Artist-in-residence and artistic advisor, violinist Monica Huggett leads Juilliard415 in works by Mozart, Sperger, and Beethoven on Monday, December 9 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Mozart’s Overture to Le nozze di Figaro (1786) and his concert aria Bella mia fiamma…Resta, o cara, K. 528 (1787) with Juilliard soprano Hyesang Park; Johannes Matthias Sperger’s Concerto No. 18 for Double Bass in C Minor, MeiS B20 (1807) with Juilliard bassist Pippa Macmillan; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21. This concert features the first-ever performance of a large-scale Beethoven work by Juilliard415.
Tickets at $20 are available online at www.juilliard.ed/fallhistorical, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500 or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/fallhistorical.
Mozart composed his opera, Le nozze di Figaro, from 1785-86, but didn’t finish the overture until a few days before the work premiered at Vienna’s Burgtheater on May 1, 1786. This actually allowed Mozart to compose an overture that reflected the opera, and the overture references several of the high points of the opera. Figaro is considered to be one of the biggest successes of Mozart’s brief career.
Mozart’s Bella mia fiamma…Resta, o cara was written for Mozart’s friend, Czech soprano Josepha Duschek (1754-1824). Soprano Hyesang Park, a native of South Korea, is in the master of music degree program at Juilliard where she studies with Edith Bers.
Austrian double bassist and composer, Johannes Matthias Sperger, wrote more than 44 symphonies, numerous concertos including 18 concertos for the double bass, sonatas, rondos, dances, cantatas, choral works, and airs. His last double bass concerto, dated August 20, 1807, is in the key of C Minor. Sperger brought the development of technique for the double bass to a high level of achievement. Juilliard double bassist, Pippa Macmillan, a native of Britain and a master of music student in Juilliard’s Historical Performance program, is the soloist with Juilliard415.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major had its premiere on a concert that took place on April 2, 1800 that included works by Mozart and Haydn. The concert ended with Beethoven’s “new grand Symphony with full orchestra,” his Symphony No. 1.
About Monica Huggett, Artist-in-Residence and Artistic Advisor of Juilliard Historical Performance
Monica Huggett is world-renowned for her expressive and impassioned performances. She is artist-in-residence and artistic advisor of Juilliard Historical Performance and has been with the program since its inception. Ms. Huggett also is artistic director of the Portland (Oregon) Baroque Orchestra and the Irish Baroque Orchestra based in Dublin.
During the past four decades, Ms. Huggett has co-founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with Ton Koopman; founded her own London-based ensemble, Sonnerie; worked with Christopher Hogwood at the Academy of Ancient Music; worked with Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert; toured the United States in concert with James Galway; and in 2004, co-founded the Montana Baroque Festival.
Ms. Huggett has served as guest director of Arion Baroque Orchestra, Montreal; Tafelmusik, Toronto; the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Philharmonia Baroque, San Francisco; the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra; the Seville Baroque Orchestra; Concerto Copenhagen; and has been guest soloist with ensembles Helicon and Galatea; Mercury Baroque, Houston; and the Early Music Festival, Utrecht.
Among Ms. Huggett’s prizes are Gramophone magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award, 1997, for her recording of J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin; the Vantaa Baroque Energy Prize (Finland), 2005; and Gramophone’s 2002 Best Instrumental Recording Award for Heinrich Biber’s Violin Sonatas. She also received the Diapason d’Or for her recording of J.S. Bach’s Suites for a Young Prince, 2009. Her Flights of Fantasy CD, featuring early Italian chamber music and recorded with the Irish Baroque Orchestra and chamber soloists, was named the 2010 CD of the year by Alex Ross of The New Yorker.
Ms. Huggett has given master classes in Banff, Dartington, Vicenza, Dublin, The Hague, and Medellín; she has been professor of Baroque violin at the Hochschule fur Künste, Bremen and the Koninklijke Conservatorium in The Hague. Her expertise in the musical and social history of the Baroque era is unparalleled among performing musicians. This huge body of knowledge and understanding, coupled with her unique interpretation of Baroque music, has made her an invaluable resource to students of the Baroque violin.
Born in London, Ms. Huggett began her violin studies at age six and entered the Royal Academy of Music in London at age 16, where she was a student of Manoug Parikian.
Ms. Huggett holds an honorary fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
About Hyesang Park
Soprano Hyesang Park, a native of South Korea, is pursuing a master of music degree at The Juilliard School, where she studies with Edith Bers. She made her debut as Violetta in La traviata with Korea National Opera, where she also performed in L’elisir d’amore. Ms. Park has also performed in Don Giovanni, Cavelleria Rusticana, Tosca, and Un ballo in maschera with Seoul Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Park received support from and performed solos at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts and Pony Chung Hall. She trained for two years at the Korea National Opera Young Artist Program, and has performed with several orchestras throughout Korea. Ms. Park is the first place winner of both the Korea National Opera and Sejong Center for the Performing Arts Competitions, and was awarded the Minister for Culture prize in Korea. She completed her bachelor of music degree in vocal performance at Seoul National University in Korea. This season, Ms. Park participated in a master class with Sir Richard Bonynge, and will later participate in a live-streamed master class with Renée Fleming. She will also make her Juilliard Opera debut as La Fée in Cendrillon.
