Julliard Announces New Music Concerts for 2011-2012 Season

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Juilliard announces its new music concerts for the 2011-2012 season featuring the New Juilliard Ensemble, led by founder and director Joel Sachs; AXIOM, conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Milarsky; and the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Daniel Druckman. Juilliard’s FOCUS! 2012 Festival celebrates the centennial of American composer and musical philosopher, John Cage, and takes place Friday, January 27 through Friday, February 3.

The New Juilliard Ensemble (NJE), now in its 19th season and led by founder and director Joel Sachs, presents three concerts in 2011-2012 and six world premieres and closes Juilliard’s FOCUS! 2012 Festival. On Saturday, September 24 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, the New Juilliard Ensemble opens the season with Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen’s Wald (2008-9) (Western Hemisphere premiere); British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ De Assumptione Beatae Mariae Virginis (2001) (Western Hemisphere premiere); the world premiere of Chinese-American composer and Juilliard alumna, Jingjing Luo’s Tsao Shu (2011), composed for the NJE; and the world premiere of American composer Carman Moore’s Concerto for Ornette (2011).

On Tuesday, November 8 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall, the New Juilliard Ensemble performs British composer Richard Causton’s Chamber Symphony (2009) (Western Hemisphere premiere); Philip Glass’ Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra (2002); Arlene Sierra’s Colmena (2008); the world premiere of Richard Wilson’s Speculation (2011), composed for the NJE; and the world premiere of Juilliard composer Conrad Winslow’s Assorted Passions (2011), winner of NJE’s competition for student composers, composed for the NJE.

The New Juilliard Ensemble, led by Joel Sachs, closes the FOCUS! 2012 Festival: John Cage Centennial, on Friday, February 3 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall with John Cage’s
The Seasons (1947); Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra (1950-51); and Concert for Piano and Orchestra (1957-58); and other works to be announced. (Further details of the FOCUS! 2012 Festival follow later in this release.)

The New Juilliard Ensemble season concludes on Thursday, April 12 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall with the world premiere of Juilliard faculty member Manuel Sosa’s …Perpetuum… (2012), composed for the NJE; the world premiere of a new work by Juilliard composer Sun Young Park’s, winner of NJE’s competition for student composers; the world premiere of a new work by Juilliard composer Wei Chieh Lin, winner of NJE’s competition for student composers, composed for the
New Juilliard Ensemble; a work by British composer David Horne (tba); Japanese composer Toshi Ichiyanagi’s Between Space and Time (2001) (Western Hemisphere premiere); and Dutch composer Robert Nasveld’s Six Cavafy Songs for baritone and ensemble (2009) (Western Hemisphere premiere).

The first concert in the AXIOM series takes place on Thursday, October 13 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater and centers around Gerard Grisey’s Vortex Temporum (1995). On programming the concert, Mr. Milarsky writes: “Gerard Grisey is the father of Spectralism and has influenced a whole generation of fabulous composers, such as the great Magnus Lindberg, who is again the composer-in-residence at the New York Philharmonic.” AXIOM performs Magnus Lindberg’s Action-Situation-Signification (1982). AXIOM also performs Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Silbury Air (1977). Mr. Milarsky added: “Grisey and Birtwistle share some interesting rhythmic devices, but do not overlap at all in the pitch world. The Birtwistle is a famous piece for the sinfonietta-sized ensemble for which AXIOM was originally based.”

The second concert in the AXIOM series is all about contemporaries of which two are still alive. Mr. Milarsky writes: “Pierre Boulez and Elliot Carter share a special bond. Both have dedicated works to one another, and Boulez has surely conducted masterfully many of Carter’s masterpieces.” AXIOM celebrates and remembers the late American composer and Juilliard faculty member, Milton Babbitt. On Monday, December 12 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall, AXIOM performs Milton Babbit’s All Set (1957); the world premiere of Three Explorations (2010), a new work by Elliott Carter who turns 103 in December 2011; and Boulez’s Sur Incises (1998).

The AXIOM season concludes with a performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s 50-minute work, Jagden und Formen (Hunts and Forms) (1995-2001). Mr. Milarsky has conducted Wolfgang Rihm’s gargantuan work many times in Europe, but not much in the United States. He conducted the work at the Miller Theatre with the Columbia Sinfonietta in 2007.

AXIOM also presents three additional concerts at (Le) Poisson Rouge in lower Manhattan. AXIOM’s dates and programs at (Le) Poisson Rouge will be announced in the fall. (Le) Poisson Rouge is located at 158 Bleecker Street in downtown Manhattan. Tickets are $15 and available online at http://lepoissonrouge.inticketing.com/events. For further information, call (212) 228-4854.

