Juilliard Collaborates with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Joint Concert with Orchestras from Both Schools on Monday, October 18 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall

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On Monday, October 18 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall, The Juilliard School collaborates for the first time with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Orchestra (SCMO) from Australia on their debut visit to the United States. Juilliard is their first stop in an orchestra tour - and the only East Coast venue - for the Sydney orchestra. After Juilliard, the SCMO will give concerts in San Francisco, CA and Boulder, Colorado. Juilliard has only once joined forces with another music school in this way, with London's Royal Academy of Music at the 2005 BBC Proms. Juilliard invited the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2009 after their well-received Chamber Orchestra tour of Europe. (That tour included concerts in Manchester, England; Genoa; Lausanne; Salzburg and Vienna.)

On welcoming the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi said: "All the members of the Juilliard community are very pleased to realize a musical collaboration with the orchestra of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. These types of collaborative artistic activities are essential for the growth of young artists around the world. We look forward to having the opportunity to get to know our colleagues from Sydney on a personal and artistic basis. We know that we will all produce a wonderful concert during our time together in New York."

SCM Dean and Principal Kim Walker responded: "Juilliard's reputation is phenomenal! For our young Australian performers, playing alongside Juilliard's brilliant musicians will be a life-changing experience. It will broaden their horizons and open all sorts of doors for them in their future careers. They're so thrilled to have this opportunity: it will do wonders for their self-belief and confidence."

Conductors James DePreist and Imre Palló lead a work of their choosing with the orchestra of the other conservatory, as well as a joint orchestra made up of students from each conservatory. The program features: American composer William Schuman's American Festival Overture (performed jointly with Palló conducting); Dello Joio's Meditations on Ecclesiastes (SCMO with DePreist conducting); Australian composer Richard Mills' Sequenzas/Concertante (Juilliard with Palló conducting); and Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (performed jointly with DePreist conducting).

FREE tickets to this concert will be available beginning October 4 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM - 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Composer Richard Mills is one of Australia's most sought after composers and music directors and is now in the forefront of senior Australian composers. Mr. Mills conducts all the major orchestras in Australia and regularly performs in major Australian festivals. Currently, he is artistic director of the West Australian Opera, a post he has held since 1997.

Opera Australia will perform Mills' For the Love of The Nightingale in the spring of 2012, and his Organ Concerto will have its premiere with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in August 2012. He will be conducting West Australia Opera's co-production of Richard Strauss' Elektra in 2012 and Wagner's 15-hour Ring Cycle at the State Theater in 2013.

Mr. Mills' work, Sequenzas/Concertante was commissioned by the Queensland Theatre Orchestra for its 10th anniversary concert series in 1986. The composer says of the work:

"The work is in nine sections: seven sequenzas, a prelude and postlude. Structurally, the piece is best described as a ‘chain form,' individual segments relating to both preceding thematic elements which characterize the whole piece. The repertoire of gestures from which the movements are constructed is contained in the prelude: each sequenza is based on one or more elements of this repertoire, reforming and developing them to arrive at new perspectives on the material of the prelude."

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music continues the other legs of their 3-concert tour with concerts at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on October 22 and the College of Music of the University of Colorado at Boulder on October 26.

James DePreist is director of conducting and orchestral Studies at Juilliard and the newly-named artistic advisor to the Pasadena Symphony and Pops. He is laureate music director of the Oregon Symphony and served as permanent conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra from 2005 until 2008. As a guest conductor, Mr. DePreist has appeared with every major North American orchestra, and internationally, he has conducted in Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Manchester, Melbourne, Munich, Prague, Rome, Rotterdam, Seoul, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Vienna. He made his London debut with the London Symphony at the Barbican Centre in April 2005. 

Mr. DePreist returns to the Aspen Music Festival in August 2010. In addition to Aspen, he appears regularly with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Music Center, and the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

With more than 50 recordings to his credit, Mr. DePreist has a substantial discography. His varied recorded repertoire includes a celebrated Shostakovich series with the Helsinki Philharmonic and 15 recordings with the Oregon Symphony which have helped establish that orchestra as first rank.

Mr. DePreist has been awarded 13 honorary doctorates and is the author of two books of poetry. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and is a recipient of the Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland, the Medal of the City of Québec and is an Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit of Monaco. In 2005, James DePreist was presented with the Presidential National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence.

