Performance Saturday, May 10, 2014 | 8 PM

Ensemble ACJW

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

Zankel Hall
“One of the sharpest new music conductors around” (The Times, London), Susanna Mälkki has the distinct inclination to treat classical repertoire as contemporary, breathing new life into everything she conducts with her exhilarating interpretations. The conducting phenom brings her versatility and energetic vigor to a performance with Ensemble ACJW, an outstanding group of young professional musicians who have a fresh approach to programming that is redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century.

The contemporary works on this program are part of My Time, My Music.


  • Ensemble ACJW
    Susanna Mälkki, Conductor
  • Topi Lehtipuu, Tenor


  • SCHOENBERG Chamber Symphony No. 1
  • GEORGE BENJAMIN Three Inventions (NY Premiere)
  • JOHN ADAMS Chamber Symphony


John Adams's Chamber Symphony ("Roadrunner")
London Sinfonietta
Rhino Entertainment

At a Glance

Susanna Mälkki joins Ensemble ACJW to present an evening of contemporary chamber orchestra works that range from the iconic to the new. Arnold Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1 was a seminal work in his career. Combining dissonant harmonies with constantly varied thematic development, the work is both the pinnacle of Schoenberg's early Romantic style and the harbinger of the composer's later break with tonality. Ensemble ACJW is joined by Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu to take on Jukka Tiensuu's Mora, written in 2012 for solo tenor and Baroque orchestra. A harpsichordist himself, Tiensuu's Modernist musical language maintains a constant dialogue with the past. George Benjamin's Three Inventions receive their New York premiere this evening. Though these three pieces contrast in character, they are united in their use of layered, atmospheric colors and shifting counterpoint. Closing the concert is John Adams's Chamber Symphony, a virtuosic romp that draws upon two unique inspirations: the acrobatic polyphony of Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony and the frenetic activity of cartoon music.
The Fast Forward series of concerts is sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP.
Lead funding for Ensemble ACJW is provided by the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.

Major funding has been provided by The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Edward C. Forst and Goldman Sachs Gives, the Max H. Gluck Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr.

Additional support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, and Park Hyatt Hotels.

Public support is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Education.
This performance is part of Fast Forward.

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