Performance Thursday, April 14, 2011 | 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

Weill Recital Hall


  • Ensemble ACJW


  • BARTÓK Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
  • MOZART Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major, K. 375
  • DVORÁK String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77


  • Ensemble ACJW

    Ensemble ACJW is an energetic collective of outstanding young musicians from The Academy that has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for its fresh, open-minded approach to performance and programming. In a variety of venues, they have played a wide range of music-from works written centuries ago to those completed days before-with verve and total commitment to their art.

    The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and regularly appears at Paul Hall at The Juilliard School. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble ACJW gives master classes to university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs community.

    All Ensemble ACJW members are alumni or current fellows of The Academy, a two-year fellowship program started in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School's President Joseph W. Polisi to support young professional musicians in developing their careers as excellent performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who are fully engaged with the communities in which they live and work.

    Fellows of the two-year Academy program-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, Mannes College The New School for Music, New England Conservatory, Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and Yale School of Music.

    Each season, the fellows partner with music teachers in New York City public schools. The hour-and-a-half-per-week that each of the 20 fellows spends in a classroom is an education not only for the students, but for the fellows as well. In their second year, the fellows develop innovative, community-minded group projects. Among those produced in recent years were a collaboration with residents of a Bronx family apartment complex, a pen-pal program that paired young students with professional musicians, and a performance of George Crumb's Voice of the Whale in the American Museum of Natural History's Millstein Hall of Ocean Life.

    Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the community, the fellows of The Academy that make up Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Visit to learn more.
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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 Department of Education–has been provided by Mercedes and Sid Bass, The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the Maxwell H. Gluck 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 Foundation, and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, with additional support from The Arnow Family Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Susan and Ed Forst, Mrs. Nancy A. Marks, the Edward John Noble Foundation, The Joe Plumeri Foundation, and Suki Sandler.

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

The Academy is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Department of State, and the New York State Council on the Arts.


Mozart Serenade No. 11 in E flat Major for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons & 2 horns, KV. 375 (V. Finale. Allegro)
Holliger Wind Ensemble

At a Glance

BÉLA BARTÓK  Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
“King of Swing” Benny Goodman was at the height of his fame when he and violinist Joseph Szigeti commissioned this brilliantly imaginative piano trio from Hungary’s foremost composer in 1938. Although Bartók was familiar with Goodman’s recordings, the score reflects his deep immersion in Eastern European folk music rather than the influence of African American jazz.

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART  Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major, K. 375
Newly arrived in Vienna, the 25-year-old Mozart was keen to advertise his prowess as a composer and pianist. He took a break from writing the opera The Abduction from the Seraglio to compose a work suitable for performances in less formal settings than theaters and salons. The result was this delectable five-movement wind serenade, light in spirit but not in musical content.

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK  String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77
The string quintet was a popular alternative to the string quartet in the Classical and Romantic eras. The fuller, more intricate textures available from a “quartet plus one” appealed to composers from Mozart and Beethoven to Brahms and Bruckner. Dvořák’s richly melodious Quintet in G Major calls for a bass instead of the usual second viola or cello, giving the music an extra dose of earthiness.

Program Notes
This performance is part of Chamber Sessions IV.

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