Performance Sunday, December 2, 2012 | 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
This inspirational collective of outstanding young professional musicians from The Academy that has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances, as well as its fresh and open-minded approach to programming, redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. On this program, they perform music from the Baroque with conductor Harry Bicket.


  • Ensemble ACJW
    Harry Bicket, Conductor
  • Lucy Crowe, Soprano
  • Stuart Breczinski, Oboe
  • Michelle Ross, Violin


  • BACH Concerto for Oboe, Violin, and Continuo in C Minor, BWV 1060
  • BACH Cantata No. 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!
  • REBEL Les élémens ("The Elements")
  • GLUCK Suite from Armide


  • Ensemble ACJW

    Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective of outstanding young professional musicians from The Academy that has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances, as well as its fresh and open-minded approach to performance and programming. In a variety of venues, its members 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 The Juilliard School's Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City, including a series at (Le) Poisson Rouge nightclub in Greenwich Village. 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 both in concert halls and in informal settings around town.

    All Ensemble ACJW members are alumni or current fellows of The Academy, a two-year fellowship program created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School's President Joseph W. Polisi to support the finest young professional musicians develop their careers as top-quality 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 not only 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 Colburn School, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Rice University, University of Southern California, and Yale School of Music.

    In addition to performance opportunities at the highest level, a robust program of professional development is an essential part of The Academy. Fellows partner with New York City public schools to share their artistry with-and become central resources for-music classrooms in the five boroughs. 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.

    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.

    Harry Bicket

    Internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of Baroque and Classical repertoire. He became artistic director of The English Concert in 2007, one of the UK's finest period orchestras.

    Plans for the 2012-2013 season and beyond include extensive touring and recording commitments with The English Concert and return performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera (La clemenza di Tito, Giulio Cesare), Canadian Opera Company, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Houston Grand Opera. He has recently conducted opera productions for the Metropolitan Opera (Rodelinda), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Rinaldo), and Opéra National de Bordeaux (Alcina); as well as many projects with The English Concert, featuring soloists such as Ian Bostridge, Andreas Scholl, and Vesselina Kasarova. This summer, he conducted The English Concert at both the BBC Proms and at the Edinburgh International Festival in performance with countertenor David Daniels.

    Highlights of recent seasons include guest conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, as well as critically acclaimed opera productions for the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Hercules), Minnesota Opera (Orfeo), Canadian Opera Company (Orfeo and Idomeneo), Gran Teatre del Liceu (L'arbore di Diana), Theater an der Wien (Iphigénie en Tauride), and The Atlanta Opera (Orfeo). Mr. Bicket has toured extensively with The English Concert (including performances in Spain, the Middle East, Austria, Germany, and the US) and has returned to his native Liverpool to conduct the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (including the world premiere of Ken Hesketh's oratorio Like the Sea, Like Time). He has appeared as guest conductor with the San Francisco Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

    Mr. Bicket has appeared at major US festivals such as Glimmerglass, Spoleto, Aspen, and Santa Fe. His discography includes releases with Ian Bostridge, David Daniels, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Sarah Connolly, Rosemary Joshua, Elizabeth Watts, and most recently Lucy Crowe and The English Concert.

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  • Lucy Crowe

    Born in Staffordshire, England, Lucy Crowe studied at the Royal Academy of Music. She has established herself as one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation.

    Her operatic roles include Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) and Gilda (Rigoletto) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Bavarian State Opera; Poppea (Agrippina) and Drusilla (L'incoronazione di Poppea) for English National Opera; Dorinda (Orlando) in Lille, Dijon, and Paris; and the Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She made her US opera debut as Iole in Handel's Hercules for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

    In concert, Ms. Crowe has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Richard Tognetti; The Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons, Emmanuelle Haïm, and Sakari Oramo; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Sir Charles Mackerras and Richard Egarr; Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Mackerras and Nézet-Séguin; The Sixteen with Harry Christophers; Gabrieli Consort and Players with Paul McCreesh; and Monteverdi Orchestra with Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She has performed at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Brighton, Belfast, Norfolk and Norwich, and Mostly Mozart music festivals.

    Ms. Crowe's recordings include Handel's Il pastor fido, and a Handel and Vivaldi disc with La Nuova Musica (harmonia mundi), ll caro Sassone: Handel in Italy with Harry Bicket and The English Concert (harmonia mundi), a Lutosławski recording with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Chandos Records), Handel's Alceste with the Early Opera Company (Chandos Records), and Eccles's The Judgement of Paris (Chandos Records).

