NEW YORK –– Juilliard ChamberFest runs from Monday, January 13, through Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and features 131 Juilliard musicians in seven concerts over the course of three days. ChamberFest repertoire will include works by Arensky, Brahms, Dvořák, Enescu, Phillip Houghton, Fred Lerdahl, Alvin Lucier, Mendelssohn, alumnus Steve Reich, Schoenberg, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Walton.
Among the highlights of this season’s ChamberFest will be a performance of Alvin Lucier’s Monteverdi Shapero (2019), coached by Juilliard Creative Associate Claire Chase and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) members Joshua Rubin and Ryan Muncy, who will be joined by Juilliard Classical, Jazz and Historical Performance musicians on January 15, at 1pm in Alice Tully Hall. Monteverdi Shapero premiered in July 2019 with ICE and Ensemble Evolution at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, which commissioned the work.
Other highlights include alumnus Steve Reich’s Six Pianos (1973), coached by Juilliard piano alumnus Conor Hanick, on January 13; composer and Columbia University professor of music, Fred Lerdahl, and Juilliard faculty member, cellist Fred Sherry, will coach Juilliard musicians in Lerdahl’s Waltzes (1981) on January 14; and Juilliard musicians will be improvising and composing their own work in Global Perspectives: Improvisation and Composition, coached by Silkroad Ensemble member and cello alumnus Mike Block, on January 13.
All ChamberFest concert tickets are $10 and are available at juilliard.edu/calendar. The Wednesday at One concert in Alice Tully Hall on January 15 is free, and no tickets are required.
This year’s ChamberFest coaches are Nancy Allen, Mike Block, Natasha Brofsky (player-coach), Catherine Cho (player-coach), Claire Chase (player-coach), Daniel Druckman, Timothy Eddy, Conor Hanick, Joseph Kalichstein, Alan Kay, Fred Lerdahl, Joseph Lin, Ryan Muncy (player-coach), Samuel Rhodes, Joshua Rubin (player-coach), Fred Sherry, Laurie Smukler, Roger Tapping, and Areta Zhulla.
Natasha Brofsky, Claire Chase, Catherine Cho, Ryan Muncy, and Joshua Rubin's appearances as player-coaches constitute the third year that students are heard performing side-by-side with eminent artists in ChamberFest, now an annual tradition.
Students who participate in ChamberFest return early from winter break for a week of intensive coaching on pieces they’ve chosen to study, and they perform these works the following week in public concerts.
ChamberFest is generously supported, in part, by gifts in memory of Edwin S. Marks. These funds also established the Edwin S. and Nancy A. Marks Chair in Chamber Music Studies, which is currently held by Joseph Kalichstein.
About Chamber Music at Juilliard
Chamber music holds a prominent place in the Juilliard curriculum and performance schedule. Approximately 120 participating student ensembles receive personalized coachings from leading chamber music performers on the school’s faculty, including members of the school’s ensembles in residence: the Juilliard String Quartet and the American Brass Quintet. The Ulysses Quartet is currently Juilliard’s graduate resident string quartet. Pianist Joseph Kalichstein holds the Edwin S. and Nancy A. Marks Endowed Chair in Chamber Music Studies. Prominent ensembles that have emerged from Juilliard in recent years include the Aeolus, Afiara, Attacca, Calder, Chiara and Verona quartets; the Claremont Trio, and the Toomai String Quintet. The school’s annual weeklong ChamberFest offers select students the opportunity to participate in an intensive week of coaching with a faculty member (normally not part of their coaching schedule), followed by performance in the seven-concert ChamberFest series. Juilliard’s Honors Chamber Music Program is a rigorous year-long program for a maximum of four ensembles comprising string and piano trios and quartets. Performances by Juilliard’s student chamber ensembles take place in regularly scheduled concerts in Juilliard’s Paul Hall and Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and a variety of community venues on the Upper West Side. Many of these events are free and open to the public.
