Performance Friday, April 17, 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
Ensemble ACJW’s versatility and verve are showcased in a program that includes Schumann’s Piano Quintet. An exuberant and remarkably inventive work, Schumann’s Quintet delights from its opening movement to its thrilling finale.

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


  • Ensemble ACJW
    ·· Garrett Arney, Percussion
    ·· Michael James Smith, Piano
    ·· Elizabeth Fayette, Violin
    ·· Kobi Malkin, Violin
    ·· Dana Kelley, Viola
    ·· Andrea Casarrubios, Cello
    ·· Michael Katz, Cello
    ·· Caleb van der Swaagh, Cello


  • FANNY MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in E-flat Major
  • SCHUMANN Piano Quintet in E-flat Major

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • 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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Schumann's Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 44 (Allegro brillante)
Emerson String Quartet | Menahem Pressler, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance


Osvaldo Golijov composed Mariel in memory of his friend Mariel Stubrin, capturing the short instant before grief upon learning about her sudden death. In the short work, he also incorporates the Brazilian music that she loved. Tonight’s duo performs the original version for cello and marimba.

FANNY MENDELSSOHN  String Quartet in E-flat Major

While often overshadowed by her brother Felix’s legacy, Fanny Mendelssohn’s compositions—numbering more than 460 works—are being rediscovered as mature and intelligent pieces in their own right. Her only string quartet owes a debt to the quartets of Beethoven, heard most obviously in the second movement’s fugal section.

ROBERT SCHUMANN  Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

While the first of its kind, Schumann’s Piano Quintet inspired other masterworks in the form, notably those by Brahms and Dvořák. Though Schumann had not completed a single work of chamber music prior to 1842, the combination of instruments allowed him to operate on a large scale, having access to the intimacy of a string quartet, the virtuosity of a solo pianist, and the grandeur of these forces together.

Program Notes
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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