Juilliard Historical Performance Celebrates 10th Anniversary With 2019-20 Season

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019
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Juilliard415 Will Be Led by Paul Agnew, Kristian Bezuidenhout, William Christie, Richard Egarr, Pablo Heras-Casado, Nicholas McGegan, Robert Mealy, Rachel Podger, Masaaki Suzuki

Season Includes International Appearances in France, Germany, and New Zealand

NEW YORK –– Juilliard Historical Performance, the school’s graduate-level, full-tuition scholarship program for early music enters its 10th anniversary season with a full schedule of concerts and tours. Its primary period-instrument ensemble, Juilliard415, will be working with distinguished artists Paul Agnew, Kristian Bezuidenhout, William Christie, Richard Egarr, Nicholas McGegan, Robert Mealy, Rachel Podger, and Masaaki Suzuki, and making his Juilliard415 debut, Pablo Heras-Casado. The season also features international appearances in Paris at the Philharmonie de Paris and in Germany at the Göttingen Handel Festival as well as a second tour of New Zealand.

The season opens with artist in residence Richard Egarr, music director of the Academy of Ancient Music and music director designate of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, conducting Juilliard415 in celebratory works by Handel and Avison/Scarlatti on Friday, October 11, 2019, at 7:30pm in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.  

Masaaki Suzuki, principal guest conductor for Yale Schola Cantorum and founder of Bach Collegium Japan, returns to conduct Juilliard415 and Yale Schola Cantorum in an all-Telemann program on Friday, November 1, 2019, in New Haven and Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 7:30pm in NYC at Alice Tully Hall. The program features the Overture in D Major, TWV 55:D23 and the rarely performed oratorio about the Day of Judgement, Der Tag des Gerichts, TWV 6:8.

The latest iteration of Juilliard415’s side-by-side collaboration with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra will take place on Sunday, November 10, 2019, in Berkeley, Calif., when Nicholas McGegan conducts the ensembles in works by Bach, Vivaldi, and Rameau.

Making his debut with Juilliard415 will be conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, principal guest conductor at Teatro Real in Madrid and director of the Granada Festival, who will lead a program inspired by the Spanish Baroque, with works by Boccherini, Juan Marcolini, and Francesco Geminiani, on Friday, November 22, 2019, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall.

In celebration of Les Arts Florissants’ 40th season and Juilliard Historical Performance’s 10th season, Juilliard415 joins forces with Les Arts Florissants at the Philharmonie de Paris for two festive programs led by conductor William Christie, Juilliard Historical Performance artist in residence, and conductor Paul Agnew. The program on Saturday, December 21, 2019, “Baroque Odyssey,” features the music of Rameau, Purcell, Lully, and Charpentier, and on Sunday, December 22, 2019, an all-Handel program includes a large-scale performance of Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351, and Water Music, HWV 348-350.

Historical Performance’s spring semester opens on Monday, February 10, 2020, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall with Nicholas McGegan conducting a program featuring Juilliard415 and the Juilliard Orchestra. The concert begins with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and the New York premiere of Sweet Pulcinella, an arrangement of the original source material that inspired Stravinsky’s ballet, Pulcinella, by faculty member Gonzalo X. Ruiz, followed by the Juilliard Orchestra performing Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks and Pulcinella Suite.

Nicholas McGegan, a fixture of the 2019-20 season, returns to conduct a concert version of Handel’s Rinaldo, HWV 7, with Juilliard415 and singers from Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts on Monday, February 17, 2020, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall. Rinaldo will be taken on tour to Germany’s Göttingen Handel Festival, where Juilliard415 makes its debut on Thursday, May 30, 2020, followed by a performance on June 2, 2020, at SPOT/De Oosterpoort in Groningen, Holland.

Juilliard415’s robust international schedule includes a 10-concert tour in early March 2020 to New Zealand led by violinist and director Robert Mealy and Juilliard415. The program, “Baroque Invention: A Tale of Two Countries,” explores the birth of the Baroque tradition in France and Italy, and includes a world premiere written for Juilliard415 by New Zealand composer Gillian Whitehead. Stateside, Juilliard415 will present this program as part of the Music Before 1800 season at Corpus Christi Church in Manhattan on Sunday, April 19, 2020.  

Violinist Rachel Podger, Juilliard Historical Performance artist in residence, returns to lead Juilliard415 in a Shakespeare-themed program featuring music by Jeremiah Clarke, John Banister, Henry Purcell, and Thomas Arne, as well as Shakespeare readings by actors from the Juilliard Drama Division on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall with a performance in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday, March 30, 2020.

Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, artistic director of the Freiburger Barockorchester and principal guest director with The English Concert, returns to headline a mini festival celebrating the music of C.P.E. Bach on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at 3pm in Alice Tully Hall. Members of Juilliard415 will also perform a C.P.E. Bach chamber music program on Sunday, April 26, 2020, at 3pm at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, as part of the Music on Madison series.

Free Lunchtime Concerts at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – Tuesdays at Twelve

Juilliard Historical Performance continues its free lunchtime concert series, Tuesdays at Twelve, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (65th Street and Central Park West). The hour-long concerts take place on Tuesdays at noon (dates to be announced) and feature chamber music performed on period instruments. The 110-year-old church is the home of the celebrated Bach Vespers series. These concerts are free, and no tickets are required. The series is an extension of Juilliard’s long-running, free lunchtime performance series that takes place during the school year on Wednesdays in Alice Tully Hall.

Residencies and Master Classes

Residencies and master classes are an important part of the Juilliard Historical Performance program and give Juilliard musicians a chance to work closely with a who’s who list of early music specialists. (Master classes to be announced at a later date.)

Juilliard's full-scholarship Historical Performance program was established and endowed in 2009 by the generous support of Bruce and Suzie Kovner.

 

2019-20 Juilliard Historical Performance
Calendar of Events

Friday, October 11, 2019, 7:30pm, Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Juilliard415
Richard Egarr, Conductor

George Frideric HANDEL Concerto Grosso in B-flat Major, Op. 3, No. 2
HANDEL Concerto grosso in A Minor, Op. 6, No. 4
AVISON/SCARLATTI Concerto grosso in A Major, No. 1
HANDEL Concerto grosso in G Major, Op. 6, No. 1
HANDEL Organ Concerto in F Major, Op. 4, No. 5
HANDEL Concerto grosso in G Major, Op. 3, No. 3
AVISON/SCARLATTI Concerto grosso in D Minor, No. 3

Friday, November 1, 2019, New Haven
Saturday, November 2, 2019, 7:30pm, Alice Tully Hall
Juilliard415
Yale Schola Cantorum
Masaaki Suzuki, Conductor

All-Telemann Program
Overture in D Major, TWV 55:D23
Der Tag des Gerichts, TWV 6:8

Sunday, November 10, 2019, Berkeley, California
Juilliard415 and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan, Conductor

J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
BACH Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066
VIVALDI Violin Concerto for Double Orchestra
RAMEAU Suite from Castor et Pollux

Friday, November 22, 2019, 7:30pm, Alice Tully Hall
Juilliard415
Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor

Spanish Baroque program with works by Boccherini, Juan Marcolini, and Francesco Geminiani.

Saturday, December 21, 2019, Philharmonie de Paris
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Les Arts Florissants and the 10th Anniversary of Juilliard Historical Performance
Juilliard415 and Les Arts Florissants
William Christie and Paul Agnew, Conductors

“Baroque Odyssey”

Sunday, December 22, 2019, Philharmonie de Paris
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Les Arts Florissants and the 10th Anniversary of Juilliard Historical Performance
Juilliard415 and Les Arts Florissants
William Christie and Paul Agnew, Conductors

All-Handel Program
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351
Water Music, HWV 348-350

Monday, February 10, 2020, 7:30pm, Alice Tully Hall
Juilliard415 and the Juilliard Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan, Condctor

J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Gonzalo X. RUIZ Sweet Pulcinella (New York premiere)
STRAVINSKY Dumbarton Oaks
STRAVINSKY Pulcinella Suite

Monday, February 17, 2020, 7:30pm, Alice Tully Hall
Juilliard415 and Singers from Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts
Nicholas McGegan, Conductor

HANDEL Rinaldo, HWV 7 (concert version)

Early March 2020 – New Zealand Tour
Robert Mealy, Violin and Director

George Frideric HANDEL Overture to Il trionfo del tempo
Jean Baptiste LULLY Suite from Thésée
Antonio VIVALDI Concerto in D Major for two violins and two cellos, RV 564
Arcangelo CORELLI Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 8
Gillian WHITEHEAD (world premiere)
Jean-Phillipe RAMEAU Suite from Dardanus

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 7:30pm, Alice Tully Hall
Monday, March 30, 2020, Buffalo, New York, Slee Hall (chamber music)
Juilliard415
Rachel Podger, Violin and Director

Music by Jeremiah Clarke, Matthew Locke, Pelham Humphrey, John Banister, Henry Purcell, J.C. Smith, Thomas Arne, and Thomas Chilcot, as well as Shakespeare readings by actors from Juilliard’s Drama Division

Sunday, April 19, 2020, Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st Street, NYC
Music Before 1800
Juilliard415
Robert Mealy, Violin and Director

“Baroque Invention: A Tale of Two Countries”

