On Thursday, November 21 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall, The Juilliard String Quartet makes its first New York appearance with Roger Tapping, the newest member of the revered ensemble. Mr. Tapping was a member of the Takács Quartet for more than a decade and has been a member of the New England Conservatory’s faculty since 2005. He joined the faculty of The Juilliard School as a studio teacher and chamber music coach last month.
The November 21 program features the New York premiere of Rome Prize-winning composer Jesse Jones’ String Quartet No. 3, Whereof man cannot speak… (2013, Commissioned by The Juilliard School for the Juilliard String Quartet); Beethoven’s Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2; and Schubert’s Quartet in G Major, D. 887. The recital is part of Juilliard’s Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series. Members of the Juilliard String Quartet are Joseph Lin and Ronald Copes, violins; Roger Tapping, viola; and Joel Krosnick, cello.
Tickets at $20 are available online at www.juilliard.edu/chamber, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office; $10 senior/student tickets are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.
Jesse Jones writes this note about his String Quartet No. 3: “In his famous Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 20th-century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein coined the phrase ‘Whereof man cannot speak, thereof he must be silent.’ Growing up, I often heard a variant of this terse aphorism, usually from my mother, whose motto in life (among many others) was, ‘If you don’t know what you’re talking about, you best not say anything at all.’ This was usually her esoteric way of saying, ‘Son, you’re full of it and you know it, and you aren’t going to pull that over on me,’ but she also used it effectively to remind herself and her family that guarding both tongue and temper is smart and virtuous, especially when words fall short and emotions run high.”
“My mother died right around the time I began work on this string quartet, and in the wake of her passing I found myself experiencing many intense emotions, most of which I could not fully explain in words. It was then that I realized: one need not be silent about the inarticulable, as Wittgenstein claims; one has the option of making music! And music it was, the writing of this my third string quartet, which helped assuage those emotions of loss, heartbreak, yearning, and even anger, eventually leading to a type of catharsis and spiritual acceptance.
“‘Whereof man cannot speak ..’ is thus a musical expression of all those feelings for which I could find no words. This piece is played continuously, without pause, but can be divided into five main sections or episodes, which mirror what I would describe as my personal grief cycle: 1) a still, blurry sadness, 2) a faster fluttering of more playful memories, 3) a yearning lyricism, countered by dancing buoyancy, 4) an all-consuming frustration and anger, and finally, 5) a progression into peace and acceptance.”
Composer Jesse Jones, also a conductor and a mandolinist, is an artist of wide-ranging tastes and influences. His work has been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and has been recognized with multiple awards and fellowships, most recently receiving the Elliott Carter Rome Prize in Composition from the American Academy of Rome.
The Juilliard String Quartet performs the second of its two-recital series on Monday, February 24 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The February 24 program features Bach’s Art of the Fugue, Contrapunctus I-IV; Berg’s Lyric Suite; and Beethoven’s Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3.
About the Juilliard String Quartet
The Juilliard String Quartet continues its vibrant and pioneering tradition of music-making and teaching in the 2013/14 season, welcoming violist Roger Tapping who replaces Samuel Rhodes. Mr. Tapping joined the Quartet in a special farewell concert at Ravinia in July celebrating Mr. Rhodes’s remarkable 44 years as the Quartet’s violist.
The Juilliard String Quartet tours North America from San Francisco to New York where they play twice annually in Alice Tully Hall; at the Nasher Gallery in Dallas with guest pianist Leon Fleisher, two concerts in Philadelphia, and in Washington D.C. Major European cities include Amsterdam and Vienna. Throughout the season the Quartet presents premiere performances of a new string quartet by Rome Prize-winning composer Jesse Jones, his String Quartet No. 3, Whereof man cannot speak . . . written for and dedicated to the Juilliard String Quartet.
Since its inception in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet has made manifest the credo of founders Robert Mann and William Schuman to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces, and established masterpieces as if they were new.” They have performed more than 500 works including the premieres of more than 60 pieces by American composers, with works by the country’s finest jazz musicians among them. The Juilliard Quartet was the first ensemble to play all six Bartók quartets in the United States, and its performances of Schoenberg’s quartets helped establish the works as cornerstones of the modern string quartet canon. More recently the Quartet played and recorded the first four quartets of Elliott Carter and their latest recording, soon to be released, is Carter’s fifth and final quartet.
In recent seasons, the Juilliard String Quartet has performed at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Palacio Real in Madrid, the Cité de la musique in Paris, the Miyazaki Festival, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre, London’s Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Musica Viva Chamber Music Festival in Australia, and the Israel Festival in Jerusalem. In the United States, they have appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Festival, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.
In 2011, the JSQ and its recently appointed first violinist Joseph Lin were the subject of the film “Keeping Beethoven Contemporary” produced and released by Michael Blackwood Productions which showed the Quartet in rehearsal and performance of Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 with the original last movement, the Grosse Fuge.
The Quartet has carried the banner of the United States and The Juilliard School throughout the world, contributing to the reputation of the school as one of the world’s foremost conservatories. The Juilliard String Quartet was quartet-in-residence at the Library of Congress for more than 40 years and held a residency at Michigan State University for more than a decade. The members of the Quartet have taught master classes and seminars worldwide and lead an annual 5-day Juilliard School String Quartet Seminar working with advanced quartets selected from international auditions. Their work with graduate quartets-in-residence has been instrumental in the formation of numerous ensembles, among them the Alexander, American, Emerson, Tokyo, Brentano, Lark, St. Lawrence, Shanghai, Afiara, and Colorado String Quartets.
With more than 100 releases to its credit, the JSQ is one of the most widely recorded string quartets of our time. The Quartet’s recordings of the complete Bartók quartets, the late Beethoven quartets, the complete Schoenberg quartets, and Debussy and Ravel quartets have all received Grammy® Awards. The Quartet was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences in 1986 for its first recording of the complete Bartók quartets, and was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize in 1993 for Lifetime Achievement in the recording industry. In 2011 the Juilliard String Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to be honored by The Recording Academy (the Grammy® Awards) with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Thursday, November 21, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
Juilliard String Quartet (Members: Joseph Lin and Ronald Copes, violins; Roger Tapping, viola;
Joel Krosnick, cello)
BEETHOVEN Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
JESSE JONES String Quartet No. 3, Whereof man cannot speak… (2013, New York premiere, Commissioned by The Juilliard School for the Juilliard String Quartet)
SCHUBERT Quartet in G Major, D. 887
Presented as Part of Juilliard’s Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series
Tickets at $20 are available online at www.juilliard.edu/chamber, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office; $10 senior/student tickets are available only at the
Alice Tully Hall Box Office.