ENSEMBLEACJW CONTINUES SEASON THIS FEBRUARY AND MARCH,PERFORMING VARIETY OF MUSIC THROUGHOUT NEW YORK CITYBiannual Residency at Skidmore College Brings Musicians to Saratoga Springsfor Master Classes, Community Engagement, and Concerts, February 1–5Group Performs World Premiere of Steampunk by David Bruce,February 4 at Skidmore College and February 7 at Weill Recital HallPianist Jeremy Denk Joins Ensemble ACJW forMusic of Ives at (Le) Poisson Rouge on March 20David Robertson Conducts Mozart’s Unfinished Opera Zaide along withNY Premiere of Berio’s Completion of the Opera in Zankel Hall on March 31
This winter, Ensemble ACJW—the performance arm of TheAcademy—continues its 2010–2011 season with eclectic programs throughout NewYork City. Ensemble ACJW also returns to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs,New York; from February 1–5 for its biannual residency; in which the groupperforms a concert in Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd ConcertHall as well as informal performances in non-traditional settings; works withSkidmore College music students and student composers; and engages thesurrounding Saratoga Springs community through visits to schools and othercommunity sites.As part of the Skidmore residency, on Friday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. in thecampus’s Arthur Zankel Music Center (in the center’s Helen Filene Ladd ConcertHall), Ensemble ACJW performs the world premiere of David Bruce’s Steampunk,commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Steampunk is a five-movement piecederived from the composer’s idea that classical music’s live unamplified soundmirrors that of “steampunk” design, with steampunk referring to a genre offiction that concerns technology from a pre-modern era. The program alsoincludes Janacek’s Mládí and Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat Major.Ensemble ACJW previously collaborated with Mr. Bruce on his last two CarnegieHall commissions, Gumboots and Piosenki. For a short video abouttheir collaboration on Gumboots, visit Carnegie Hall's YouTube station. Gumbootsperformed in its entirety by Ensemble ACJW can be viewed by clicking here.Ensemble ACJW repeats this program, including the New York premiere of Steampunk,at Weill Recital Hall on Monday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. The group thenperforms two free concerts. The first on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. is aCarnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert at the Pregones Theater in the Bronx withprogram to include contemporary works by Charles Wuorinen, Lou Harrison, andAstor Piazzolla. The second free concert, on Thursday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m.,will be at The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall with works to include GeorgeCrumb’s Madrigals, Book I with guest soprano Kiera Duffy; Mozart’sQuintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major; and Schubert’s Piano Quintet in AMajor, "Trout.”On Sunday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m., Ensemble ACJW returns to Greenwich Villagenightclub (Le) Poisson Rouge for the first of three concerts this season. Oneof last season’s “ACJW Gets Extreme” series concerts at (Le) Poisson Rougeprompted Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times to call it “…one of themost liberating programs I have heard in years.” For this season kick-offconcert at the venue, the group performs Charles Ives’s Piano Trio with specialguest artist Jeremy Denk, on a program that also includes JonathanDawe’s Symphony of Imaginary Numbers, several of György Kurtág’s BachTranscriptions, and Ives’s The Unanswered Question.Acclaimed conductor and St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertsonleads Ensemble ACJW on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall. Theevening’s program will include Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide (Das Serail)paired with the New York premiere of composer Luciano Berio’s completion of theopera, entitled Vor, während nach Zaide. Soloists will include soprano DeannaBreiwick, tenors Paul Appleby and Jeffrey Hill, baritone KellyMarkgraf, and bass-baritone Shenyang, in addition to soloists fromthe Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and JuilliardOpera.The Academy/Ensemble ACJWExemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music, the fellowsof The Academy are redefining what it means to be a musician today.Created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director CliveGillinson and The Juilliard School’s President Joseph W. Polisi, The Academysupports the finest postgraduate musicians in developing careers as top-qualityperformers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who are fullyengaged with the communities in which they live and work.Fellows of the two-year Academy program—chosen for their musicianship, but alsofor their leadership qualities and commitment to music education—come from someof the best music schools in the country, including