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  • Stuart Breczinski

    Academy fellow Stuart Breczinski is a New York-based oboist, improviser, composer, and educator whose early interest in making unusual sounds on the oboe has developed into a passion for creating and sharing innovative audio with audiences of all backgrounds. A proponent of chamber and contemporary music, Mr. Breczinski is an original member of ensemble mise-en, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, and The Generous Ensemble. He has also performed as a chamber musician with the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Contemporaneous, Performance 20/20, and Tactus. As the 2009 winner of the Paranov Concerto Competition, Mr. Breczinski gave the American premiere of Paul Patterson's Phoenix Concerto for Oboe and Strings with the Hartt Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he was the 2007 winner of the Iowa Center for the Arts competition and a two-time winner of both the Lillian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Competition and the Midwest Oboe Competition.

    Mr. Breczinski holds a master's degree from The Hartt School and bachelor's degrees in music and mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa, with additional study at the Manhattan School of Music. His instructors have included Jacqueline Leclair, Humbert Lucarelli, Mark Weiger, and Rachel Brudnoy.

    As part of his Academy program, Mr. Breczinski teaches in Brooklyn at PS 112 Lefferts Park.

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  • Michelle Ross

    Trained as a violinist with Itzhak Perlman from the age of 12, Academy fellow Michelle Ross is a recipient of the 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. With this award, she will record her debut album of solo sonatas by J. S. Bach and Béla Bartók.

    A dedicated soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Ross has appeared at Marlboro Music Festival for the past two summers and will be touring with Musicians from Marlboro in both the spring and fall of 2013. She has also been invited to the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Kneisel Hall, National Arts Centre Orchestra Young Artists Program, and Music@Menlo. She has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Cleveland string quartets.

    Ms. Ross has performed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and Shanghai Grand Theatre. She has been a guest performer and lecturer at the Grand Central Academy of Art, and has also been featured in recitals at the Neue Galerie, Old Westbury Gardens, and Robert Sherman's Young Artists Showcase. Winner of the Juilliard Pre-College Stravinsky Violin Concerto Competition, Ms. Ross has also appeared as soloist with the Westchester Philharmonic, Island Chamber Symphony, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, and St. Thomas Orchestra. Ms. Ross was also a fellow of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund.

    Also a composer and improviser, Ms. Ross is extremely interested in collaborative works. Recently, her work went on tour with the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet, and she has had premieres at Lincoln Center's Beyond the Machine festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Joyce Theater.

    Ms. Ross holds a master's degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor's degree from Columbia University. She originally moved to New York to study with Dorothy DeLay, and has also studied with Catherine Cho, Ronald Copes, Joel Smirnoff, Pinchas Zukerman, and Patinka Kopec. She has studied composition with Dr. Samuel Adler and Dr. Andrew Thomas.

    As part of her Academy program, Ms. Ross teaches in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn High School of the Arts.

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Bach's Cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!, BWV 51, V. Aria, "Alleluja!"
English Concert | Harry Bicket, Conductor | Elizabeth Watts, Soprano
harmonia mundi

At a Glance

Tonight's program, led by early-music specialist Harry Bicket, presents a kaleidoscopic panorama of music from 18th-century Europe, with an emphasis on music from German- and French-speaking countries. 

The first half of the concert presents two very different sides of J. S. Bach. Written in Köthen at a time of enormous artistic freedom, Bach's Concerto for Oboe, Violin, and Continuo in C Minor is full of the sparkle and muscularity that characterizes some of his most beloved works. The Calvinist town of Köthen did not require liturgical music, but when Bach moved to Leipzig, he was suddenly responsible for a huge volume of church music, including cantata cycles for the entire year. "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!," written in 1730, is one of the only cantatas Bach ever wrote for solo soprano, most likely written for an extremely virtuosic, traveling singer. 

A friend of Lully and a talented violinist, Jean-Fery Rebel shared Bach's work ethic and political acumen. His masterpiece Les élémens traces the creation of the world from abject chaos all the way through the courtly love. The concert closes with a suite drawn from Christoph Willibald Gluck's Armide. The Viennese composer scandalized and wowed Parisian audiences with his many operas; he considered Armide his personal favorite.  
Program Notes

ACJW Collaborates with Emanuel Ax
$10 student rush tickets are available in the mezzanine.
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 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, and Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr.

Additional support has been provided by The Bodman Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, and Leslie and Tom Maheras.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State.
This performance is part of Chamber Sessions I.