Performance Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | 7:30 PM

Ensemble ACJW

Featuring musicians of 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

Zankel Hall
The musicians of The Academy, working in a joint program of Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School, join forces with one of today’s most inventive young composers, Thomas Adès. He leads them in a program that includes some surprising British and Irish music?from England’s Baroque flowering with Purcell, right on up to Adès himself.


  • Cecelia Hall, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Daniel Taylor, Countertenor
  • Ensemble ACJW
    Thomas Adès, Conductor


  • THOMAS ADÈS The Origin of the Harp
  • BRAHMS Ophelia Lieder (arr. John Woolrich)
  • PURCELL "Music for a while"
  • PURCELL Dance of the Followers of Night from The Fairy Queen
  • PURCELL "One Charming Night" from The Fairy Queen
  • PURCELL "Strike the viol" from Come, ye sons of art away
  • PURCELL Fantasy upon a Ground in D Major
  • PURCELL An Evening Hymn
  • THOMAS ADÈS Concerto Conciso

  • Program is approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes, including one intermission


  • Cecelia Hall

    A native of North Carolina, mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall was recently featured in the title role of Handel's Ariodante with Juilliard Opera. This spring at Seattle Opera, she covers the title role in the world premiere of Daron Hagen's Amelia, directed by Stephen Wadsworth. As part of the 2010 Tanglewood Music Festival, Ms. Hall performs as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, conducted by James Levine. As a 2009 Young American Artist at Glimmerglass Opera, Ms. Hall covered Dido in Dido and Aeneas and Vera Boronel in The Consul, and sang as a soloist in the New York Festival of Song's Latin Lovers Concert. She has appeared at Juilliard as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and with Juilliard Dance as the alto soloist in a Mark Morris production of Vivaldi's Gloria. Ms. Hall made her Zankel Hall debut last year with Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW and conductor Matthias Pintscher, performing Ravel's Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé. Previous summers have included performances with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Chautauqua Music Festival, and Aspen Opera Theater Center, where she sang the title role in the North American premiere of Cavalli's Eliogabalo. Ms. Hall holds a bachelor's degree from DePaul University and a master's from The Juilliard School, where she is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma.
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  • Daniel Taylor

    An exclusive recording artist for Sony Classical Masterworks, Daniel Taylor is one of the most sought-after countertenors in the world. He has made more than 80 recordings, including Bach cantatas with the English Baroque Soloists, Handel's Rinaldo (Gramophone Award winner) with Cecilia Bartoli and the Academy of Ancient Music, Ryuichi Sakamoto's pop-opera Life with the Dalai Lama narrating, and Bach cantatas with the Bach Collegium Japan. Mr. Taylor's debut at Glyndebourne in Handel's Theodora was greeted with critical praise and followed his operatic debut in Jonathan Miller's production of Rodelinda. His North American opera debut came in Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2009-2010, Mr. Taylor made his debuts with the Israel Philharmonic, the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. Return engagements include performances with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, a European tour with the Academy of Ancient Music, and a solo recital debut in Barcelona at the Palau de la Música. Mr. Taylor is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Choir and Orchestra of the Theatre of Early Music, in addition to being a professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and at the University of Ottawa, and Artist-in-Residence at Banff Centre. Visit for more information.
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  • Thomas Adès

    Renowned as both a composer and a performer, Thomas Adès works regularly with the world's leading orchestras, opera companies, and festivals. Appointed to the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer Chair at Carnegie Hall for 2007-2008, he was featured as composer, conductor, and pianist throughout that season.

    Engagements in 2009-2010 include a major composer and artist focus with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; a return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with which he has developed a particularly close relationship; piano recitals in Vancouver and at the Barbican, where Mr. Adès will perform the premieres of his new piano work Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face; and his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with whom he will perform Sibelius's The Tempest, Tchaikovsky's The Tempest, and scenes from his own The Tempest.

    The many orchestras he has conducted include the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Symphony Orchestra, and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. A number of international festivals have chosen to present special focuses on his music. Among these have been Helsinki's Musica Nova (1999), the Salzburg Easter Festival (2004), Radio France's Festival Présences (2007), the Barbican's Traced Overhead (2007), the Mariinsky Theatre's New Horizons Festival in St. Petersburg (2007), and the Stockholm International Composer Festival (2009).

    Born in London in 1971, Mr. Adès studied piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Between 1993 and 1995, he was composer in association with the Hallé Orchestra, which resulted in his compositions The Origin of the Harp (1994) and These Premises Are Alarmed for the opening of Bridgewater Hall in 1996. Asyla (1997) was a Feeney Trust commission for Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which toured the work and performed it on Mr. Rattle's last concert as music director in 1998. Mr. Rattle subsequently programmed Asyla in his opening concert as Music Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker in September 2002.

    Ensemble ACJW

    Ensemble ACJW is the performing arm of 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. Ensemble ACJW performs at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and other venues in New York City and New York State, including an annual residency at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. The ensemble comes together in different sizes, having the opportunity to play intimate chamber music as well as larger conducted chamber orchestra works.

    The Academy is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional musicians designed to develop the artistic values and skills necessary for careers that combine musical excellence with education, community engagement, advocacy, and leadership. The program provides ongoing professional development and opportunities to perform and teach in concert halls, public schools, college campuses, and throughout local communities. The program reflects the belief that today's artists require both the ability to perform at the highest level and the capacity to give back to the community, inspiring the next generation of quality musicians and music lovers.

    The Academy was launched in January 2007. The fellows in the program were selected because of their extraordinary level of musicianship, deep commitment to education and community engagement, and leadership qualities. Fellows are graduates of leading music schools, including The Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Mannes College The New School for Music, New England Conservatory, and Yale School of Music. Please visit for ensemble bios and more information about the program.
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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—is made possible by a leadership gift from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Major funding has also been provided by Mercedes and Sid Bass, The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Martha and Bob Lipp, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., Judith and Burton Resnick, Susan and Elihu Rose, and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, with additional support from Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Susan and Ed Forst, Mrs. Nancy A. Marks, Edward John Noble Foundation, The William Petschek Family, and Suki Sandler.

The Academy School Partnerships benefitting NYC public school students are made possible, in part, by Bank of America.

The Academy and Ensemble ACJW are made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Recovery Act, and the New York State Council on the Arts.