Viol Master, Conductor, and Early Music Specialist Jordi Savall Leads a Workshop Performance with Juilliard Musicians on Saturday, May 1 at 8:30 PM in Juilliard's Willson Theater

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Viol player, conductor, and early music expert, Jordi Savall, returns to Juilliard for a workshop performance with the graduate musicians from Juilliard's new Historical Performance program culminating in a public performance on Saturday, May 1 at 8:30 PM in Juilliard's new Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater (155 West 65th Street, 3rd Floor). Jordi Savall is the director of the early music ensemble Hespèrion XXI and is known to wider audiences for his soundtrack to the film, Tous les Matins du Monde. He leads a two-day intensive residency focusing on four distinct national styles in music written during the 18th-century and the more international Francois Couperin/J.-M.Leclair ‘ideal' that would find a union using the best elements of the national styles. In Couperin's case, that was French and Italian music, demonstrated in his collection published in 1724, entitled Les Goûts réunis, translated quite literally, ‘the tastes reunited.'


Juilliard Historical Performance musicians perform Jean Baptiste Lully's Suite from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (The Bourgeois Gentleman); Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber's Battalia à 10; G.F. Handel's Concerto Grosso, No. 6, No. 6 in G Minor; and Luigi Boccherini's La Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid (Night Music of the Streets of Madrid). All of them will be completing the first year of Juilliard's two-year master of music degree program in Historical Performance.


Participating in the workshop and performance will be: Grace Kang, Joan Plana, Adriane Post, and Beth Wenstrom (violons); Elizabeth Beilman, Will Frampton, and Liv Heym (violas); Ezra Seltzer and Beiliang Zhu (cello); Andrew Arceci (bass), Jeffrey Grossman (organ, and harpsichord), Aya Hamada (organ and harpsichord); and Julia Marion (bassoon).               


A very limited number of FREE tickets will be available beginning April 16 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, located at 155 West 65th Street. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.


While in NYC, Mr. Savall will be presenting his latest project, Jerusalem - City of Heavenly and Earthly Peace, on Monday, May 3 at 7:30 PM at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. Juilliard Dean and Provost, Ara Guzelimian, will participate in a pre-concert discussion with Mr. Savall and Manuel Forcano at 6:15 PM in the Irene Diamond Education Center. For further information, go to www.lincolncenter.org.


About Jordi Savall


Jordi Savall was educated at the Barcelona Conservatory of Music (1959-65), and immediately afterwards, he began training in ancient music, collaborating with Ars Musicae and studying at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland (1968-70). In 1974, with his wife, the soprano Montserrat Figueras, and other musicians from different countries, he created Hespèrion XX. He and the ensemble rapidly came to the forefront of the interpretation of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, and created a new style of interpretation characterized by great musical vitality, and at the same time, maximum historical fidelity. After living in Switzerland for twenty years, he returned to Barcelona to found La Capella Reial de Catalunya, an ensemble dedicated to the interpretation of vocal music prior to the year 1800. Finally, in 1989, he created the Baroque and Classic orchestra, Le Concert des Nations.


Unanimously recognized as one of the main present-day interpreters of the bass viol, during these last twenty years, Mr. Savall maintained an intense schedule as concert performer and director, making more than 170 recordings and winning numerous distinctions, such as the Grand Prix de L'Académie du Disque Lyrique 1990. In 1988, Mr. Savall was designated Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. In 1990, the Generalitat of Catalunya awarded him the Creu de Saint Jordi. Since 1973, he has been a teacher at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. His work in teaching, research, and as a concert performer makes him one of the main figures in the process of revaluation of historical music which is happening in Europe these days.


About Juilliard's Historical Performance Program


Juilliard welcomed the first class of approximately 12 to 14 students into its Historical Performance program this past fall. A second class enrollment of equal size in fall 2010 will bring the program to its enrollment goal of 24 to 28 students in Baroque violin, Baroque cello, Baroque double bass/violone, Baroque flute, Baroque oboe, Baroque bassoon, and harpsichord. Focusing on performance practice of music composed from 1600 to the early-19th century, the program is open to those with period performance experience as well as those with traditional experience who are interested in the specialty. Violinist Monica Huggett, known worldwide as an expert in the field and a highly respected performer, is Artistic Director, leading a new Historical Performance faculty including early music experts Cynthia Roberts (violin and viola); Phoebe Carrai (cello); Robert Nairn (double bass/violone); Sandra Miller (flute); Gonzalo Xavier Ruiz (oboe); Dominic Teresi (bassoon); Kenneth Weiss (harpsichord) and violinist Robert Mealy (chamber music coach).