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AXIOM, conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Milarsky, celebrates Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Juilliard alumnus Steve Reich’s 75th birthday with a concert featuring two of his works on Thursday, December 9 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. “Juilliard Plays Reich” features the composer’s Triple Quartet and Music for 18 Musicians. Mr. Reich will be coaching members of AXIOM during the rehearsal period.
FREE tickets to AXIOM’s December 9 concert will be available beginning November 24 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. 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.
The Triplet Quartet was commissioned by and is dedicated to the Kronos Quartet and had its world premiere on May 22, 1999 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. While the work can be performed along with a pre-recorded tape, AXIOM will perform the Triple Quartet with three string quartets (and no tape). Triple Quartet is in three movements (fast-slow-fast).
Music for 18 Musicians is approximately 55 minutes long. Mr. Reich says in his notes:
“Although its steady pulse and rhythmic energy relate to many of my earlier works, its instrumentation, structure and harmony are new. As to instrumentation, Music for 18 Musicians is new in the number and distribution of instruments: violin, cello, 2 clarinets doubling bass clarinet, 4 women’s voices, 4 pianos, 3 marimbas, 2 xylophones, and metallophone (vibraphone with no motor). All instruments are acoustical. The use of electronics is limited to microphones for voices and some of the instruments.”
Guest vocalists for the piece include sopranos Martha Cluver, Caroline Shaw, Mellisa Hughes, and alto Caleb Burhans.
Music for 18 Musicians had its world premiere on April 24, 1976 at Town Hall in New York by Steve Reich and Musicians.
AXIOM will be performing Steve Reich’s Drumming in May 2011 at (Le) Poisson Rouge, located at 158 Bleecker Street in downtown Manhattan. Date to be announced. For further information, go to: http://lepoissonrouge.inticketing.com/events or call (212) 228-4854.
AXIOM, one of Juilliard’s newest performing ensembles, was founded by students in 2005. The chamber ensemble, under the leadership of Jeffrey Milarsky, is dedicated to performing the masterworks of the 20th and 21st century repertoire. In the 2009-2010 season, AXIOM presented three concerts at Juilliard and a program of pieces for smaller ensemble performed at (Le) Poisson Rouge in downtown NYC. In 2009-2010, AXIOM performed works by Davidovsky, Ligeti, and Birtwistle in October; an all-John Adams program in December; and performed works by Finnish composers Magnus Lindberg and Kaija Saariaho in February. In the 2008-2009 season, AXIOM presented a tribute to Luciano Berio, a concert of Olivier Messiaen’s music, and a concert of works by John Adams, Magnus Lindberg, and Steve Reich. AXIOM was selected to collaborate with the Juilliard Dance Division as part of their Spring Dances at Juilliard performances in March 2007 and 2008. Other highlights from 2008 include two April concerts with James Conlon at John Jay College that surveyed the parallel developments in music, inside and outside the circle of influence of the Third Reich. These two programs featured the music of Poulenc, Stravinsky, Martinů, Schreker, and Antheil. In December 2007, AXIOM was the featured ensemble for Miller Theatre’s celebration of Elliott Carter’s 99th birthday, performing the New York stage premiere of his opera, What Next?
Jeffrey Milarsky is a leading conductor of contemporary music in New York City and a member of Juilliard’s conducting department. He has been the music director for AXIOM since its founding in 2005. Known for his innovative programming and wide-ranging repertoire from Bach to Xenakis, Mr. Milarsky has premiered and recorded works worldwide by contemporary composers, and led such accomplished groups as the American Composers Orchestra, MET Chamber Ensemble, the Milwaukee Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York New Music Ensemble, Manhattan Sinfonietta, Speculum Musicae, Cygnus Ensemble, Fromm Players at Harvard University, and the New York Philharmonic chamber music series. In the United States and abroad, Mr. Milarsky has premiered and recorded works by groundbreaking contemporary composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Fred Lerdahl, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Gerard Grisey, Jonathan Dawe, Tristan Murail, Ralph Shapey, Luigi Nono, Mario Davidovsky and Wolfgang Rihm. Mr. Milarsky made his debut at the New York City Opera during the 2008-2009 season.
2010-2011 Calendar of Events
Thursday, December 9, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
Guest artists: sopranos Martha Cluver, Caroline Shaw, and Mellisa Hughes and alto Caleb Burhans
“Juilliard Plays Reich”
Steve Reich - Triple Quartet
Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians
Thursday, February 24, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
This concert is part of a new Lincoln Center festival in Spring 2011. (Details will be announced in November by Lincoln Center.)
FREE tickets to these events will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard two weeks prior to performances. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.