Early Music Specialist William Christie Returns to Juilliard for Week-Long Residency; Public Master Class on March 31 at 4 PM in Paul Hall and Concert with Juilliard415 Ensemble on April 2 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall

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William Christie by Ana Bloom, copywright 2002 Virgin Classics
William Christie by Ana Bloom, copywright 2002 Virgin Classics



Early music specialist William Christie returns to The Juilliard School for a week-long residency with two public performances. Mr. Christie gives a master class with students in the Historical Performance program on Wednesday, March 31 at 4 PM in Juilliard's Paul Hall and conducts Juilliard's new early music student ensemble, the Juilliard415 ENSEMBLE, who are joined by Juilliard Vocal Arts singers on Friday, April 2 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. This is Mr. Christie's 3rd residency at Juilliard since 2007. Juilliard's Historical Performance faculty is selecting the students who will participate in the master class. Juilliard415 ENSEMBLE, named after the accepted pitch for Baroque music played on original instruments (A=415), made its debut in December 2009 at Juilliard.


The April 2 program features Matthew Locke's Psyche (excerpts); G.F. Handel's The Soft Complaining Flute from Ode for St. Cecilia's Day, HWV 76; Henry Purcell's Sonata VI in four parts and The Frost Scene from King Arthur; Thomas Arne's Thomas and Sally (one continuous excerpt); Charles Avison's Concerto IX (after D. Scarlatti); and Handel's Salve Regina, the Organ Concerto, Op. 4, No. 1, and Saeviat Tellus inter Rigores, from the Carmelite Vespers. The program was selected by Mr. Christie, along with harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss, a faculty member in Historical Performance. They paired well-known Baroque composers, Handel and Purcell, with lesser-known composers, Thomas Arne and Charles Avison.


LIMITED, FREE tickets for the master class are available beginning March 17, and FREE tickets for Juilliard415 are available beginning March 19 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.


Juilliard musicians performing on the Juilliard415 ENSEMBLE concert include: sopranos Deanna Breiwick, Meredith Lustig, Naomi O'Connell, Golda Schultz, Lauren Snouffer, Lei Xu; tenor Daniel Curran; bass Adrian Rosas; flutist Emi Ferguson; oboists Luke Conklin and Priscilla Smith; bassoonists Julia Marion and Burak Ozdemir; violinists Liv Heym; Grace Kang; Mikyung Kim (Juilliard alumna); Joan Plana; Adriane Post, Beth Wenstrom; violists Eva Gerard and Elizabeth Beilman; cellists Ezra Seltzer and Beiliang Zhu; double bassist Andrew Arceci; and Jeffrey Grossman and Aya Hamada on harpsichord/organ.


Juilliard partners with the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera Festival on Thursday, March 25 at 6 PM in the Hillman Attic Studio in Brooklyn when Juilliard Dean and Provost Ara Guzelimian leads an Artist Talk with William Christie. They discuss opera, Mr. Christie's work, and his thoughts of the day. William Christie and his ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, are featured at the BAM's inaugural Opera Festival of which Mr. Christie is the curator. On the occasion of their 30th anniversary, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants return to New York to perform Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and The Fairy Queen, as well as Actéon. For more information on the Artist Talk and the festival, call BAM at (718) 636-4100 or go to www.bam.org.



About Juilliard's Historical Performance Program


Beginning last fall (2009), twelve students were enrolled Juilliard's Historical Performance program. The program is open to master of music degree and graduate diploma candidates and offers comprehensive study focusing on music from the High Baroque through the Early Classical eras. The performance-oriented curriculum fosters an informed, vital understanding of the many issues unique to period instrument performance with the level of technical excellence and musical integrity for which Juilliard is renowned. Joint projects and collaborations with the School's Dance and Drama Divisions and Vocal Arts program, and with modern instrument students outside of the Historical Performance program, will be encouraged.


The master of music degree program requires a two-year residency; the graduate diploma program with a major in Historical Performance is a two-year, non-degree course of study. Along with weekly lessons and frequent performances, the curriculum also includes core classes covering a broad range of issues related directly to performance, including style and interpretation, historical and cultural contexts, analytical methods and treatises, historical dance, improvisation, continuo improvisation/figured bass reading, and ornamentation.


Guest residencies are an important part of the Historical Performance program's annual schedule, as are master classes with experts from around the world. Juilliard presented a master class with singer Emma Kirkby in November 2009 and will present this master class with early music specialist William Christie on March 31, and a residency and master class with viol player and conductor Jordi Savall on May 1. For further information on the Historical Performance program, contact Juilliard's Admissions Office at (212) 799-5000, ext. 223 or visit www.juillard.edu/admissions.



Calendar of Events


Thursday, March 25, 6 PM, Hillman Attic Studio, Brooklyn

Artist Talk with William Christie

Juilliard Dean and Provost, Ara Guzelimian

William Christie discusses opera, his work, and his thoughts of the day in a conversation with Juilliard Dean and Provost, Ara Guzelimian

Tickets $10 and $5 for Friends of BAM

For further information, call the Brooklyn Academy of Music Tickets Services at (718) 636-4100 or go to www.bam.org.


Wednesday, March 31, 4 PM, Juilliard's Paul Hall

Master Class with William Christie

Juilliard's Historical Performance faculty is selecting the students participating in the master class.

LIMITED FREE tickets available March 17 at the Juilliard Box Office


Friday, April 2, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard415 ENSEMBLE    William Christie, Conductor

Matthew Locke - Excerpts from Psyche

G.F. Handel - The Soft Complaining Flute from Ode for St. Cecilia's Day, HWV 76

Henry Purcell - Sonata VI in four parts

Purcell - The Frost Scene from King Arthur

Thomas Arne - Excerpts from Thomas and Sally

Charles Avison Concerto IX (after D. Scarlatti)

Handel - Salve Regina; Organ Concerto, Op. 4, No. 1; Saeviat Tellus inter Rigores from the Carmelite Vespers

FREE tickets available March 19 at the Juilliard Box Office


Wednesday, April 14, 8 PM, Juilliard's Paul Hall

Juilliard415 ENSEMBLE    Monica Huggett, Conductor

Delalande - La Grande Pièce Royale, S. 161, ed. Lionel Sawkins

Ferrandini - Il pianto di Maria (formerly attributed to Handel)

Rameau - Pièces de Clavecin en Concert (Deuxième Concert) arranged for 6 parts (anonymous 18th-century arrangement)

Rameau - Les Indes Galantes Suite (movements to be announced)

LIMITED FREE tickets available March 31 at the Juilliard Box Office


Saturday, May 1, 8 PM, Juilliard's Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater

Juilliard415 ENSEMBLE    Jordi Savall, Conductor

Workshop Performance

(Information on ticket availability to be announced.)

For further information on all Juilliard events, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu