Alan Gilbert conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1, op. posth. (1907-08) with Juilliard violinist Elizabeth Fayette and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E Major, WAB 107 on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s only Carnegie Hall concert of the season. Ms. Fayette's sister, Madeline Fayette, is principal cellist for the concert.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra October 21 Carnegie Hall concert with conductor Alan Gilbert are $30 (parquet, 1st and 2nd tiers); $15 (dress circle and balcony) and are available through the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or purchased here Alan Gilbert and the Juilliard Orchestra. Half-price tickets for seniors and students are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.
Bela Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1 is a ‘lost’ work and was first performed in 1958, after its dedicatee, the violinist Stefi Geyer, had died. The first movement is an idealization of Bartók’s true love; the second movement is a more boisterous picture of Geyer.
Joseph Anton Bruckner began work on his Symphony No. 7 on September 23, 1881 and completed it on September 5, 1883. The premiere was led by conductor Arthur Nikisch with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra on December 30, 1884, and Bruckner made a few revisions after that.
On programming Bruckner, Alan Gilbert remarked: “Bruckner takes the symphonic form and luxuriates in it. He creates expanses of sound and deals with time in a very, very noble way. And for that to really work, the sound itself has to be passionate and colorful and committed from beginning to end.” For more of Alan Gilbert on Bruckner, go to Alan Gilbert Discusses Bruckner.
In addition to conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in a public concert (or opera) each season, Mr. Gilbert teaches Juilliard’s conducting students throughout the academic year, with sessions that include vital information for the student orchestral players comprising the live orchestra for each of those classes. Mr. Gilbert has conducted opera at Juilliard -- last season he conducted Mozart’s Così fan tutte -- and has coached chamber ensembles and singers.
Later in the season, Alan Gilbert conducts HK Gruber’s Gloria – a pigtale featuring AXIOM and singers affiliated with Juilliard on Thursday, May 29, 2014 (7 PM), Friday, May 30, 2014 (7 PM), and Sunday, June 1, 2014 (2 PM) in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL. For further information, go to NY PHIL BIENNIAL.
About Alan Gilbert
Alan Gilbert began his appointment as director of conducting and orchestral studies at The Juilliard School in the fall of 2011. He has been the first holder of Juilliard’s William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies since 2009. Mr. Gilbert is the principal teacher for all conducting majors at the School. Under his direction, the program is designed to create a rich and multi-faceted educational center for conductors, providing students with the necessary technical training in addition to an extensive exploration of the background and culture of music and orchestras. Through this comprehensive approach, Mr. Gilbert aims to provide students with the insight and understanding that a modern conductor needs to meet the many and diverse demands that the profession now requires. Mr. Gilbert continues as holder of the Schuman Chair in which he actively has participated in coaching and performance master classes with instrumentalists, singers, and chamber ensembles, as well as conductors.
Alan Gilbert began his tenure as music director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2009, the first native New Yorker in the post. He and the Philharmonic have introduced the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence; CONTACT!, the new-music series; and, beginning in the spring of 2014, the NY PHIL BIENNIAL. “He is building a legacy that matters and is helping to change the template for what an American orchestra can be,” The New York Times praised.
In addition to inaugurating the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, in the 2013–14 season Alan Gilbert conducts Mozart’s three final symphonies; the U.S. Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Frieze coupled with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; four world premieres; an all-Britten program celebrating the composer’s centennial; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey as the film is screened; and a staged production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel. He continues The Nielsen Project — the multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer’s symphonies and concertos, the first release of which was named by The New York Times as among the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012 — and presides over the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour. Last season’s highlights included Bach’s B-minor Mass; Ives’s Fourth Symphony; the EUROPE / SPRING 2013 tour; and the season-concluding A Dancer’s Dream, a multidisciplinary reimagining of Stravinsky’s The Fairy’s Kiss and Petrushka, created by Giants Are Small and starring New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns.
Conductor Laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Symphony Orchestra, he regularly conducts leading orchestras around the world. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut conducting John Adams’s Doctor Atomic in 2008, the DVD of which received a Grammy Award. Renée Fleming’s recent Decca recording Poèmes, on which he conducted, received a 2013 Grammy Award. His recordings have received top honors from the Chicago Tribune and Gramophone magazine. In May 2010, Mr. Gilbert received an honorary doctor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and in December 2011, Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award for his “exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers and to contemporary music.”
About Elizabeth Fayette
American violinist Elizabeth Fayette is quickly building a reputation as a soloist and chamber musician with a unique and charismatic style. Ms. Fayette has performed throughout Europe and the United States, most recently with the Houston Symphony as a prizewinner in the 2013 Ima Hogg Competition. She has also enjoyed solo performances at the Kennedy Center, Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Fayette was born into a musical family. After beginning violin studies with her mother, she entered Juilliard’s Pre-College Division as a student of Shirley Givens. She received her bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where her principal teachers were Arnold Steinhardt, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and Pamela Frank. Ms. Fayette recently completed her master of music degree at Juilliard with Sylvia Rosenberg and is continuing her studies with Ms. Rosenberg in Juilliard’s Artist Diploma program. A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Fayette has collaborated with artists such as Atar Arad, Paul Biss, Roberto Diaz, Peter Wiley, Steven Tenenbom, Robert Levin, and Joseph Silverstein. Her most recent festival appearances include the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, and the Aspen Music Festival. In summer 2014, she will attend the Marlboro Music Festival.
About the Juilliard Orchestra
Known for its versatility and vitality, the Juilliard Orchestra performs to consistently good reviews and consistently full houses in almost a dozen New York City appearances each season, and as a strong partner to Juilliard’s operatic and dance performances. Led by a roster of esteemed guest conductors and distinguished faculty, the Juilliard Orchestra performs in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher halls, legendary Carnegie Hall, and the School’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater within Juilliard’s own Lincoln Center location. Most orchestral evenings also feature a concerto performance by a Juilliard instrumentalist; major works for orchestra and voice are frequently programmed as well, and each season, one concert is dedicated to the performance of selected world premiere orchestral works submitted by Juilliard composers. The Juilliard Orchestra has toured across the United States, and to Europe, South America, and Asia, where they were the first Western conservatory ensemble allowed to visit and perform at the opening up of the People's Republic of China in 1987, and returning two decades later, in 2008.
Highlights from the past several seasons include: 2012-2013 – Alan Gilbert conducting the Met Opera/Juilliard co-production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte; Juilliard faculty member, violinist Itzhak Perlman, leading the orchestra for the first time in Avery Fisher Hall; British conductor Mark Wigglesworth closing the 2013 FOCUS! festival, The British Renaissance, with works by Britten, Knussen, Tippett, and Turnage; alumna Marin Alsop leading a Carnegie Hall concert celebrating American composer and Juilliard faculty member John Corigliano’s 75th birthday; Anne Manson leading critically-praised, fully-staged performances of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Other guest conductors were Semyon Bychkov, James Gaffigan, Edward Gardner, Jeffrey Kahane, Stephen Lord, New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Case Scaglione, alumnus Leonard Slatkin, and Emmanuel Villaume, as well as Juilliard conductors Jeffrey Milarsky, and George Stelluto.
2011-2012 – the November 2011 Western Hemisphere premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera, Kommilitonen!, a tale of 20th century youthful rebellions co-commissioned by Juilliard with the Royal Academy of Music, conducted by Anne Manson in a highly-praised series; Esa-Pekka Salonen, in his only New York appearance of the season leading works by Sibelius and Beethoven; two appearances by the Juilliard Orchestra with the Royal Academy of Music Orchestra at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York and the BBC Proms in London, performing John Adams’ City Noir, with the composer conducting; noted specialist Jane Glover leading a notable Met/Juilliard performance of Gluck’s Armide; several guest conductors leading the Juilliard Orchestra for the first time, including David Afkham, Jeffrey Kahane, Jayce Ogren, and Matthias Pintscher, plus returning conductors Emmanuel Villaume and Alan Gilbert, who soon after became Juilliard’s director of conducting and orchestral studies.
2010-2011 – Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading an outstanding program of Prokofiev and Ravel with the Juilliard Orchestra prior to becoming music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra; James Levine conducting the very first Met+Juilliard co-production, and leading the Juilliard Orchestra in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride; collaborating with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Orchestra in a joint concert led by James DePreist and Imre Palló.
2009-2010 – The Juilliard Orchestra joining Carnegie Hall’s Ancient Paths, Modern Voices festival celebrating Chinese culture, performing the world premieres of Chen Qigang’s Er Huang and Augusta Read Thomas’ Jubilee; performances led by guest conductors Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Tan Dun, Leonard Slatkin, Alan Gilbert, and Xian Zhang, who had recently led the orchestra on their return tour to China.
Monday, October 21, 8 PM, Carnegie Hall
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Elizabeth Fayette, violin
BARTÓK Violin Concerto No. 1, op. posth.
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7 in E Major, WAB 107
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra October 21 Carnegie Hall concert with conductor Alan Gilbert are $30 (parquet, 1st and 2nd tiers); $15 (dress circle and balcony) and are available through the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org. Half-price tickets for seniors and students are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.
# # #