New Juilliard Ensemble, Led by Joel Sachs, Presents Premieres in Three Free Concerts in the 2018-19 Season and Opens Juilliard's 2019 Focus Festival

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2018
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NEW YORK –– The New Juilliard Ensemble (N.J.E.), led by founder and director Joel Sachs and now in its 26th season, celebrates the diversity of today’s music, focusing primarily on repertory of the last decade and presenting international composers who write in the most varied styles. In the 2018-19 season, Joel Sachs and the New Juilliard Ensemble will present premieres in three free concerts and open Juilliard’s 35th annual Focus festival, On the Air!: A Salute to 75 Years of International Radio Commissioning.

The opening concert on Tuesday, October 2, at 7:30pm, in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater features Josefino Chino Toledo’s (Philippines) Agos (Western Hemisphere premiere) with narrator, Juilliard actor Regina de Vera; Sunbin Kevin Kim’s (Korea/U.S.) Studies on Darkness – After Mark Rothko (2018, world premiere, commissioned by N.J.E.); Virko Baley’s (Ukraine/U.S.) Violin Concerto No. 1 (1987) with Juilliard violinist Stella Chen, in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday; and Akira Nishimura’s (Japan) Mirror of Stars (2010).

The series continues on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:30pm in Room 309 with N.J.E. performing Ursula Mamlok’s (Germany/U.S.) Sextet (1977) and Robert Sierra’s (Puerto Rico/U.S.) Octet (2014) with additional solo and chamber works performed by members of N.J.E.

Juilliard’s 2019 Focus festival, On the Air!: A Salute to 75 Years of International Radio Commissioning, takes place from Friday, January 25 to Friday, February 1. The theme celebrates the public radio stations of Europe and Canada that have contributed to the health of music by commissioning thousands of compositions since World War II. The New Juilliard Ensemble will perform on the opening night concert on Friday, January 25, at 7:30pm, in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. (Program to be announced.) Anne Manson conducts the Juilliard Orchestra on the closing night of the Focus festival on Friday, February 1, at 7:30pm, in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Betty Olivero’s (Israel) Tenuot (WDR commission); György Ligeti’s (Hungary/Germany) Lontano (Radio France commission); and Michael Tippett’s (U.K.) Symphony No. 2 (BBC commission). 

The closing concert of the series takes place on Monday, April 1, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall and features two world premieres, composed for N.J.E., by Juilliard composers Sato Matui (Japan/U.S.) and Ross Giffey; Jukka Tiensuu’s (Finland) violin concerto, Hou, with Juilliard violinist Max Tan; and Zymunt Krauze’s (Poland) Poem of Apollinaire (2016, Western Hemisphere premiere), in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday.

Ticket and Box Office Information

Tickets for New Juilliard Ensemble concerts are free and will be available beginning September 20 at juilliard.edu/calendar.

 

New Juilliard Ensemble, Led by Joel Sachs

2018-19 Calendar of Events

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 7:30pm, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

New Juilliard Ensemble

Joel Sachs, conductor

Stella Chen, violin

Regina de Vera, narrator

Josefino Chino TOLEDO (Philippines) Agos (Western Hemisphere premiere)

Sunbin Kevin KIM (Korea/U.S.) Studies on Darkness – After Mark Rothko (2018, world premiere, commission by N.J.E.)

Virko BALEY (Ukraine/U.S.) Violin Concerto No. 1 (1987) (in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday)

Akira NISHIMURA (Japan) Mirror of Stars (2010)

 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 7:30pm, Room 309 at Juilliard

New Juilliard Ensemble

Joel Sachs, conductor

Ursula MAMLOK (German/U.S.) Sextet (1977)

Roberto Sierra (Puerto Rico/U.S.) Octet (2014)

A selection of solos and chamber works will be performed by members of N.J.E.

 

Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:30pm, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Opening night of Juilliard’s 2019 Focus festival

On the Air!: A Salute to 75 Years of International Radio Commissioning

New Juilliard Ensemble

Joel Sachs, conductor

Program to be announced.

