AXIOM, Juilliard’s critically-acclaimed contemporary music ensemble specializing in the 20th century’s ‘classic’ repertoire and led by music director Jeffrey Milarsky, performs works by Louis Andriessen, Pierre Boulez, Jacob Druckman, Georg Friedrich Haas, Oliver Knussen, David Lang, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Morton Subotnick in three concerts during the 2013-2014 season on Friday, October 11 in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater; Thursday, February 27; and Thursday, April 17 in Alice Tully Hall, all at 8 PM. All three concerts are FREE. The February 27th concert is part of Carnegie Hall’s Vienna: City of Dreams, a three-week festival taking place during February and March 2014. With Jeffrey Milarsky conducting, AXIOM performs Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas’ Monodie (1998-99) and works by Oliver Knussen, Louis Andriessen, and David Lang. A fourth appearance by AXIOM takes place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, led by Alan Gilbert, as part of the New York Philharmonic’s 1st Biennial. For further information, go to New York Philharmonic.
AXIOM concerts are FREE and take place in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Alice Tully Hall. Tickets will be available about two weeks before the concerts at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, located in the lobby of the School at 155 West 65th Street. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/axiom.
The series opens on Friday, October 11 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater with conductor Jeffrey Milarsky leading AXIOM in two works by alumnus Jacob Druckman – Delizie contente che l’alme beate after Francesco Cavalli (1973) and Come Round (1992), and Morton Subotnick’s Jacob’s Room (world premiere version 2013).
Juilliard and AXIOM’s appearance as part of Carnegie Hall’s festival, Vienna: City of Dreams, on Thursday, February 27 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall includes the featured work by Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas’ Monodie (1998-99). Led by Mr. Milarsky, the evening also includes Oliver Knussen’s Two Organa, Op. 27 (1995); Louis Andriessen’s Zilver (1994); and David Lang’s cheating, lying, stealing (1993, rev. 1995). Composer Georg Friedrich Haas, recently appointed to Columbia University’s composition faculty, has emerged as one of the major European composers of his generation. He has composed several operas and concertos, and a variety of chamber works, including seven string quartets. Mr. Haas has received numerous national and international prizes, including the Kompositionspreis of the SWR Symphony Orchestra (2010) and the Grand Austrian State Prize for Music (2007), the country’s highest artistic honor. His music is published by Universal Edition.
AXIOM’s 2013-2014 free concert series concludes with a performance on Thursday, April 17 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall featuring two works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Fünf Sternzeichen (2004) and Refrain (1959), and Pierre Boulez’s Derive 2 (1988/2006).
AXIOM’s fourth appearance will be on the New York Philharmonic’s 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. Alan Gilbert conducts HK Gruber’s Gloria – a pigtale. For further information, go to New York Philharmonic.
This past season, AXIOM collaborated with the Sibelius Academy on a concert featuring music by American and Finnish composers, and in August 2013, AXIOM travels to Finland to perform in the Helsinki Festival with musicians from the Sibelius Academy. The concert is a repeat of the ensemble’s March 28th concert that took place in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. The Helsinki Festival concert takes place on August 24, 2013 with Susanna Mälkki conducting.
One of the newest additions to Juilliard’s roster of performing ensembles is AXIOM. Led by music director Jeffrey Milarsky, AXIOM is dedicated to performing the masterworks of the 20th and 21st century repertoire. Since its debut in Avery Fisher Hall in February 2006, the group has rapidly established itself as a leading ensemble in New York City’s contemporary music scene with performances throughout Lincoln Center, in addition to frequent appearances at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre and (Le) Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. Recent collaborations with student artists from Juilliard Dance and Juilliard’s Music Technology Center (recently renamed the Center for Innovation in the Arts) highlight the variety of the ensemble’s groundbreaking activities.
Highlights from the 2012-2013 season included a concert featuring Oliver Knussen’s Coursing, Charles Wuorinen’s Cyclops 2000, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1; a concert with Toru Takemitsu’s Archipelago S and John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music; and a collaboration with the Sibelius Academy conducted by Susanna Mälkki and featuring works by American and Finnish composers including Elliott Carter, Anthony Cheung, Vali-Matti Puumala, Sean Shepherd, and Jukka Tiensuu.