Juilliard’s FOCUS! 2012 Festival celebrates the centennial of John Cage, arguably one of the two or three most influential composers and musical philosophers of the twentieth-century. Six concerts will give a grand overview of his accomplishments, ranging from his earliest compositions: quasi-twelve-tone works from the 1930s through the marvelous 1940s, including his works for prepared piano and percussion ensembles, the period of Cage’s dramatic experimentation in the 1950s – 1970s, to his later, melodious final period. A performance by the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, led by Daniel Druckman, will also place Cage’s percussion music in the context of works by his teacher Henry Cowell and his fellow-Cowell student and friend, Lou Harrison.

The FOCUS! 2012 Festival opens on Friday, January 27 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater with an all-Cage program; On Monday, January 30 at 8 PM, also in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Daniel Druckman leads the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble in works of Cage, Cowell, and Harrison. The Festival continues with chamber works on Tuesday, January 31 in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater at 8 PM with a 7 PM pre-concert forum; Wednesday, February 1 at 8 PM in Paul Hall featuring vocal, chamber and solo works by Cage; and Thursday, February 2 at 8 PM in Paul Hall with vocal, chamber and solo works by Cage. The Festival concludes on Friday, February 3 at 8 PM in
Alice Tully Hall with the New Juilliard Ensemble, led by Joel Sachs, in chamber orchestra compositions by John Cage.

FREE tickets to these events will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, two weeks prior to performances. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Saturday, September 24, 8 PM, The Peter Jay Sharp Theater
New Juilliard Ensemble
Joel Sachs, conductor
Hans Abrahamsen (Denmark) – Wald (2008-9) (Western Hemisphere premiere)
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (U.K.) – De Assumptione Beatae Mariae Virginis (2001) (Western Hemisphere premiere)
Jingjing Luo (China-U.S.) – Tsao Shu (2011) (world premiere, composed for the NJE)
Carman Moore (U.S.) Concerto for Ornette (2011) (world premiere)

Thursday, October 13, 8 PM, The Peter Jay Sharp Theater
AXIOM
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
Gerard Grisey – Vortex Temporum (1995)
Magnus Lindberg – Action-Situation-Signification (1982)]
Sir Harrison Birtwistle – Silbury Air (1977)

Tuesday, November 8, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
New Juilliard Ensemble
Joel Sachs, conductor
Richard Causton (U.K.) Chamber Symphony (2009) (Western Hemisphere premiere)
Philip Glass (U.S.) Concerto for harpsichord and orchestra (2002)
Arlene Sierra (U.S./U.K.) Colmena (2008)
Richard Wilson (U.S.) – Speculation (2011) (world premiere, composed for the New Juilliard Ensemble)
Conrad Winslow (U.S.) – Assorted Passions (2011) (world premiere, composed for the New Juilliard Ensemble)

Monday, December 12, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
AXIOM
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
Milton Babbitt – All Set (1957)
Elliott Carter – Three Explorations (world premiere) (2010)
Pierre Boulez – Sur Incises (1998)

FOCUS! 2012 FESTIVAL – Centennial of John Cage
Friday, January 27 – Friday, February 3

Friday, January 27, 8 PM, The Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Opening concert
All-Cage program

Monday, January 30, 8 PM, The Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Juilliard Percussion Ensemble
Daniel Druckman, director
Works by Cage, Cowell, and Harrison

Tuesday, January 31, The Peter Jay Sharp Theater
7 PM, Pre-Concert Forum
8 PM Music of John Cage

Wednesday, February 1, 8 PM, Paul Hall
Vocal, chamber and solo works by John Cage

Thursday, February 2, 8 PM, Paul Hall
Vocal, chamber and solo works by John Cage

Friday, February 3, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
New Juilliard Ensemble
Joel Sachs, conductor
John Cage – The Seasons (1947)
John Cage – Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra (1950-51)
John Cage – Concert for Piano and Orchestra (1957-58)

Friday, February 17, 8 PM, The Peter Jay Sharp Theater
AXIOM
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
Wolfgang Rihm – Jagden und Formen (1995-2001)

Thursday, April 12, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
New Juilliard Ensemble
Joel Sachs, conductor
David Horne (U.K.) – work (tba)
Toshi Ichiyanagi (Japan) Between Space and Time (2001) (Western Hemisphere premiere)
Wei Chieh Lin (China/U.S.) – new work (2012) (world premiere, composed for the New Juilliard Ensemble)
Robert Nasveld (Holland) Six Cavafy Songs for baritone and ensemble (2009) (Western Hemisphere premiere)
Sun Young Park (Korea/U.S.) new work (2012), (world premiere, composed for the New Juilliard Ensemble)
Manuel Sosa (Venezuela/U.S.) …Perpetuum… (2012) (world premiere, composed for the New Juilliard Ensemble)