Juilliard 2021-22: The Return of the Performance Season

Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
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Barbara Hannigan conducting the Juilliard Orchestra
Barbara Hannigan conducted the Juilliard Orchestra on September 10

It’s so exciting to be returning to having performances at Juilliard!

For the time being, faculty, staff, and students who have approved access to the building are welcome to attend performances. We hope to be able to admit members of the general public who are fully vaccinated to performances later this fall, but in the meantime, many are being streamed. For more details (and more performances) go to juilliard.edu/calendar.

And without further ado, here are some of the highlights of this year’s performances from October through May. All of them take place at Juilliard unless otherwise noted.

Juilliard Orchestra

Jeffrey Milarsky conducts Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, L. Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps (Of a Spring Morning), and Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole (Oct. 14)

Xian Zhang conducts Qigang Chen’s L’Eloignement, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade (Oct. 25)

Antonio Pappano conducts Walton’s Viola Concerto, Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade in A Minor, and Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben (Nov. 15)

John Adams conducts Steve Reich’s Three Movements for Orchestra; Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 in E Minor (Nov. 22)

Jeffrey Milarsky conducts works by student composers (Dec. 10, Apr. 18)

Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Carlos Simon’s Fate Now Conquers, and Falla’s El sombrero de tres picos (Jan. 15)

Focus Festival closing concert (Jan. 28; see New Music)

Kevin John Edusei conducts Samy Moussa’s Crimson, Korngold’s Violin Concerto, and Stravinsky’s Firebird (Feb. 19)

David Robertson conducts Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, and Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra (Feb. 23 at Carnegie Hall)

Barbara Hannigan conducts Haydn’s “Representation of Chaos” from The Creation and Symphony No. 26 in D Minor “Lamentatione,” Vivier’s Lonely Child, Busoni’s Berceuse élégiaque, and Debussy’s La damoiselle élue (Mar. 31)

Juilliard Commencement Concert (May 19)

Chamber Music, Ensembles, and Recitals

Saidenberg Faculty Recitals

  • Catherine Cho, Hsin-Yun Huang, Natasha Brofsky, and Robert McDonald (Oct. 12)
  • William Short, bassoon (Jan. 13)
  • Joseph Lin, violin; Helen Huang, piano (Jan. 20, Mar. 26)

Chamber Music Wednesday at One (Oct. 27, Apr. 27)

Ensemble Connect (Nov. 4, Jan. 18, Mar, 15, May 24)

American Brass Quintet works by Nina C. Young, Don York, Gabrieli, and more (Nov. 9)

Gerschen Cohen Violin Recital Stella Chen, violin (Nov. 10 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall)

Juilliard Percussion Ensemble works by Steve Mackey (Nov. 20); Wednesday at One (Mar. 23)

Honors Chamber Music (Nov. 29, Apr. 29)

Juilliard String Quartet works by Beethoven and Jörg Widmann (Nov. 30); works by Mendelssohn, Eleanor Alberga, and Ravel (Apr. 14)

Lab Orchestra led by Juilliard conducting students, Wednesdays at One (Dec. 8, Apr. 13)

Leo B. Ruiz Memorial Recital Sophia Bacelar, viola (Dec. 8 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall)

Juilliard Chamber Orchestra plays Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major, Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony, and Tower’s Made in America (Dec. 9)

ChamberFest (Jan. 10–12)

Organ department recital (Apr. 7 at Brick Presbyterian Church)

Lisa Arnhold Memorial Concert Ulysses Quartet, Juilliard’s graduate string quartet in residence (May 11)


Fourth-Year Productions

  • God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz, directed by Jackson Gay (Oct. 6–10)
  • Stick Fly by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Derrick Sanders (Nov. 4–8)
  • Indecent by Paula Vogel, directed by Maggie Burrows (Dec. 9–13)

Third-Year Productions

  • Bulrusher, by Eisa Davis, directed by taneisha duggan (Oct. 12–17)
  • Passage by Christopher Chen, directed by Dawn Akemi Saito (Oct. 13–17)
  • Third-year heightened text production (May 4–8)

Houghton Playwrights Festival (Dec. 4–6, 10–12)

Student-initiated work (Nov. 20–21)

A Musical Evening of Cabaret directed by Deborah Lapidus (Feb. 9–15)

Vocal Arts

Juilliard Songfest curated and performed by Brian Zeger with Juilliard singers (Dec. 6)

New York Festival of Song at Juilliard (Jan. 12)

Vocal Arts Honors Recital (Mar. 17)

Third-Year Recitals (Mar. 22)

Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital Mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey and pianist Brian Zeger (Apr. 4)

Juilliard Opera

Luigi Rossi’s Orfeo with Juilliard415 conducted by Avi Stein and directed by Mary Birnbaum (Nov. 10, 12, 14)

Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress directed by Louisa Muller (Feb. 16, 18, 20)

Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor) with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Christian Reif and directed by Tara Faircloth (Apr. 18, 21, 24)


Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

Standards Revisited: Celebrating the Legacy of Juilliard Jazz (Oct. 30)

Trumpet Playing Arrangers: Eddie Sauter, Neal Hefti, Gerald Wilson, and Charles Tolliver (Dec. 14)

The Clave Over Time: From Jelly Roll Morton to Today (Jan. 15)

Performing with the Juilliard Orchestra under David Robertson at Carnegie Hall (Feb. 23; see Juilliard Orchestra)

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles

The Hot Five and Hot Sevens (Oct. 5)

The Latin Tinge: Eddie Palmeri and Chico O-Farrill (Oct. 24)

Music Inspired by Minton’s: Gillespie, Monk, Parker, and Their Disciples. (Nov. 16)

In the House on This Morning: Music From the Church (Dec. 7)

What We Hear: Student Compositions (Mar. 29)

Jazz Ensembles (Apr. 12)


Composers and Choreographers aka ChoreoComp (Nov. 19–20)

New Dances: Edition 2021 world premieres created for Juilliard dancers by Caili Quan (first-years), Rena Butler (second-years), alumnus Norbert De La Cruz III (third-years), and Justin Peck (fourth-years) (Dec. 8–12)

Juilliard Spring Dances Trisha Brown’s Set and Reset/Reset, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s Shelter, and Aszure Barton’s return to patience (Mar. 23–26)

Senior Dance Production (Apr. 22–24)

Choreographic Honors (May 13–14)

Senior Graduation Concert (May 16)

Juilliard415 (Historical Performance)

Masaaki Suzuki conducts Juilliard415 in a program of Bach concertos and suites (Oct. 16)

Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Juilliard415 in works by Gossec, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Mozart, and Haydn (Nov. 6)

Luigi Rossi’s Orfeo (Nov. 10, 12, 14; see Vocal Arts)

Rachel Podger, violin, directs Juilliard415 in Wonders of the Italian Baroque, presented by Music Before 1800 (Dec. 5)

Richard Egarr conducts Juilliard415 and Philharmonia Baroque in Bach’s Mass in B Minor (Jan. 29)

William Christie conducts Juilliard415 in works by Handel (Feb. 24)

Paul Agnew conducts Juilliard415 and Royal Early Music of the Hague in C.P.E. Bach’s oratorio Die Israeliten in der Wüste (Mar. 28)

A MAP of the World Juilliard415 and MAP students perform a new work composed and conducted by Francisco Nuñez (May 15)

Tuesdays at Twelve chamber music concerts at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 65th Street and Central Park West (Oct. 19, Dec. 14, Feb. 15, May 10)

New Music

AXIOM conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky

Boulez’ Mémoriale, Alvin Singleton’s Again, Messiaen’s Sept Haïkaï, and more (Oct. 29)

Thomas Adès’ The Origin of the Harp, Jeffrey Mumford’s a garden of flourishing paths, and Carter’s Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano (Jan. 31)

AXIOM performs as part of the citywide Afrofuturism Festival (Feb. 17)

New Juilliard Ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs

Works by Roberto Sierra, Gabriela Ortiz, and more (Nov. 8)

Works by Diana Syrse, Paul Frehner, Jin Ping, and Xu Yangfan (Apr. 11)

Focus 2022 | “Maple Leaf Rag” to the Prepared Piano: Creating an American Music, 1899 to 1948 (Jan. 21-28)

  • Joel Sachs conducts the New Juilliard Ensemble (Jan. 21)
  • Chamber concerts (Jan. 24–27)
  • Mei-Ann Chen conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in Joplin’s Overture to Treemonisha, Price’s Violin Concerto No. 1, Ives’ Symphony No. 2, and more (Jan. 28)

Preparatory Division

Preparatory Division Faculty Recitals

  • Alan Kay, clarinet (Oct. 9)
  • Elizabeth Chang, violin and viola (Oct. 23)
  • Matthew Odell, piano (Oct. 30)
  • Luis Casal, viola (Nov. 6)
  • Francesca dePasquale, violin (Nov. 13)
  • Weston Sprott, trombone, David Krauss, trumpet, and Javier Gandara, horn (Nov. 20)
  • Ayako Neidich, clarinet (Dec. 4)
  • Joseph Lin, violin, and Helen Huang, piano (Mar. 26)


Pre-College Orchestra conducted by Adam Glaser (Nov. 20, Feb. 19, and May 21)

Pre-College String Orchestra conducted by Nico Olarte-Hayes (Dec. 18, May 14)

Pre-College Symphony conducted by Adam Glaser (Dec. 18, Apr. 30) and Daniela Candillari (Feb. 26)

Music Advancement Program (MAP)

MAP Chorus (Dec. 11 at Abyssinian Baptist Church)

MAP Wind Ensemble and Orchestra conducted by Murray Colosimo and Terry Szor (Jan. 22, Apr. 30)

A MAP of the World
Juilliard415 and MAP students perform a new work composed and conducted by Francisco Nuñez (May 14)

For more details (and more performances) go to juilliard.edu/calendar