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


  • Ensemble ACJW
    Artistry. Education. Advocacy. Entrepreneurship.

    Created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School's President Joseph W. Polisi, Ensemble ACJW is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers them top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner throughout the fellowship with a New York City public school.

    Ensemble ACJW fellows-chosen 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 Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Stony Brook University, University of Southern California, and Yale School of Music.

    Ensemble ACJW has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances as well as its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a wide range of music-from centuries past to works written days before an event-in a variety of performance venues. The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and has regularly appeared at The Juilliard School's Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City, including (Le) Poisson Rouge nightclub in Greenwich Village, Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, and SubCulture in NoHo. 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 in both concert halls and in informal settings around town.

    Along with performance opportunities at premier venues in New York City and beyond, Ensemble ACJW fellows each partner with a New York City public school to share their artistry with-and become central resources for-music classrooms in the five boroughs. Ensemble ACJW 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. Throughout the two-year program, Ensemble ACJW fellows participate in rigorous, ongoing professional development to ensure that they gain the necessary skills to be successful in all areas of the program and to become leaders in their field. Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, engagement strategies on and off the stage, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their in-school work.

    Moving on to the next stage of their careers, Ensemble ACJW's 83 alumni are now making an impact on the national and international musical landscape in a wide variety of artistic and educational arenas. Continuing the strong bonds formed through the program, in 2011 the alumni formed the chamber music collective Decoda, which has been named an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall.

    Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the community, the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Visit to learn more. 

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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.

Program Notes


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 by the New York City Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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