Performance Friday, May 15, 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
Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat is a Faustian story of a soldier who trades his fiddle with the Devil in exchange for a magic book. The work contains some of Stravinsky’s most colorful music and is a piece where tango, waltz, and ragtime rub elbows with Lutheran chorales. Ensemble ACJW—called “fun, fearless, and effing great,” by Time Out New York—performs this devilishly entertaining work in the finale to its Carnegie Hall series.

Part of Salon Encores.


  • Ensemble ACJW
    ·· Beomjae Kim, Flute
    ·· James Riggs, Oboe
    ·· Stanislav Chernyshev, Clarinet
    ·· Michael Zuber, Bassoon
    ·· Jenny Ney, Horn
    ·· Jean Laurenz, Trumpet
    ·· Stephen Dunn, Trombone
    ·· Garrett Arney, Percussion
    ·· Shir Semmel, Piano
    ·· Siwoo Kim, Violin
    ·· Brian Ellingsen, Double Bass
  • Michael Goldstrom, Narrator


  • LIGETI Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
  • POULENC Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano
  • STRAVINSKY Histoire du soldat

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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  • Michael Goldstrom

    Actor and comedian Michael Goldstrom has performed on Broadway in a workshop production of The Mambo Kings, and in off-Broadway productions of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Kitty Kitty Kitty, and Can-Can with Patti LuPone. He has performed as a narrator with The Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, and in a program of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Giants Are Small at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    Michael's film credits include Heights, Jelly, Approaching Union Square, Equal Opportunity, Sigmund Freud in Freud's Magic Powder, Genghis Cohn in The Dance of Genghis Cohn, and writer and director of Press or Say "2." Television credits include Dragons (DreamWorks / Cartoon Network), Ben 10: Omniverse (Cartoon Network), Porn 'n Chicken (Comedy Central), The Lost Battalion (A&E), The Sopranos (HBO), and Law & Order: SVU (NBC). Michael has taught acting at LA Opera's Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program and Wolf Trap, and directed La clemenza di Tito at California State University, Long Beach. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Robert Abramson Dalcroze Academy, Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center, and Columbia University.

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Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat (Marche du Soldat)
Columbia Symphony | Igor Stravinsky, Conductor
Sony BMG

At a Glance

GYÖRGY LIGETI  Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet

Insatiably curious and constitutionally incapable of falling into a rut, Hungarian composer György Ligeti continually reinvented his musical language over the course of his long life. Early in his career, Ligeti concentrated on distilling his musical language to its essence, as illustrated by these finely wrought miniatures, which cover a wide range of textures and expression despite using a purposefully limited number of pitches.

FRANCIS POULENC  Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano

This delightful and unusually scored chamber work acknowledges the prevailing neoclassicism of the time in its traditional three-part form, shapely melodies and phrases, and essentially triadic harmonies spiced with tangy dissonances. After a successful premiere in Paris, at which more than 200 people had to be turned away, the trio became one of Poulenc’s most popular works.

IGOR STRAVINSKY  Histoire du soldat

A miniature theater piece intended to be “read, played, and danced,” Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale)—with its jazzy inflections and short, self-contained musical numbers—pointed the way toward Stravinsky’s streamlined neoclassical style of the 1920s and ’30s. At the same time, C. F. Ramuz’s libretto—featuring a hapless soldier who sells his soul (in the form of his violin) to the devil—harks back to the Russian folk tales that inspired many of the composer’s earlier works.

Program Notes
This concert is made possible, in part, by the A. L. and Jennie L. Luria Foundation.
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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