Imre Palló, chair of conducting and opera production at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, has a career that spans continents and decades. His guest conducting engagements in the orchestral field have included the National Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio and Television, Bayerische Staatskapelle, Lisbon Radio Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.

His operatic guest conducting appearances in the United States and Canada include the Connecticut Grand Opera, Portland Opera, Canadian Opera, Philadelphia Opera, Manitoba Opera, Edmonton Opera, St. Louis Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Calgary Opera, New Orleans Opera, Cleveland Opera, and the New York City Opera.

Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1941, his father Imre Palló, Sr., was a leading baritone in the Hungarian State Opera for 50 years and director of the company for four years. The composer Zoltán Kodály was an intimate friend of the Palló family and young Palló's godfather. Kodaly was very influential in Mr. Palló's early musical training and education.


Juilliard Orchestra

2010-2011Calendar of Events

Monday, October 18, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard Orchestra with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Orchestra

James DePreist and Imre Palló, Conductors

Schuman - American Festival Overture (Imre Palló conducting)

Dello Joio - Meditations on Ecclesiastes (James DePreist conducting)

Richard Mills - Sequenzas/Concertante (Imre Palló conducting)

Britten - Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (James DePreist conducting)

Monday, October 25, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Jeffrey Kahane, Conductor

Kodaly - Dances of Galanta

Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453

Brahms - Symphony No. 1

Thursday, November 18, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

James DePreist, Conductor

Barber - Symphony No. 1

Martinů - Oboe Concerto

Beethoven - Symphony No. 6

Monday, November 22, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Nicholas McGegan, Conductor

Handel - Organ Concerto Op. 4, No. 1 in G Minor

Haydn - Symphony No. 100, "Military"

Elgar - Wand of Youth Suite, No. 1, Op. 1a

Britten - Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Monday, December 6, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Xian Zhang, Conductor

Webern - Passacaglia, Op. 1

Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K. 364

Schuman/Mahler - Symphony No. 4

December 13, 2010, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor

Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3

Ravel - Daphnis et Chloe (complete)

Friday, January 28, 2011, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

FOCUS! 2011

Polish Modern: New Directions in Polish Music Since 1945

Jeffrey Milarsky, Conductor

All-Lutoslawski program

Overture for Strings

Cello Concerto

Partita for Violin

Symphony No. 4

Friday, February 18, 2011, 8 PM, Carnegie Hall

John Adams, Conductor

Strauss - Don Juan, Op. 20

Bartók - Dance Suite

Adams - City Noir

Friday, March 25, 2011, 8 PM, Avery Fisher Hall

James DePreist, Conductor

Berg - Violin Concerto

Mahler - Symphony No. 5

Friday, April 1, 2011, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Jeffrey Milarsky, Conductor

Music of Juilliard student composers

Friday, April 15, 2011, 8 PM, Avery Fisher Hall

Alan Gilbert, Conductor

Mahler - Symphony No. 9

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 (8 PM), Friday, April 29, 2011 (8 PM), Sunday, May 1, 2011 (2 PM), Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Juilliard Opera

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Conductor

Ravel - L'heure Espagnole

Puccini - Gianni Schicci

Thursday, May 19, 2011, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Commencement Concert

James DePreist, Conductor

Brahms - Violin Concerto

Saint-Saens - Symphony No. 3, "Organ"


FREE tickets are required for Orchestra concerts in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater and
Alice Tully Hall and are available two weeks prior to performances. For more information, call the Juilliard Box Office at (212) 769-7406 or visit the Web site at www.juilliard.edu.

Tickets for the Avery Fisher Hall concert are $30 (orchestra level) and $15 (2nd tier level) and are available at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, through CenterCharge, (212) 721-6500, or purchased online at www.lincolncenter.org, approximately five weeks prior to each performance. FREE tickets for students and seniors are available at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office; TDF is accepted.

Tickets for Carnegie Hall concerts are $30 (parquet, 1st and 2nd tiers) and $15 (dress circle and balcony) and available through the Carnegie Hall Box Office, CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org. Half-price tickets for students and seniors are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.


Juilliard Orchestra concerts will take place at the following venues:

Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Enter at 155 West 65th Street.

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway and 65th Street

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway and 65th Street

Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and 7th Av