In the 2011-2012 season, AXIOM presented a three-concert series which featured the world premiere of American composer Elliott Carter’s Three Explorations (2011) drawn from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, and works by Babbitt, Birtwistle, Boulez, Grisey, and Lindberg. AXIOM also gave a performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s rarely-performed work, Jagden und Formen (Hunts and Forms).
Highlights from the 2010-2011 season included a three-concert series focusing on the music of Steve Reich and Magnus Lindberg with a final concert featuring Morton Feldman’s monumental Rothko Chapel -- his take on abstract expressionist painting that’s also a eulogy to his friend Mark Rothko, presented by Lincoln Center as part of their inaugural Tully Scope festival.
In the 2009-2010 season, AXIOM presented three concerts at Juilliard and a program of pieces for smaller ensemble performed at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The ensemble performed works by Davidovsky, Ligeti, and Birtwistle in October 2009, an all-John Adams program in December 2009, and performed works by Finnish composers Magnus Lindberg and Kaija Saariaho in February 2010.
About Jeffrey Milarsky
American conductor Jeffrey Milarsky is music director of AXIOM. Known for his innovative programming and a command of wide-ranging repertoire, spanning from Bach to Xenakis, Mr. Milarsky has led groups such as the American Composers Orchestra, MET Chamber Ensemble, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New World Symphony, New York Philharmonic chamber music series, and the San Francisco Symphony. In the United States and abroad, he has premiered and recorded works by groundbreaking contemporary composers, including Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Jonathan Dawe, Gerard Grisey, Fred Lerdahl, , Tristan Murail, Luigi Nono, Wolfgang Rihm, Ralph Shapey, and Charles Wuorinen.
In September of 2008, Mr. Milarsky was named to the conducting faculty of Juilliard. He also is senior lecturer of music at Columbia University, where he is the music director and conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra.
Mr. Milarsky made his conducting debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic during the 2011-12 season and returned last season. He is scheduled to conduct concerts again with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2013-2014. This past season Mr. Milarsky conducted the San Francisco Symphony in San Francisco, Michigan, and at Carnegie Hall in New York. He also led orchestras in Norway, Italy, and Paris. Mr. Milarsky also appears regularly at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra, and also recently performed at IRCAM in Paris, conducting and recording compositions by Joshua Fineberg and Tristan Murail.
A highly sought-after timpanist and percussionist, Mr. Milarsky has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, among other ensembles. In addition, Mr. Milarsky has been principal timpanist for the Santa Fe Opera since 2005. He has recorded extensively for Angel, Bridge, Teldec, Telarc, New World, CRI, MusicMasters, EMI, Koch, and London records. Mr. Milarsky received his bachelor and master of music degrees from The Juilliard School. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding leadership and achievement in the arts.
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AXIOM Led by Jeffrey Milarsky
2013-2014 Calendar of Events
Friday, October 11, 2013, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
JACOB DRUCKMAN Delizie contente che l’alme beate after Francesco Cavalli (1973)
JACOB DRUCKMAN Come Round (1992)
MORTON SUBOTNICK Jacob’s Room (world premiere version 2013)
FREE tickets will be available beginning September 27.
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
Presented as part of Carnegie Hall’s festival, Vienna: City of Dreams
OLIVER KNUSSEN Two Organa, Op. 27 (1995)
LOUIS ANDRIESSEN Zilver (1994)
DAVID LANG cheating, lying, stealing (1993, revised 1995)
GEORG FRIEDRICH HAAS Monodie (1998-1999)
FREE tickets will be available beginning February 13.
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN Fünf Sternzeichen (2004)
KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN Refrain (1959)
PIERRE BOULEZ Derive 2 (1988/2006)
FREE tickets will be available beginning April 3.
Tickets will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, located in the lobby of the School at 155 West 65th Street. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from
11 AM – 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/axiom.
Thursday, May 29, 2014, 7 PM / Friday, May 30, 2014, 7 PM/ Sunday, June 1, 2014, 2 PM
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Alan Gilbert Conducts HK Gruber’s Gloria – a pigtale
Vocalists affiliated with The Juilliard School
Doug Fitch, Designer, Director
Edouard Getaz, producer
A co-presentation of the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Juilliard School.
For further information, go to New York Philharmonic.
Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 West 65th Street, Street Level
Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 65th Street, NYC
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, NYC