Juilliard Wind Orchestra, Led by Anthony McGill, Performs on November 13, at 3pm in Paul Hall; Juilliard Orchestra, Conducted by James Gaffigan, Gives a Concert on November 17, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall


Anthony McGill Leads the Juilliard Wind Orchestra in Works by Strauss, Beethoven, and Brahms; James Gaffigan Conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in Works by Brahms, Strauss, Stravinsky, and Bartok; Juilliard Hornist Nathaniel Silberschlag Is the Soloist in Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major

Start Date

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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Anthony McGill (photo by David Finlayson)
Anthony McGill (photo by David Finlayson)
James Gaffigan
James Gaffigan
Nathaniel Silberschlag (photo by Jiyang Chen)
Nathaniel Silberschlag (photo by Jiyang Chen)


NEW YORK –– Juilliard's newest ensemble, the Wind Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra have concerts in mid-November. The Juilliard Wind Orchestra is led by Anthony McGill on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 3pm in Paul Hall; and the Juilliard Orchestra is conducted by James Gaffigan on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall.

The Juilliard Wind Orchestra will perform Strauss’s Serenade in E-flat Major, Op. 7; Beethoven’s Octet in E-flat Major for Winds, Op. 103; and Brahms’s Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16. The 12-15 member ensemble provides additional performance opportunities for students throughout the year, as well as the experience of working on important wind repertoire with master wind players. Juilliard faculty member Anthony McGill is also the principal clarinet at the New York Philharmonic.

James Gaffigan returns to Juilliard to conduct the Juilliard Orchestra in Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a; Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major with Juilliard hornist Nathaniel Silberschlag; Stravinsky’s Four Études for Orchestra; and Bartók’s Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin, Pantomime in One Act, Op. 19.

Tickets for the Juilliard Wind Orchestra concert are $10 and available at events.juilliard.edu. Tickets are free for Juilliard students; non-Juilliard students with valid ID may purchase tickets for $5. Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra concert are $20 and available at events.juilliard.edu. Tickets are free for Juilliard students; non-Juilliard students with valid ID may purchase tickets for $10.

Meet the Artists

About Anthony McGill

Anthony McGill was named principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic in 2014. He previously served as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

A few of the orchestras with which Mr. McGill has appeared as soloist are the Met Opera Orchestra, the Baltimore, Kansas City and New Jersey orchestras, and he has recorded the Nielsen Concerto with the New York Philharmonic. As a chamber musician he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Marlboro, and Santa Fe, to name a few.

He performed with Juilliard alumni Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma as well as Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Obama in 2009 and is a founding member of the McGill/McHale Trio with flute alumnus Demarre McGill and pianist Michael McHale.

The 2015-16 WQXR artist-in-residence, Mr. McGill received the John Jay Justice Award in March 2016.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. McGill serves on the faculties of Curtis, Juilliard, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Bard College Conservatory, and Manhattan School of Music as well as Juilliard. 

About James Gaffigan

James Gaffigan was appointed chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010 and recently concluded his tenure as principal guest conductor of Cologne’s Gurzenich Orchestra.

Highlights of Mr. Gaffigan’s 2016-17 season include engagements with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic; the San Francisco, Detroit, Houston, New World, Vancouver, and San Diego symphonies; and appearances at the Aspen Music Festival and Music Academy of the West. In addition to his work with the Lucerne Symphony and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, he guest conducts the Oslo Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony in London. He made his debut with the Washington National Opera last September leading Le nozze di Figaro, and future opera projects include debuts with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Santa Fe Opera.

In 2004, Mr. Gaffigan was named a first prize winner at the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, Germany, and has since appeared with leading orchestras in Europe including the Munich, London, and Rotterdam Philharmonics, London Symphony, Dresden Staatskappelle, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Vienna Symphony, London and Czech Philharmonics, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Sydney Symphony.

He made his Vienna State Opera debut during the 2011–12 season conducting La boheme, and has since returned to that company for Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro. He has also led La bohème at the Zurich Opera, Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro at the Aspen Music Festival, Don Giovanni at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Le nozze di Figaro at the Houston Grand Opera, Salome with the Hamburg Opera, Rigoletto and Rusalka with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, La Traviata with the Norwegian Opera, and Così fan tutte, Falstaff, and La Cenerentola at the Glyndebourne Festival.

