teaches Juilliard’s conducting students throughout the season, with sessions that include vital information for the student orchestral players comprising the live orchestra for each of those classes. Mr. Gilbert has conducted opera at Juilliard -- last season he conducted Mozart’s Così fan tutte -- and has coached chamber ensembles and singers.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra October 21 Carnegie Hall concert with conductor Alan Gilbert are $30 (parquet, 1st and 2nd tiers); $15 (dress circle and balcony) and will be available on September 16 through the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org. Half-price tickets for seniors and students are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.
The School’s conductorless ensemble, the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, coached by Orpheus member Eric Bartlett, performs on Saturday, November 9 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The concert features Grieg’s Holberg Suite; Joan Tower’s Purple Rhapsody (2005) (viola concerto; soloist to be announced October 9); and Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major. Ms. Tower’s work is dedicated to violist Paul Neubauer, a member of Juilliard’s faculty, who helped make the commission possible.
Tickets for the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra’s November 9 concert at $20 will be available September 5 at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office, by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or purchased online at www.juilliard.edu/fallorch. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office only.
Juilliard faculty member, conductor Jeffrey Milarsky leads the Juilliard Orchestra in John Adams’ Tromba Iontana; Samuel Barber’s Concerto for Piano, Op. 38 (soloist to be announced October 19); R. Strauss’ Salome’s Dance; and Charles Ives’ Three Places in New England on Friday, November 15 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. On pairing Strauss with Ives, Jeffrey Milarsky remarked: “The two main composers on the program, Ives and Strauss, were almost exact contemporaries, and it is amazing to see what each person did for the liberation of harmony.”
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 at Juilliard 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.
Mr. Milarsky returns later this season with the Juilliard Orchestra on Friday, February 14 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall to conduct four world-premiere works by Juilliard student composers.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s November 15 concert at $20 will be available September 23 at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or purchased online at www.juilliard.edu/fallorch. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office only.
Vladimir Jurowski makes his first appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra on Monday, November 25 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. Principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is highly regarded for his thoughtful and thought-provoking programming, and music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, he leads an all-Shostakovich program of all-early works by the composer. The New Babylon (1929), Shostakovich’s first attempt at a full score, is a full-length live accompaniment to a silent film created by members of the experimental theater company Factory of Eccentrics. In order to help his family finances in post-revolution Russia, Shostakovich had begun playing piano accompaniments to films in 1924, and was well-versed, if disdainful, of the improvised artform. The New Babylon, however, is the first of Shostakovich’s eventual 35 film scores, and was obscured until ‘rediscovered’ in the early 1980s and performed with the film in parts of Europe and in NYC. Hypothetically Murdered Orchestral Suite, Op. 31a, is drawn from the composer’s one and only venture into music hall entertainment with one of Soviet Russia’s biggest Vaudeville and jazz celebrities in 1931. Buried in the Soviet Archives, it was reconstructed from a variety of scores and sketches of this “Light-Music Circus” combining comedy, slapstick, and politics in the dark Russian style of satire. Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10 (1924-5) was written by Shostakovich at age 19, as a graduation exercise at Leningrad Conservatory. Its success helped launch the composer’s career, earning him enough financial reward to quit his job accompanying those silent films.
Born in Moscow, the son of conductor Mikhail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski completed his initial musical studies at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990, he relocated with his family to Germany where he continued his studies in Dresden and Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival, where he conducted Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night. The same year saw his debut at the Royal Opera House Convent Garden in Nabucco. In January 2001, Mr. Jurowski took up the position of music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera and in 2003 was appointed principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming the Orchestra’s principal conductor in September 2007. He also holds the title of principal artist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and from 2005-2009 served as principal guest conductor of the Russian National Orchestra, with whom he continues to work. He is a regular guest with many of the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, and others. Mr. Jurowski appears at Juilliard by permission of the Metropolitan Opera, where he conducts R. Strauss’ Die Frau Ohne Schatten this November.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s November 25 concert at $20 will be available September 23 at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or available online at www.juilliard.edu/fallorch. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office only.
