Performance Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 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 takes on all it plays with a nearly boundless energy that’s matched only by its remarkable musical skill—a perfect combination for music like Dvořák’s Op. 81 Piano Quintet.

This concert is part of Salon Encores. The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Ensemble ACJW


  • JOHN HARBISON Wind Quintet
  • RAVEL Sonata for Violin and Cello
  • DVORÁK Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81


  • 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.

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Dvorák's Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, Scherzo (Furiant), Molto vivace
Juilliard String Quartet | Rudolf Firkusny, Piano

At a Glance

Tonight, Ensemble ACJW presents two quintets and a duo: 19th- and 20th-century works for winds, strings, and piano. Written in 1979, American composer John Harbison's Wind Quintet was composed for the Aulos Quintet; it remains one of the most virtuosic, challenging, and rewarding works in the repertoire. Traveling back to Paris in the 1920s, Maurice Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello, written as an homage to Claude Debussy, was the first significant work that he composed after World War I. With its stark texture and emphasis on melody, the sonata marked a turning point in the French composer's career. Finishing the program is Antonín Dvořák's Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, a beautiful and powerful work that celebrates the composer's pride in his Czech heritage.
Program Notes

ACJW Collaborates with Emanuel Ax
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 and the National Endowment for the Arts.
This performance is part of Ensemble ACJW.

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