Performance Friday, May 10, 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 closes out its Weill Recital Hall series with a program that includes Schubert’s Octet, a piece with an unusual instrumentation—string quartet plus bass, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon—but with all the composer’s characteristic tunefulness and charm.

This concert is part of Salon Encores.


  • Ensemble ACJW


  • CARTER Triple Duo
  • SCHUBERT Octet in F Major, D. 803

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • 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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Schubert's Octet in F Major, D. 803, III. Allegro vivace - Trio
Scharoun Ensemble

At a Glance

Tonight's program deals with a variety of different types of conversations. Carter's conversation in Triple Duo involves three pairs of instruments. Like at a dinner party, these pairs converse both with each other as well as with other members of the group—sometimes in an agreeable manner, but also sometimes more combatively.

The Schubert Octet, having been commissioned to complement the Septet of Beethoven, deals more with a compositional conversation that Schubert has with the revered master. Schubert's work pays homage to Beethoven while still finding its own voice. The Octet is a journey between many different styles and moods, oftentimes alternating between restlessness and serenity.

While pairing Schubert and Carter on the same program might seem like a strange choice, these composers in fact led very similar compositional lives. Both Carter and Schubert were extremely prolific during their compositional careers; Carter, in particular, published more than 54 works between the ages of 90 and 103, while Schubert composed more than 600 lieder. Both composers were also interested in setting poetry to their compositions, a process that added lyricism to all of their works.
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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