Conductor Larry Rachleff, music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and director of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras at Rice University in Houston, returns to lead the Juilliard Orchestra on Thursday, December 12 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall in a program that includes Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 (soloist to be announced on November 20), and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70. “A take-charge maestro who invests everything he conducts with deep musical understanding” (Chicago Tribune), Mr. Rachleff is in demand as a guest conductor, and his recent and upcoming engagements include the Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Indianapolis Symphony, and summer festival engagements include Aspen, Tanglewood, Interlochen, Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy, and the Grand Teton Music Festival, among others.
Larry Rachleff, entering his 14th season as music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, is holder of the Walter Kris Hubert Chair at Rice University. As a dedicated advocate of contemporary music, he has collaborated with leading composers including Samuel Adler, the late Luciano Berio, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty, and John Harbison, among others. He has conducted and presented master classes all over the world, including at Juilliard, the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Zurich Hochschule, the Sydney and Queensland, Australia conservatories, the New England Conservatory, and Royal Northern College in the U.K. During his career, Mr. Rachleff has also been music director of the San Antonio Symphony. In 1993 he was selected as one of four American conductors to lead the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under the mentorship of Pierre Boulez.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s December 12 concert at $20 will be available September 23 at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or available online at www.juilliard.edu/fallorch. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office only.
Anne Manson, who first conducted at Juilliard in 2004 and last season led both Juilliard Opera and Juilliard Orchestra, returns to close Juilliard’s 2014 FOCUS! festival with the Juilliard Orchestra on Friday, January 31 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. This 30th annual FOCUS! features the music of Alfred Schnittke and composers in his circle, Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli, and Arvo Pärt. FOCUS! 2014 opens Friday, January 24 with a performance by the New Juilliard Ensemble led by festival director Joel Sachs, and includes four evenings of chamber music in between. The January 31 program features Sofia Guibaidulina’s Fairytale Poem (Märchen-Poem) (1971); Giya Kancheli’s And Farewell Goes Out Sighing… (1999); and Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony No. 8 (1993). All other programs will be announced later this season. All FOCUS! festival concerts are free.
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 in January 2010, and she works regularly with the Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain. She is conductor for, and one of three mentors (with Jake Heggie and Mark Campbell) for, Washington National Opera’s new American Opera Initiative. 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, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites in April 2010, Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen! in November 2011, and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen in April and May 2013. 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. Ms. Manson came to prominence early in her career as music director of London’s Mecklenburgh Opera (from 1988 to 1996).
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s FOCUS! concert on January 31 concert are FREE and available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard on January 10. FREE tickets for the FOCUS! opening concert on January 24 by the New Juilliard Ensemble and the four chamber music concerts during the week also are available at the Juilliard Box Office on January 10. For further information, visit www.juilliard.edu/focus2014.
Jeffrey Milarsky conducts four world premieres by Juilliard composers on Friday, February 14 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Milarsky has led this annual showcase of Juilliard composers’ best work since 1991 when the concerts included chamber works as well as orchestral pieces on the program. The compositions are selected by two outside judges who are respected professional composers and whose identity is kept confidential. They select four winning works from the 10-15 scores that they receive. The winners are then chosen for this annual Juilliard Orchestra concert, led by Mr. Milarsky. The February 14 concert marks his second appearance of the season with the Juilliard Orchestra.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s February 14 concert are FREE and will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard on January 31.
Austrian conductor Hans Graf makes his first appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra on Friday, February 28 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall in a program featuring Brahms’ Tragic Overture; Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68 (soloist to be announced on January 25), celebrating Britten’s centenary; and Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, one of the composer’s best known works composed in 1934 as he worked on an opera of the same name (1935) that rarely has been performed. Soon after, Hindemith left Germany where the Nazi regime had boycotted his music, going to Switzerland before settling in the United States in 1940.