A native of New York City, Mr. Gaffigan is a Pre-College alumnus of Juilliard, attended the New England Conservatory of Music, and earned his master’s degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston.

About Nathaniel Silberschlag

Hornist Nathaniel Silberschlag in his second year at Juilliard where he studies with Julie Landsman and is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. He is from Leonardtown, Md., and is the third generation of musicians in his family who have attended Juilliard. Mr. Silberschlag made his professional debut at age 9 in Italy and at age 11 appeared as a soloist with the Bulgarian Philharmonic. He was principal horn of the Romanian State Symphony while they were on tour in Northern Italy and has also appeared as a soloist with New York’s Little Orchestra Society. Last year he was the first recipient of the Edwin C. Thayer, Laurel Bennert Ohlson Award for artistry and excellence on the French horn. In 2014 and 2015, he attended the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute at the Kennedy Center and graduated from the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program in May 2015. This past summer he attended the Eastern Music Festival. Mr. Silberschlag has been a fellow at the Alba Music Festival in Italy since 2007 and has performed with the Chesapeake Orchestra since 2011. He was principal horn for the Maryland Youth Symphony and section leader of the Brass of Peace. He has studied with Sylvia Alimena (National Symphony), Jeff Lang (Philadelphia Orchestra), Tony Valerio (Naval Academy Band), and Corrado Saglietti, (RAI Orchestra, Turin). He is currently a member of the New York Festival Brass Quintet.

About the Juilliard Orchestra

The Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard’s largest and most visible performing ensemble, is comprised of all orchestral instrumental majors in the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Under the musical leadership of alumnus Alan Gilbert, the director of conducting and orchestral studies, the Juilliard Orchestra is also led by numerous world-renowned guest conductors, some of which have included John Adams, alumna Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy, alumnus James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Fabio Luisi, Bernard Haitink, alumnus James Levine, David Robertson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, alumnus Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, and many others. The Juilliard Orchestra performs regularly at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as in opera and dance productions, special events and broadcasts, and national and international tours.

All undergraduates begin their orchestral studies with Orchestra Orientation, a three-week orchestra cycle comprised of seminars, workshops, and rehearsals designed to prepare students for the rigors of the Juilliard Orchestra. Led by Maestro Gilbert, the Orchestra Orientation also calls upon Juilliard faculty and members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera orchestras to lead discussions, coach sectionals, and play in side-by-side rehearsals.

Juilliard opened its 2016-17 orchestral season with conductor Mirga Graziynte-Tyla, and welcomes guest conductors James Gaffigan, Edward Gardner, Susanna Mälkki, Anne Manson, Steve Osgood, Peter Oundjian, and Carlos Miguel Prieto, as well as Juilliard faculty members Alan Gilbert, Jeffrey Milarsky, and Gary Wedow.

In the 2015-16 season, the Juilliard Orchestra featured guest conductors Pablo Heras-Casado, Fabio Luisi, Nicholas McGegan, Gianandrea Noseda, Case Scaglione, and faculty members Alan Gilbert, Jeffrey Milarsky, Itzhak Perlman, and Matthias Pintscher. Highlights of the orchestra’s 2014-15 season included debut appearances by guest conductors Fabio Luisi, Tadaaki Otaka, and alumnus Peter Oundjian; return appearances by Edward Gardner, Larry Rachleff, Emmanuel Villaume, David Zinman, and David Robertson; and concerts with Juilliard faculty members Alan Gilbert and Jeffrey Milarsky.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016, 3pm, Paul Hall

Juilliard Wind Orchestra

Anthony McGill, conductor


Richard STRAUSS Serenade, Op. 7 in E-flat Major

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Octet in E-flat for Winds, Op. 103

Johannes BRAHMS Serenade No. 2, Op. 16 in A Major


Tickets are $10 and available at events.juilliard.edu. Tickets are free for Juilliard students; non-Juilliard students with valid ID may purchase tickets for $5.



Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7:30pm, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard Orchestra

James Gaffigan, conductor


Johannes BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a

Richard STRAUSS Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major

Igor STRAVINSKY Four Etudes for Orchestra

Béla BARTÓK Suite from The Miraculous Manadarin, Pantomime in One Act, Op. 19


Tickets are $20 and available at events.juilliard.edu. Tickets are free for Juilliard students; non-Juilliard students with valid ID may purchase tickets for $10.