Pleasure is the Law, a mixed ensemble featuring flutist Nadine Asin, oboist Elaine Douvas, cellist Darrett Adkins, and harpsichordist/pianist Steven Beck, performs works by Elliott Carter, Madeleine Dring, Haydn, Ilja Hurník, and Telemannon Thursday, November 10 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall. Ms. Douvas and Mr. Adkins are members of Juilliard’s faculty; and Mr. Adkins, Ms. Asin and Mr. Beck are alumni of Juilliard. The ensemble is devoted to the exploration of contemporary repertoire composed for this traditional Baroque combination. Combining an unusual mix of 18th century colors with 20th century techniques, these players demonstrate comfort in both worlds. The group’s CD, produced by Boston Records in 2009, includes repertoire by Elliott Carter, Frank Martin, Ilja Hurník, and the premiere recording of Feast Day by Peter Lieberson. They take their name and inspiration from the following quote from composer Claude Debussy: “Some people wish above all to conform to the rules. I wish only to render what I can hear. There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law.”
The November 10th program, which is part of Juilliard’s Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Series, features Ilja Hurník’s Sonata da Camera (1953); Haydn’s Trio in G Major for flute, cello, and piano, Hob. XV:15; Madeleine Dring’s Trio for flute, oboe, and piano (1968); Telemann’s Quartet in D Minor from Tafelmusik, TWV 43:d1; and Elliott Carter’s Sonata for flute, oboe, cello, and harpsichord (1952).
FREE tickets will be available beginning October 27 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office. 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.
Flutist Nadine Asin, an alumna of Juilliard, is one of today’s foremost flutists and active advocates for new repertoire for the instrument. She leads a varied career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and master pedagogue. Ms. Asin has appeared with some of the world’s finest ensembles and conductors, including the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She has served as principal flute of the American Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, 92nd Y Chamber Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, and St. Bart’s Music Festival. In 1998, she performed and recorded the world premiere ofEnchanted Orbits, a concerto for flute and chamber orchestra written for her by Augusta Read Thomas. She also commissioned and premiered After Hours for flute and piano, written for her by David Schiff. Ms. Asin has recorded Aaron Avshamalov’s Flute Concerto for the Naxos label. She has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She currently is a faculty member of Bard College Conservatory of Music. An active commercial recording artist, she can be heard on the soundtrack of True Grit and the upcoming Tower Heist.
Juilliard faculty member, oboist Elaine Douvas, has been principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1977. Her career highlights include the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under James Levine, and Dutilleux’s Les Citationswith the Met Chamber Ensemble. Her solo CD is issued by Boston Records, and Oboe Divas, with oboist Emily Pailthorpe, appears on the Oboe Classics label. Ms. Douvas has served as oboe instructor at Juilliard since 1982 and was appointed chair of the woodwind department in 1997. During the summers, she is an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and teaches three intensive one-week oboe seminars at Interlochen in Interlochen, Michigan, Le Domaine Forget Academie in Quebec, and the Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel, California. Her students hold positions in numerous orchestras and university faculties, and her three albums of demonstration and written commentary for Music Minus One are used by teachers and students throughout the country. Ms. Douvas trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music under John Mack and at Interlochen. Her first job was principal oboe of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Shaw.
Juilliard faculty member and alumnus, cellist Darrett Adkins, has received wide critical acclaim for his performances. He has given many important first performances of new works, including the New York premiere and Naxos recording of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XIV, the American premiere of Donatoni’s concerto Le Ruisseau sur l’escalier with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the world premiere of Andrew Mead’s Cello Concerto, and the American premiere of Rolf Wallin’s Ground at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. During his tenure with the Flux Quartet, he gave the first complete performance of Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 2, lasting six continuous hours and later recorded for Mode Records. No stranger to the standard repertoire, Mr. Adkins has performed concertos with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional - UFF in Brazil, the North Carolina Symphony, and the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. His recording of duos by Ravel, Kodály, and Sessions on Engine Company Records was the top seller on EMusic.com and among the top 10 classical recordings on Amazon.com. He is on the cello and chamber music faculties of Juilliard, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
A graduate of Juilliard, harpsichordist/pianist Steven Beck made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in 1995 at the age of sixteen. He has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble and has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Steinway Hall, and WNYC. Mr. Beck’s summer appearances have included the Aspen Music Festival and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. He performs regularly at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, New York, where he recently presented all 32 of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. He has also played with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the New York City Ballet. Mr. Beck has worked with composers Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux, George Perle,
Poul Ruders, and Charles Wuorinen. Last season, he performed the world premiere of Wuorinen’s Metagong for two pianos and percussions and the U.S. premieres of works by Boulez and Hans Abrahamsen. Mr. Beck has appeared with ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, Speculum Musicae, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and the Manhattan and Pacifica String Quartets, as well as with the notorious Knights of the Many-Sided Table. His discography includes newly discovered works by Beethoven on Monument Records and a recording of
Elliott Carter’s Double Concerto on Albany Records. His recording, Places of the Spirit with flutist Paula Robison, won the Classical Recording Foundation’s Samuel Sanders Award for 2008.
Thursday, November 10 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall (155 West 65th Street)
Juilliard’s Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series
PLEASURE IS THE LAW
(Featuring Nadine Asin, flute; Elaine Douvas, oboe; Darrett Adkins, cello; Steven Beck, harpsichord/piano)
Ilja Hurnik – Sonata da Camera (1953)
Franz Joseph Haydn – Trio in G Major for flute, cello and piano, Hob. XV:15
Madeleine Dring – Trio for flute, oboe, and piano (1968)
Telemann – Quartet in D Minor from Tafelmusik, TWV 43:d1
Elliott Carter – Sonata for flute, oboe, cello, and harpsichord (1952)
FREE tickets will be available beginning October 27 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office.
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.