Performance Monday, February 16, 2015 | 7:30 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

Weill Recital Hall
“The new face of classical music for New York … these performers have the musical goods,” said The New York Times of Ensemble ACJW. ACJW’s fresh and open-minded approach to programming and performing is showcased in this concert that includes a new work by Meredith Monk commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Ravel’s Piano Trio. An intoxicating piece, Ravel’s Trio delights with its Basque folk rhythms and Baroque-influenced third movement.

This concert is part of Salon Encores. The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Ensemble ACJW
    ·· Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington, Flute
    ·· James Riggs, Oboe
    ·· Paul Won Jin Cho, Clarinet
    ·· Michael Zuber, Bassoon
    ·· Michael James Smith, Piano
    ·· Kobi Malkin, Violin
    ·· Dana Kelley, Viola
    ·· Andrea Casarrubios, Cello


  • ROUSSEL Trio for Flute, Viola, and Cello
  • MEREDITH MONK Backlight (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • RAVEL Piano Trio in A Minor


Ravel's Piano Trio in A Minor: Pantoum - Assez Vif
Arthur Rubenstein, Piano | Jascha Heifetz, Violin | Gregor Piatigorsky, Cello
Crates Digger Music Group

At a Glance

ALBERT ROUSSEL  Trio for Flute, Viola, and Cello, Op. 40

This lively, ingeniously wrought, and appealing work has long been a staple of the chamber repertoire for flute. Roussel had a special fondness for the instrument and featured it in a number of pieces in the 1920s and ’30s. Unlike many other French composers, however, he took pains to divest the flute of its extra-musical associations with pastoral idylls and birdsong. He had little interest in programmatic or descriptive works, preferring to write music that was “self-contained,” devoid of “any suggestion of the picturesque,” and “unassociated with any particular locality.”


Best known for her vocal music that treats voices as instruments, Meredith Monk experiments with treating instruments as voices in this new piece for seven instrumentalists. Backlight, composed especially for Ensemble ACJW, plays sonically with the idea of shadow and light, exploring it from different vantage points.

MAURICE RAVEL  Piano Trio in A Minor

Composed on the eve of World War I, Ravel’s only piano trio projects a mood of wistful elegy that is accentuated by the frenzied acrobatics of its fast movements. By the time the first performance took place at the Salle Gaveau in Paris on January 28, 1915, the composer was at work on two pieces even more strongly indebted to the past: the neo-Baroque piano suite Le tombeau de Couperin and the Renaissance-inspired Trois chansons for chorus.


Meredith Monk: Carnegie Hall's 2014-2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair

Meredith Monk is the holder of the 2014–2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall.
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, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, and Ernst & Young LLP.

Additional support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, EGL Charitable Foundation, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Andrew and Margaret Paul, Park Hyatt hotels, UJA-Federation of New York, and The Wallace Foundation.

Public support is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Education and the New York State Council on the Arts.
This performance is part of Ensemble ACJW, and Meredith Monk.

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