About Pippa Macmillan
Pippa Macmillan moved to New York in 2012 after acceptance to Juilliard's Historical Performance master of music degree program. She is studying double bass with Robert Nairn and viola da gamba with
Sarah Cunningham, and has worked with musicians including Monica Huggett and Jordi Savall at Juilliard.
Ms. Macmillan has a bachelor’s degree in Baroque double bass from the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she studied with Chi-chi Nwanoku, and played in more than 30 concerts of their Bach Cantata series.
Ms. Macmillan was a member of the Monteverdi Apprenticeship Scheme 2012-13 under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and performed with the English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique at the BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, and Leipzig Bach Festival. She performs regularly with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, including at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Edinburgh International Festival, and abroad. Ms. Macmillan has also recently performed with the Academy of Ancient Music and the English Concert, and toured performances of The Giacomo Variations, a chamber opera–play starring John Malkovich, in New York, Montreal, and Toronto.
Ms. Macmillan was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for five years, and principal double bass for three of those. She has toured three times with the European Union Youth Orchestra, once as principal double bass, performing all over Europe and in Kazakhstan. She also was a member of the 2011 European Union Baroque Orchestra, touring extensively with the orchestra for five months.
Having been raised with the Suzuki approach on piano and cello, Ms. Macmillan has trained as a Suzuki cello and Suzuki double bass teacher, and before moving to New York, maintained a busy teaching practice.
Since its founding in 2009, Juilliard415, the School’s principal period-instrument ensemble, has received critical praise for its performances of both rare and canonical works of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble, which takes its name from the pitch commonly accepted for the performance of Baroque music (A=415), performs a wide range of repertoire in a number of different guises. Depending on the repertoire, the ensemble performs with as few as four or five players for intimate chamber music programs, to as many as 30 for major cornerstones of the repertoire, most often directed by distinguished resident and guest artists.
Juilliard415 has performed with distinguished musicians such as William Christie, Ton Koopman, Harry Bicket (in a fully-staged production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea), Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, and Monica Huggett. In April 2011, the ensemble was engaged to accompany David Daniels and
Dorothea Röschmann in a concert of Handel arias and duets at Carnegie Hall. Members of Juilliard415 have twice been featured as in-studio guests on WQXR-FM, New York Public Radio, and have participated with musicians from Les Arts Florissants and the Jardin des voix in Dans les jardin de William Christie, his summer festival in Thiré, France.
Touring has become an important component of Juilliard415’s profile. In a collaborative concert with Juilliard Baroque, the ensemble traveled to Spain for a sold-out performance of the complete “Brandenburg” Concertos at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. In 2011, Juilliard415 performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour in Italy in a joint concert project with Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music led by Masaaki Suzuki. This past season, the ensemble teamed up again with Yale and Maestro Suzuki for Bach’s B-Minor Mass, with performances in New York, New Haven, the Virginia Arts Festival, and on tour in Tokyo, Kyoto, Sendai, and Singapore.
During the 2012-13 school year, Juilliard415 also performed Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with William Christie (named as one of the 10 best of the season by the New York Times), an all-Mozart program with fortepiano specialist Christoph Hammer in his Juilliard debut, an all-Rameau concert with Robert Mealy, and a performance of early German orchestral works with Jordi Savall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center, among many other engagements.
The 2013-14 season brings return visits from William Christie for Charpentier’s Actéon, Jordi Savall for a program of suites by Robert Johnson, Henry Purcell and Matthew Locke, Nicholas McGegan in a program of music from the courts of Dresden and Berlin, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 with Monica Huggett, and Richard Egarr in his Juilliard debut conducting Handel and Purcell. A centerpiece of Juilliard415’s programming in 2013-14 includes the rare opportunity to hear both Bach Passions in successive months, as well as a fully staged production of Handel’s Radamisto. Along with performances in New York, the ensemble will be presented by the Miami Bach Society and the Virginia Arts Festival.
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Monday, December 9, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
Monica Huggett, violinist/leader
Hyesang Park, soprano
Pippa Macmillan, double bass
MOZART Overture to Le nozze di Figaro (1786)
MOZART Bella mia fiamma…Resta, o cara, K. 528 (1787)
JOHANNES MATTHIAS SPERGER Concerto No. 18 for Double Bass in C Minor, MeiS B 20 (1807)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21 (1800)
Tickets at $20 are available online at www.juilliard.edu/fallhistorical, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500 or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/fallhistorical.