Known for his wide range of repertoire and creative programming, the distinguished Austrian conductor Hans Graf is one of today’s most respected musicians. He was chosen as music director of the Houston Symphony in 2000, a tenure that lasted until this past spring. Prior to his appointment in Houston, he was music director of the Calgary Philharmonic for eight seasons and held the same post with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine for six years. He also led the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra from 1984 to 1994. A frequent guest with all of the major North American orchestras, Mr. Graf also conducts in the foremost concert halls of Europe, Japan, and Australia and has appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Leipzig, as well as with the St. Peterburg Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Mr. Graf has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur by the French government for championing French music around the world as well as the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s February 28 concert at $20 will be available February 3 at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or available online at www.juilliard.edu/springorch. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office only.
Conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher, the new music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, returns to Juilliard to lead the Juilliard Orchestra on Tuesday, April 8 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features the New York premiere of Pintscher’s Bereshit; H.K. Gruber’s Rough Music for percussion (soloist to announced); and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Pintscher’s Bereshit had its world premiere on May 24 and 25, 2013 at Ordway Center in St. Paul by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, conducted by the composer. The title comes from the first word of the Torah, Bereshit, and means a beginning, a turning point. “As if you woke up in the pitch darkness of night in a strange room and only realized after a few seconds where you were. In this state you attempt to make out the shapes of the space. It is a beginning of a beginning from absolute darkness and shapelessness. Quite cautiously and gradually particles free themselves, then condense and fit together in shapes.” Pintscher describes this feeling as the starting point of the composition. H.K. Gruber’s Rough Music is a concerto for percussion and orchestra and was written for percussionist Gerald Fromme and had its world premiere on October 30, 1983 by the ORF Funkhaus Wien (Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra), conducted by Lothar Zagrosek, in Goßer Saal, Musikverein, in Vienna. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra was composed in the summer and early fall of 1943 and premiered in December of the following year. The work can be regarded as a symphony in five movements.
Matthias Pintscher sees his two main spheres of activity – composing and conducting – as entirely complementary. He has created significant works for the world’s leading orchestras and his intrinsic understanding of the score from the composer’s perspective informs his ability to communicate on the podium. He regularly conducts in Europe, the United States, and Australia. In 2012, he was named by the Ensemble Intercontemporain as its next music director, beginning in the 2013-2014 season. He is entering his third season as artist-in-association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (he assumed the position in October 2010), and he continues his partnership with the BBC SSO with concerts in both its regular subscription and contemporary series, covering the entire repertoire of music from the Baroque period to contemporary. His works are published exclusively by Bärenreiter-Verlag, and he works and records with Kairos, EMI, ECM, Teldec, Wergo, and Winter & Winter.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s April 8 concert at $20 will be available February 3 at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or available online at www.juilliard.edu/springorch. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office only.
French conductor Emmanuel Villaume, who has led orchestral concerts at Juilliard since 2008, conducts his first opera at Juilliard this season when he leads Juilliard singers and the Juilliard Orchestra in a production of Massenet’s Cendrillon on Wednesday, April 23 and Friday, April 25 at 8 PM, and Sunday, April 27 at 2 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The Juilliard Orchestra season concludes with its traditional commencement concert featuring the School’s graduating instrumentalists on Thursday, May 22 at 6 PM in Alice Tully Hall. (Conductor to be announced.) Program includes Sibelius’ Concerto for Violin (soloist to be announced on March 26). Juilliard’s 109th Commencement Ceremony takes place the following morning on Friday, May 23, 2014.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra Commencement Concert on May 22 are FREE; limited standby admissions only.
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 School’s 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 up of the People's Republic of China in 1987, and returning two decades later, in 2008.
Highlights from the past several seasons include: 2012-2013 – Alan Gilbert conducting the Met Opera/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; 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.