CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
Monday, October 22, 2012 | 7:30 PM
Featuring musicians of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education
Weill Recital Hall
The young musicians of Ensemble ACJW—all of whom are fellows or alumni of The Academy’s postgraduate program—open their Weill Recital Hall series this season with a concert that includes a chamber-music favorite by Tchaikovsky. While at work in Florence on his opera Queen of Spades in 1890, Tchaikovsky wrote out a melody and put it aside; back in St. Petersburg, he used that tune in the splendid slow movement of his sextet Souvenir de Florence.
This concert is part of Salon Encores. The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.
- SAMUEL CARL ADAMS twenty four strings (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
- MOZART Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K. 581
- TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenir de Florence
Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective of outstanding young professional musicians
from The Academy that has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality
of its performances, as well as its fresh and open-minded approach to performance and
programming. In a variety of venues, its members have played a wide range of music-from
works written centuries ago to those completed days before-with verve and total commitment
to their art.
The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and regularly appears at The Juilliard
School's Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City, including a series at (Le)
Poisson Rouge nightclub in Greenwich Village. As part of a partnership with Skidmore
College that began in 2007, Ensemble ACJW gives master classes for university students and
performs for the Saratoga Springs community both in concert halls and in informal settings
All Ensemble ACJW members are alumni or current fellows of The Academy, a two-year
fellowship program created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive
Gillinson and The Juilliard School's President Joseph W. Polisi to support the finest young
professional musicians develop their careers as top-quality performers, innovative
programmers, and dedicated teachers who are fully engaged with the communities in which
they live and work.
Fellows of the two-year Academy program-chosen not only for their musicianship, but also
for their leadership qualities and commitment to music education-come from some of the best
music schools in the country, including The Colburn School, Eastman School of Music, The
Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Rice University, University of Southern
California, and Yale School of Music.
In addition to performance opportunities at the highest level, a robust program of
professional development is an essential part of The Academy. Fellows partner with New York
City public schools to share their artistry with-and become central resources for-music
classrooms in the five boroughs. Fellows also take part in community work through the Weill
Music Institute's Musical Connections program, in which they perform at multiple
non-traditional music venues across New York City, including healthcare settings,
correctional facilities, and senior service organizations.
Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the
community, the fellows of The Academy that make up Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it
means to be a musician in the 21st century. Visit acjw.org to learn more.
Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70, I. Allegro con spirito
At a Glance
For classical musicians, chamber music represents the ideal medium for artistic expression—an open discourse between equals playing music in its most intimate form. Tonight's program brings together two string sextets: one old, Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence; and one new, Samuel Carl Adams's twenty four strings. Sandwiched in between is Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, written as a gift for his friend and colleague, clarinetist Anton Stadler. Through these three pieces, we observe how with great chamber music, six individuals can work collectively to sound as one 24-stringed instrument; together, they can be as powerful as a symphony orchestra or as intimate as a group of friends sharing conversation late at night.
ACJW Collaborates with Emanuel Ax