Performance Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Ensemble ACJW

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 gets patriotic with this program of works by 20th- and 21st-century masters of American music. The young musicians perform Copland’s iconic and affecting love letter to rural America on a program that also includes David Lang’s mordant and rhythmically restless pierced, an examination of the penetration of one sound world into another to decode their true meaning.

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


  • Ensemble ACJW
    ·· Catherine Gregory, Flute
    ·· Liam Burke, Clarinet
    ·· Nanci Belmont, Bassoon
    ·· Caleb Hudson, Trumpet
    ·· Alexandria Le, Piano
    ·· Tyler Wottrich, Piano
    ·· Ian Sullivan, Percussion
    ·· Clara Lyon, Violin
    ·· Grace Park, Violin
    ·· Michelle Ross, Violin
    ·· Megan Griffin, Viola
    ·· John Stulz, Viola
    ·· Hannah Collins, Cello
    ·· Alice Yoo, Cello
    ·· Doug Balliett, Bass
    ·· Tony Flynt, Bass
  • Case Scaglione, Conductor


  • IVES The Unanswered Question
  • JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops
  • DAVID LANG pierced
  • COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite for Thirteen Instruments

Event Duration

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


  • Ensemble ACJW

    Created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School's President Joseph W. Polisi, Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective of young professional musicians who are fellows in a two-year program that supports them in building careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who fully engage with the communities in which they live and work.

    Ensemble ACJW fellows-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.

    Ensemble ACJW has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its  performances as well as its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a wide range of music-from centuries past to works written days before an event-in a variety of performance venues. The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and has regularly appeared at The Juilliard School's Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City, including (Le) Poisson Rouge nightclub in Greenwich Village, Subculture in NoHo, and Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. 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 in both concert halls and in informal settings around town.

    Along with performance opportunities at premier venues in New York City and beyond, Ensemble ACJW fellows each partner with a New York City public school to share their artistry with-and become central resources for-music classrooms in the five boroughs. Ensemble ACJW 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. Throughout the two-year program, Ensemble ACJW fellows participate in rigorous, ongoing professional development to ensure that they gain the necessary skills to be successful in all areas of the program and to become leaders in their field. Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, engagement strategies on and off the stage, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their in-school work.

    Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the community, the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Visit to learn more.

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At a Glance

In this program of iconic American composers, it is fitting to commence with music by Charles Ives, considered by many to be the founding father of the American musical tradition. His revolutionary work The Unanswered Question pushed American music into the modernist realm with its juxtaposition of contrasting musical textures, as well as polyrhythmic and polytonal elements. But perhaps the most innovative element is the backdrop of contemplative mystery, in which he musically poses a question that remains unanswered.

The influence of Ives can be heard in the philosophical tenor of two recent orchestral works by John Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls (2002) and My Father Knew Charles Ives (2003). This evening, we hear an earlier piece: Shaker Loops (1978), penned in his trademark minimalist style, which expands the traditional string quartet to a string septet in order to achieve a greater acoustic depth.

David Lang (Carnegie Hall's 2013-2014 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair) shares Adams's minimalist roots. He similarly challenges convention by exploring and pushing the boundaries of the traditional relationship between soloist and ensemble in his work pierced for solo cello, solo piano, solo percussion, and strings.

Aaron Copland, another patriarch of American music, is represented with the Appalachian Spring Suite for Thirteen Instruments. Originally conceived as a ballet, Appalachian Spring continues the broad exploration of American themes in dance that Copland began with Billy the Kid (1938) and Rodeo (1942). The poignancy of Ives's enigmatically painted The Unanswered Question illuminates Copland's Appalachian Spring, in which a similar stroke of poignancy is fashioned with a warm palette that evokes the spirit of 19th-century American pioneers.
Program Notes
David Lang is the holder of the 2013–2014 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall.
Lead funding for Ensemble ACJW is provided by the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.

Major funding 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 Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, and Park Hyatt hotels.

Public support is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Education.
This performance is part of Ensemble ACJW.

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