the Curtis Institute ofMusic, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Mannes College The NewSchool for Music, New England Conservatory, and Yale School of Music.As Ensemble ACJW, the fellows are an inspirational musical collective that hasearned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of itsperformances as well as its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a widerange of music—from centuries past to works written days before an event—in avariety of performance venues. The group performs its own series at CarnegieHall and regularly appears at Paul Hall at The Juilliard School. As part of apartnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble ACJW givesmaster classes to university students and performs for the Saratoga Springscommunity in both concert halls and in informal settings around town.In addition to performance opportunities at the highest level, a robust programof professional development is an essential part of The Academy. Fellowspartner with New York City public schools, to share their artistry with—andbecome central resources for—music classrooms in the five boroughs. In theirsecond year, they also develop innovative, community-based group projects.Among those produced in recent years were a collaboration with residents of aBronx family apartment complex, a pen-pal program that paired young studentswith professional musicians, and a performance of George Crumb’s Voice of theWhale in the American Museum of Natural History’s Millstein Hall of Ocean Life.All of these activities make The Academy a dynamic program that is fosteringmusicians dedicated to making music central to all of our cultural lives. Visitacjw.org to learn more.Program InformationFriday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m.Arthur Zankel Music CenterHelen Filene Ladd Concert HallSkidmore CollegeENSEMBLE ACJWLEOŠ JANÁČEK MládíDAVID BRUCE Steampunk (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20Admission is free; for more information, please call the college's Departmentof Music at 518-580-5320.____________________________Monday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m.Weill Recital HallENSEMBLE ACJWLEOŠ JANÁČEK MládíDAVID BRUCE Steampunk (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20Tickets: $25____________________________Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.Pregones Theater571-575 Walton AvenueBronx, NY 10451NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: ENSEMBLE ACJWCHARLES WUORINEN SpinoffLOU HARRISON Varied TrioASTOR PIAZZOLLA Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of BuenosAires)Tickets: FreeThe Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target®.___________________________Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.Paul HallThe Julliard SchoolENSEMBLE ACJWKiera Duffy, SopranoGEORGE CRUMB Madrigals, Book IWOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K. 581FRANZ SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, "Trout"Tickets: Free____________________________Sunday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.(Le) Poisson RougeENSEMBLE ACJWJeremy Denk, PianoJONATHAN DAWE Symphony of Imaginary NumbersGYÖRGY KURTÁG Bach TranscriptionsCHARLES IVES The Unanswered QuestionCHARLES IVES Piano TrioTickets: $20____________________________Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.Zankel HallENSEMBLE ACJWDavid Robertson, ConductorDeanna Breiwick, Soprano (Zaide)Paul Appleby, Tenor (Gomatz)Jeffrey Hill, Tenor (Sultan Soliman)Kelly Markgraf, Baritone (Allazim)Shenyang, Bass-Baritone (Osmin)Soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Programand Juilliard OperaWOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Zaide (Das Serail), K. 344LUCIANO BERIO Vor, während, nach Zaide (NY Premiere)Tickets: $38, $50_________________________Major funding for The Academy–a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School,and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Departmentof Education–has been provided by Mercedes and Sid Bass, The Diller-vonFurstenberg Family Foundation, the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, The IrvingHarris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Martha and Bob Lipp, Mr. and Mrs.Lester S. Morse Jr., Judith and Burton Resnick, Susan and Elihu RoseFoundation, and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, with additional support fromThe Arnow Family Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, the Ella FitzgeraldCharitable Foundation, Susan and Ed Forst, Mrs. Nancy A. Marks, the Edward JohnNoble Foundation, and Suki Sandler.The Academy School Partnerships benefitting NYC public school students are madepossible, in part, by Bank of America.The Academy is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York CityDepartment of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Departmentof State, and the New York State Council on the Arts.Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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