Monica Huggett Conducts Juilliard415 Ensemble in Works by Delalande, Ferradini, and Rameau on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Paul Hall

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Monica Huggett, violinist and artistic director of Juilliard's Historical Performance program, leads Juilliard's new student ensemble, the Juilliard415 ENSEMBLE on Wednesday, April 14 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Paul Hall. They perform Delalande's La Grande Pièce Royale, S. 161 (ed. Lionel Sawkins); Ferrandini's Il pianto di Maria (formerly attributed to Handel); Rameau's Pièces de Clavecin en Concert (Deuxième Concert) arranged for six parts (anonymous 18th-century arrangement) and his Les Indes Galantes Suite (movements to be announced). Juilliard415 ENSEMBLE, named after the accepted pitch for Baroque music played on original instruments (A=415), made its debut in December 2009 at Juilliard.


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On conceiving the program, Ms. Huggett writes: "For the benefit of our master programme students, we seek to perform as much of the standard repertoire of 18th-century orchestral music as possible. The suite of dances from Les Indes Galantes is very popular with Baroque audiences. Rameau was a virtuoso harpsichordist and harpsichord composer until he was 50, when he started to write opera, and he had a genius for it. The French seem to have a talent for orchestration and Rameau's orchestral writing is particularly vivid, using all the instruments of the orchestra in a very idiomatic way. He borrows forms from the traditional suite of dances, like Sarabande and Gigue, but he also uses folk dances and exotic genre pieces, depicting African Slaves or the native American (Les Indes) smoking their peace pipe. This suite is delightful."


Ms. Huggett continues: "There are also chamber pieces written by Rameau, the famous Pieces de Clavecin en Concerts for solo harpsichord, with violin (flute) and viola da gamba (the ‘en concert' in the title). These were so popular in the 18th-century that they were arranged for a six-part string ensemble. We don't know who made the arrangement, but the writing is quite unusual for the time, with the solo harpsichord part being distributed among the strings. For our performance we are also using flute and oboe (the original violin part could also be played on the flute) to give more possibilities of colour."


"La Grand Piece Royal by Delalande" notes Ms. Huggett "is another piece which uses the winds in a way which rarely occurs in Italian or German music from the 18th-century. There is an important solo bassoon part, the bassoon was favored by the French, maybe because they were important in the development of the Baroque bassoon. The Hotteterre family designed and built the first Baroque oboes and bassoons."


Ms. Huggett concludes: "As this concert is around Easter time, we have included the cantata, Il Pianto di Maria, a dramatic cantata based on the Passion of Christ from the perspective of his mother, the Virgin Mary. It was written by Ferrandini (although it was attributed to Handel for a couple of centuries), a Neopolitan composer of the late Baroque period. It is scored for strings with basso continuo and mezzo-soprano. It is a mini masterpiece; there is a lot of accompanied recitative, and the theatricality of the whole work makes one realise that, for the Italians at least, there was very little difference between writing for the opera house and writing for the church."


Monica Huggett leads Juilliard musicians performing on the Juilliard415 ENSEMBLE concert: flutist Emi Ferguson; oboists Luke Conklin and Priscilla Smith; bassoonist Julia Marion; violinists Liv Heym, Grace Kang, Joan Plana; Adriane Post, Beth Wenstrom; violists Eva Gerard and Will Frampton; cellists Ezra Seltzer and Beiliang Zhu; and Jeffrey Grossman and Aya Hamada on harpsichord.


About Monica Huggett


Monica Huggett (violin, artistic director of Historical Performance at Juilliard) is world-renowned for her expressive and impassioned performances. She currently is artistic director of the Portland (Oregon) Baroque Orchestra and the Irish Baroque Orchestra based in Dublin. Ms. Huggett became artistic director of The Juilliard School's Historical Performance program on July 1, 2008.


During the past four decades, she has co-founded, with Ton Koopman, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra; founded her own London-based ensemble, Sonnerie; worked with Christopher Hogwood at the Academy of Ancient Music, and with Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert; and toured the United States in concert with James Galway. Ms. Huggett has served as guest director of the Arion Baroque Orchestra, Montreal; Tafelmusik, Toronto; the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco; the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra; Orquestra Barroca de Sevilla; and Concerto Copenhagen. She also performs frequently as a solo violinist all over the world.


Education of young performers is important to Ms. Huggett, who has given master classes in Banff, Dartington, Vicenza, Dublin, The Hague, and Medellín; and has been professor of Baroque violin at the Hochschule für Künste, Bremen. Ms. Huggett holds an honorary fellowship in the Royal Academy of Music. Her expertise in the musical and social history of the Baroque Era is unparalleled among performing musicians. This huge body of knowledge and understanding, coupled with her unique interpretation of Baroque music, has made her an invaluable resource to students of the Baroque violin. Ms. Huggett, along with Historical Performance faculty member Gonzalo Ruiz, was nominated last year for a Grammy award their recording with Ensemble Sonnerie of J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suites. Among her prizes are Gramophone magazine's Editor's Choice Award, 1997, for J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin; the Vantaa Baroque Energy Prize (Finland), 2005; and Gramophone's Best Instrumental Recording Award for Heinrich Biber's Violin Sonatas, 2002. Ms. Huggett's discography numbers in the hundreds and is on various labels - EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Philips Virgin, Erato, and Decca. She currently is working on reviving some of these recordings, which now are out of print.


Born in London, Ms. Huggett began her violin studies at age six and entered the Royal Academy of Music in London at age sixteen, where she was a student of Manoug Parikian. It was there that she discovered her affinity for Baroque violin and the performance of period music.


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 a 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 will select 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. Cecelia's Day, HWV 89

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 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