AXIOM, led by Jeffrey Milarsky, performs Wolfgang Rihm’s Jagden und Formen (Hunts and Forms) (1995-2001) on their third and final concert of the season on Friday, February 17 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Wolfgang Rihm’s 55-minute work has been performed several times in Europe, but not much in the United States. Mr. Milarsky last conducted the work at the Miller Theatre with the Columbia Sinfonietta in 2007. The work had its world premiere on November 15, 2001 in Basel, Switzerland by Ensemble Modern, led by French conductor Dominique My.
FREE tickets will be available beginning February 3 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.
Wolfgang Rihm is a composer and professor of composition at the Music Academy in his native city of Karlsruhe, and a writer on music with several books to his name, including collections of his articles and interviews. He has composed more than 400 works, among them, operas (large-scale and chamber operas), orchestral pieces, chamber music, songs and works for solo instruments. Mr. Rihm resides in Karlsruhe and Berlin.
One of Juilliard’s newest ensembles, AXIOM, led by Music Director Jeffrey Milarsky, is dedicated to performing the masterworks of the 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. Since its debut in Avery Fisher Hall in February 2006, the group has established itself as a leading ensemble in New York City’s contemporary music scene with performances throughout Lincoln Center, in addition to frequent appearances at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, and (Le) Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village.
Recent collaborations with student artists from Juilliard Dance and Juilliard’s Music Technology Center highlight the variety of the ensemble’s groundbreaking activities. In the 2009-2010 season, AXIOM presented three concerts at Juilliard and programs featuring smaller ensembles at (Le) Poisson Rouge. 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.
About Jeffrey Milarsky
Jeffrey Milarsky is a leading conductor of contemporary music in New York City, a member of Juilliard’s conducting department and music director for AXIOM. 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, Metropolitan Opera 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, Gérard Grisey, Jonathan Dawe, Tristan Murail, Ralph Shapey, Luigi Nono, Mario Davidovsky and Wolfgang Rihm. Mr. Milarsky made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in October 2010 and with the New York City Opera during the 2008-2009 season.
Friday, February 17, 8 PM, Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
Wolfgang Rihm – Jagden und Formen (Hunts and Forms) (1995-2001)
FREE tickets to this event will be available beginning February 3 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard beginning February 3. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.