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ChamberFest 2020 Programs
Monday, January 13, 2020, 4:30pm, Paul Hall
William Walton (1902-1983) Piano Quartet in D Minor
Hee Yeon Jung, Violin; Shuhan Wang, Viola; Xinyue Zhu, Cello; Xiafu Ju, Piano
Tchaikovsky (1840-93) String Sextet in D Minor, “Souvenir de Florence,” Op. 70
Phoenix Avalon, Amy Oh, Violins; Laura Liu, Miranda Lucas, Violas; Mizuki Hayakawa, Charles Zandieh, Cellos
Monday, January 13, 2020, 7:30pm, Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Phillip Houghton (1954-2017) The Light on the Edge (1993-95, revised 2015)
Ziggy Johnston, Miles Johnston, Guitars; Tiffany Wong, Harp; Joshua Williams, Didgeridoo; Paris Myers, Bass; Mizuki Morimoto, Percussion; Nicole Cloutier, Piano
Global Perspectives: Improvisation and Composition
Pablo O’Connell, Oboe; alumnus Jonathan Miron, Violin; Yoonsoo Cha, Viola; alumnus Philip Sheegog, Cello; Markus Lang, Bass; Bolai Cao, Piano; EuiJin Jung and Simon Herron, Percussion
Steve Reich (b. 1936) Six Pianos (1973)
Derek Wang, Tengku Irfan, Adria Ye, Huan Li, Umi Garrett, Theo Rockas, Pianos
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 4:30pm Paul Hall
Mendelssohn (1809-1847) String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 87
Kevin Zhu, Coco Mi, Violins; Sam Rosenthal, Yong Ha Jung, Violas; Julia Lee, Cello
Fred Lerdahl (b. 1943) Waltzes (1981)
David Bernat, Violin; Jeremy Klein, Viola; Noah Koh, Cello; Nina Bernat, Bass
Schubert (1797-1828) Octet in F Major, D. 803
Nikki Pet, Clarinet; Morgan Davison, Bassoon; Lee Cyphers, Horn; Fanny Fhedoroff, Aniela Eddy, Violins; Jay Julio, Viola; Michael Cantu, Cello; Bennett Norris, Bass
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7:30pm, Paul Hall
Arensky (1861-1906) Piano Quintet in D Major, Op. 51
Ben Pawlak, Piano; Emma Richman, Nathan Meltzer, Violins; Devin Moore, Viola; Joshua McClendon, Cello
Schoenberg (1847-1951) Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4
Eliza Wong, Chae-Won Kim, Violins; Keoni Bolding, Devin Cowan, Violas; Daniel Hass, Raffi Boden, Cellos
Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20
Max Tan, faculty member Catherine Cho, Sophia Steger, Ranny Marta Sarc, Violins; Lisa Sung, Sarah Sung, Violas; Clara Abel, Andrew Cone, Cellos
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 1pm, Alice Tully Hall
Alvin Lucier (b. 1931) Monteverdi Shapero (2019)
Juilliard Creative Associate Claire Chase is joined by other musicians from the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) along with Juilliard Classical, Jazz and Historical Performance musicians.
Claire Chase (Juilliard Creative Associate), Mei Stone, Taya König-Tarasevich, and Kelsey Burnham, Alto Flutes; Joshua Rubin (member of ICE), Hanlin Chen, Coby Petricone-Berg, and Birsa Chatterjee, Clarinets; Ryan Muncy (member of ICE) and Nathan See, Alto Saxophones; Cornelia Sommer, Joey Lavarias, Catalina Guevara Vique, and Georgeanne Banker, Bassoons; Benjamin Keating, Trumpet (and an additional trumpet, tbd)
Steve Reich (b. 1936) Double Sextet (2009)
Audrey Emata, Viola Chan, Flutes; Sunho Song, Wonchan Doh, Clarinets; Courtenay Cleary, Carolyn Semes, Violins; Sam DeCaprio, Drake Driscoll, Cellos; QiLin Sun, Keru Zhang, Pianos; Stella Perlic, Harrison Honor, Vibes
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 4:30pm, Paul Hall
Dvořák (1841-1904) String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48
Sein An, Hannah Song, Violins; Lynn Sue-A-Quan, Isabella Bignasca, Violas; Han Lee, Elena Ariza, Cellos
Juilliard Pre-College Musicians
Schubert (1797-1828) Quartettsatz n C Minor, D. 703
Leah Armory, Serin Park, Violins; Alessandra Yang, Viola; Chelsie Lim, Cello
Enescu (1881-1955) Octet for Strings in C Major, Op. 7
Ariel Seung Hyun Lee, Grace Rosier, Gabrielle Despres, Joshua Kim, Violins; Kayla Williams, Frida Siegrist, Violas; Jenny Bahk and Dawn Song, Cello
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7:30pm, Paul Hall
Robert Schumann (1810-56) Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63
Jieming Tang, Violin; Sebastian Stöger, Cello, Johanna Bufler, Piano
Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Metamorphosen (1945)
Jeongah Choi, Haokun Liang, Violins; Cameren Anai Williams, Claire Satchwell, Violas; Wangshu Xiang, Isabella Palacpac, Cellos; Dominic Law, Bas
Brahms (1833-97) Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
Sumina Studer, Naxin Yin, Violins; Aria Cheregosha, Violas; faculty member Natasha Brofsky, Cello; Xin Hua You, Piano