Performance Monday, October 19, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Ensemble ACJW

Weill Recital Hall
A serenity and sweet lyricism bathes Brahms's Clarinet Quintet in a warm, autumnal glow. The composer’s melodic genius is evident in each movement of this late work, especially in the poignant Adagio where the clarinet sings a melancholy song. This Romantic masterpiece is performed by members of Ensemble ACJW. Called “wonderful players” by Sir Simon Rattle, members of this inspirational collective of outstanding young professional musicians are fellows in a two-year program that supports them in building careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers.

Part of Salon Encores.


  • Ensemble ACJW
    ·· Liam Burke, Clarinet (Alumni)
    ·· Michael James Smith, Piano
    ·· Elizabeth Fayette, Violin
    ·· Siwoo Kim, Violin
    ·· Dana Kelley, Viola
    ·· Danny Kim, Viola
    ·· Michael Katz, Cello


  • SCHUMANN Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132
  • TIMO ANDRES Piano Quintet
  • BRAHMS Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B Minor, Op. 115


  • 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 a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers them top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner throughout the fellowship with a New York City public school.

    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 Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Stony Brook 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 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, Galapagos Art Space and National Sawdust in Brooklyn, and SubCulture in NoHo. 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.

    Moving on to the next stage of their careers, Ensemble ACJW's 83 alumni are now making an impact on the national and international musical landscape in a wide variety of artistic and educational arenas. Continuing the strong bonds formed through the program, in 2011 the alumni formed the chamber music collective Decoda, which has been named an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall.

    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

ROBERT SCHUMANN  Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132

Schumann embodied the spirit of the Romantic era in his affinity for small-scale musical forms and lyrical utterances, his reliance on literary and other extra-musical sources of inspiration, and, above all, the value he placed on emotional freedom and spontaneity. All three factors are in play in the four musical “fairytale narrations” that comprise his fantasy-like Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola, and piano.

TIMO ANDRES  Piano Quintet

The young Brooklyn-based composer-pianist Timo Andres writes music that blends avant-garde elements with broad audience appeal and playfully sophisticated allusions to a wide spectrum of music, both past and present. His Piano Quintet, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall in 2012 for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet, takes its cue from Schumann’s great Piano Quintet in E-flat Major and incorporates a motto from that composer’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 12.

JOHANNES BRAHMS  Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115

Composed in 1891, the Clarinet Quintet is one of several late masterpieces in which Brahms highlighted the silky baritone timbre of the clarinet. Not long after the premiere, Brahms reportedly attended a performance of the work in the clarinetist’s home at which Arthur Nikisch, one of his favorite conductors, was also present. As the final notes died away, according to one witness, Nikisch fell on his knees before the composer in a gesture of wordless admiration.

Program Notes
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
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, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations,The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, and Ernst & Young LLP.

Additional support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, EGL Charitable Foundation, Leslie and Tom Maheras, the Music for Youth Fund, Andrew and Margaret Paul, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and The Renova Group of Companies.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
This performance is part of Ensemble ACJW.

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