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Full Steam Ahead for Ensemble ACJW

The incredible talent and sheer musical diversity of Ensemble ACJW—the performing arm of The Academy—will be on display in an array of guises and venues throughout the next month. Comprising fellows and alumni of The Academy, the ensemble performs three very different Carnegie Hall-presented concerts, as well as performances in The Julliard School and Skidmore College.

On January 16, Academy alumni perform a Carnegie Hall Family Concert in Zankel Hall, with pre-concert activities beginning at 12 PM, one hour before the beginning of the concert.

Two days later, on January 18, the ensemble performs a program of Wuorinen, Ligeti, Harrison, and Piazzolla in Paul Hall at The Juilliard School.

Ensemble ACJW performs the same program during a Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert at Music at Our Saviour Atonement, Washington Heights on January 23.

The musicians then head north to Skidmore College for a concert in the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall on February 4. This performance includes the world premiere of David Bruce's Steampunk. A commissioned work by Carnegie Hall, Steampunk evokes an alternative universe of a technologically-advanced dystopian cityscape, where electricity never existed and everything is steam-powered. This five-movement piece features Bruce's trademark colorist textures and tightly controlled structure.

The whirlwind month concludes three nights later on February 7 when Ensemble ACJW returns to "home base" for a concert in the intimate Weill Recital Hall, during which Steampunk receives its New York premiere.

So, with your kids, in your neighborhood, or in your college, and whether you enjoy Beethoven, Ligeti, Piazzola, or want to witness a premiere performance, the next few weeks are a great time to hear "the brightest, most promising postgraduate musicians the city has to offer" (The New York Times).

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