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Rachmaninoff Performs at Opening of Claremont Avenue Building (1931); Opera Premieres Chabrier's "The Reluctant King" (1976)

The premiere of The Reluctant King took place in November 1976. The choreography was by George Balanchine (left, shown at the premiere). Right: Susan Peterson (’77, voice, opera) was Alexina, Duchess of Fritelli, and Tonio di Paolo (’79, voice, opera) was Henri de Valois, King of Poland.

 (Photo by Beth Bergman)

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1931

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November 12, Sergei Rachmaninoff gave a recital in celebration of the opening of the Juilliard Graduate School’s building at 130 Claremont Avenue, directly adjacent to the Institute of Musical Art. The program included Beethoven’s Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2; Chopin’s Sonata in B-flat Minor, Op. 35; and the pianist’s own Prelude in F-sharp Minor, Oriental Sketch, and Variations on a Theme of Corelli.

1943

November 3, clarinetist Benny Goodman presented the Clarinet in Swing and Classics, the first in a series of five classes he gave at the Institute of Musical Art.

1976

November 18, the Juilliard American Opera Center gave the U.S. premiere of Emmanuel Chabrier’s The Reluctant King (Le Roi Malgré Lui) in a new English adaptation by faculty member Maurice Valency, conducted by faculty member Manuel Rosenthal with Bliss Hebert directing and Robert Yodice as set designer. George Balanchine choreographed the “Fête Polonaise,” which opens the second act; it was danced by the School of American Ballet Corps de Ballet. 

1985

November 1, Tony Award-winning director and producer Gregory Mosher (Group 4) visited Juilliard for an informal discussion with drama students.

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