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 3pm, Alice Tully Hall
Juilliard415
Kristian Bezuidenhout, Fortepiano and Director

All-C.P.E. Bach Program
A string symphony from Wq 182
Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq 172
Concerto for Harpsichord and Fortepiano, Wq 47
Hamburg Symphonies from Wq 183

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 3pm, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Avenue, NYC
Juilliard415

C.P.E. Bach Program

Thursday, May 28, 2020, Göttingen Handel Festival
Juilliard415 and Singers from Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts
Nicholas McGegan, Conductor

HANDEL Rinaldo, HWV 7 (concert version)

Ticket and Box Office Information
Tickets for Juilliard Historical Performance concerts in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater and concerts in Paul Hall are $20 ($10 for full-time students with a valid ID) and will be available September 19, 2019, at juilliard.edu/calendar or in person at the Juilliard Box Office.

Tickets for Alice Tully Hall concerts are $20 and will be available September 19, 2019, at juilliard.edu/calendar, through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Full-time students with valid ID may purchase tickets for $10, only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.

Ticket information for off-campus, including national and international tours, may be obtained on venue websites.

About Juilliard415
Since its founding in 2009, Juilliard415, the school’s principal period-instrument ensemble, has made significant contributions to musical life in New York and beyond, bringing major figures in the field of early music to lead performances of both rare and canonical works of the 17th and 18th centuries. The many distinguished guests who have led Juilliard415 include Harry Bicket, William Christie, Monica Huggett, Ton Koopman, Nicholas McGegan, Rachel Podger, Jordi Savall, and Masaaki Suzuki.

Juilliard415 tours extensively in the U.S. and abroad, having performed on five continents with notable appearances at the Boston Early Music Festival, Leipzig Bachfest, and Utrecht Early Music Festival (where Juilliard was the first-ever conservatory in residence), and on a 10-concert tour of New Zealand. With its frequent musical collaborator, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the ensemble has played throughout Italy, Japan, Southeast Asia, the U.K., and India.

Juilliard415, which takes its name from the pitch commonly associated with the performance of Baroque music, A=415, has performed major oratorios and fully staged productions: Handel’s Agrippina and Radamisto; Bach’s Matthew and John Passions; Cavalli’s La Calisto; Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; and performances in the U.S. and Holland of Bach’s Mass in B Minor conducted by Ton Koopman. In the 2017-18 season, the ensemble made an appearance in Bolivia, in a tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that marked the ensemble’s South America debut. The 2017-18 season was notable for the Juilliard debuts of the rising conductor Jonathan Cohen and the Belgian vocal ensemble Vox Luminis, a side-by-side collaboration with Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, as well as return visits by Rachel Podger, William Christie, an all-Bach concert with Maestro Suzuki, and the rare opportunity to see a fully-staged production of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. The 2018-19 season included international performances in Canada, London, Versailles, and throughout Scandinavia. In New York, Juilliard415 welcomed Paul Agnew and Alfredo Bernardini for their Juilliard debuts.

Entering its 10th anniversary season in 2019-20, Juilliard415 will be led by Paul Agnew, Kristian Bezuidenhout, William Christie, Richard Egarr, Nicholas McGegan, Rachel Podger, Masaaki Suzuki, and Juilliard Historical Performance director Robert Mealy, and making his Juilliard415 debut will be Pablo Heras-Casado. The 2019-20 season takes Juilliard415 to Paris for performances at the Philharmonie de Paris, to Germany for the Göttingen Handel Festival, and on a second tour of New Zealand.

About Juilliard Historical Performance
Juilliard’s full-scholarship Historical Performance program offers comprehensive study and performance of music from the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. Established and endowed in 2009 by the generous support of Bruce and Suzie Kovner, the program is open to candidates for the Master of Music, Graduate Diploma, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. A high-profile concert season of opera, orchestral, and chamber music is augmented by a performance-oriented curriculum that fosters an informed understanding of the many issues unique to period-instrument performance at the level of technical excellence and musical integrity for which Juilliard is renowned. The faculty comprises many of the leading performers and scholars in the field. Frequent collaborations with Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, the integration of modern-instrument majors outside of the Historical Performance program, and national and international tours have introduced new repertoires and increased awareness of historical performance practice at Juilliard and beyond. Alumni of Juilliard Historical Performance are members of many of the leading period-instrument ensembles, including the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, Mercury, and Tafelmusik, as well as launching such new ensembles as the Sebastians, House of Time, New York Baroque Incorporated, and New Vintage Baroque.

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Juilliard415 at The Met Museum
Juilliard Historical Performance Celebrates 10th Anniversary With 2019-20 Season (photo by Paula Lobo)