 

Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:30pm, Alice Tully Hall

Closing night of Juilliard’s 2019 Focus festival

On the Air!: A Salute to 75 Years of International Radio Commissioning

Juilliard Orchestra

Anne Manson, conductor

Betty OLIVERO (Israel) Tenuot (WDR commission)

György LIGETI (Hungary/Germany) Lontano (Radio France commission)

Michael TIPPETT (U.K.) Symphony No. 2 (BBC commission)

 

Monday, April 1, 2019, 7:30pm, Alice Tully Hall

New Juilliard Ensemble

Joel Sachs, conductor

Max Tan, violin

Sato MATSUI (Japan/U.S.) new work (2018, commissioned by N.J.E.)

Ross GRIFFEY new work (2018, commissioned by N.J.E.)

Jukka TIENSUU (Finland) Hou (2012) with violinist Max Tan

Zygmunt KRAUZE (Poland) Poem of Apollinaire (2016) (Western Hemisphere premiere) (in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday)

 

About the New Juilliard Ensemble

The New Juilliard Ensemble, led by founding director Joel Sachs and in its 26th season, presents music by a variety of international composers who write in the most diverse styles. The ensemble appears regularly at MoMA’s Summergarden and has been a featured ensemble four times at the Lincoln Center Festival. It has premiered some 100 compositions.

Concerts in the 2017-18 season included music by John Woolrich, Gerald Barry, Raminta Šerkšnytė, Akira Nishimura, Mauricio Kagel, Giya Kancheli, Shuci Wang, Liu Sola, Sunbin Kevin Kim, Kolbeinn Bjarnason, Alejandro Cardona, and Jonathan Dawe.

In 2014, the New Juilliard Ensemble collaborated with Carnegie Hall on UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa. A highlight of the 2013-14 season was a collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Bicentennial Celebration with the U.S. premieres of works by Magnus Lindberg and Judith Weir. In 2012, N.J.E. collaborated with Carnegie Hall on Voices From Latin America; in 2011, with Carnegie Hall’s Japan/NYC festival; and in 2009, with Carnegie Hall’s Ancient Paths, Modern Voices festival.

The New Juilliard Ensemble performs in Juilliard’s Focus festival; recent Focus festivals have included: China Today: A Festival of Chinese Composition (2018); Our Southern Neighbors: The Music of Latin America (2017); Milton Babbitt’s World: A Centennial Celebration (2016); and Nippon Gendai Ongaku: Japanese Music Since 1945 (2015).

About Joel Sachs

Joel Sachs, founder and director of the New Juilliard Ensemble, performs a vast range of traditional and contemporary music as conductor and pianist. As co-director of the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble Continuum, he has appeared in hundreds of performances in New York, nationally, and throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has also conducted orchestras and ensembles in Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, El Salvador, Germany, Iceland, Mexico, Switzerland, and Ukraine, and has held new music residencies in Berlin, Shanghai, London, Salzburg, Curitiba (Brazil), Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (U.K.), Helsinki, and the Banff Centre (Canadian Rockies).

One of the most active presenters of new music in New York, Dr. Sachs founded the New Juilliard Ensemble in 1993. He produces and directs Juilliard’s annual Focus festival, and he has been artistic director of Juilliard’s concerts at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) since 1993.

A member of Juilliard's music history faculty, Dr. Sachs wrote the first full biography of the American composer Henry Cowell, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. Dr. Sachs often appears on radio as a commentator on recent music and has been a regular delegate to Netherlands Music Days and other international music conferences.

A graduate of Harvard, Dr. Sachs received his PhD from Columbia University. In 2011, he was made an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard University for his work in support of new music, and received the National Gloria Artis Medal of the Polish Government for his service to Polish music. In 2002, he was given Columbia University’s Alice M. Ditson Award for his service to American music.

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New Juilliard Ensemble, Led by Joel Sachs, Presents Premieres in Three Free Concerts in the 2018-19 Season and Opens Juilliard's 2019 Focus Festival (photo by Michael DiVito)