Performance Wednesday, April 18, 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

Weill Recital Hall
Experience “the brightest, most promising postgraduate musicians the city has to offer” (The New York Times) up close and personal in an intimate Weill Recital Hall performance of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century chamber music, from the autumnal beauty of late Brahms to Perle’s prismatic yet approachable flavor of modernism. Be sure to stay after the concert to meet the artists and enjoy a free drink.


  • Ensemble ACJW


  • PERLE Critical Moments 2
  • FRANÇAIX Wind Quintet
  • BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115


  • 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, the ensemble has 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. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble ACJW gives master classes to 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 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 for their musicianship, and 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, Mannes College The New School for Music, New England Conservatory, 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. In their second year, the fellows take part in community work through the Weill Music Institute's Musical Connections program, in which they perform at multiple nontraditional music venues across New York City. In past years, they participated in community-based group projects, including a collaboration with residents of a Bronx family apartment complex, a pen-pal program that paired young students with professional musicians, and a performance of George Crumb's Voice of the Whale in the American Museum of Natural History's Millstein Hall of Ocean Life.

    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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Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor (Adagio)
Juilliard String Quartet

At a Glance

Hailing from different countries, George Perle, Jean Françaix, and Johannes Brahms each have their own specific and distinctive compositional style. Critical Moments 2 and  the Op. 115 Clarinet Quintet, both written at the end of Perle's and Brahms's lives, respectively, embody the well-defined style of each composer. The Wind Quintet No. 1 was written in the middle of Françaix's career, though it still exhibits the composer's characteristic humorous style.

Perle created the 12-tone tonality method by taking certain elements of 12-tone serialism and applying them to tonal music. Critical Moments 2 develops small musical ideas, while flowing between consonance and dissonance. Françaix is known for writing humorous pieces of music that play with the expectations of the audience; tonight's quintet is one of his many chamber compositions for wind instruments. Alternately, Brahms's Clarinet Quintet is one of the first chamber works by the composer that used woodwind instruments. Although the music sounds like the Romantic Brahms of the famous four symphonies, it reflects the composer's mindset during a time when he was burdened by death.
Program Notes


Jeremy Geffen introduces Brahms's Clarinet Quintet in B Minor

ACJW Collaborates with Emanuel Ax

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Lead Support of The Academy is provided by Goldman Sachs Gives.

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 Susan and Edward C. Forst and Goldman Sachs Gives, The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Martha and Bob Lipp, Judith and Burton Resnick, and the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by The Arnow Family Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Mrs. Nancy A. Marks, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., the Edward John Noble Foundation, The Joe Plumeri Foundation, and Suki Sandler.

Additional funding provided by Breguet, in partnership with Henry and Elizabeth Segerstrom.

The Academy is made possible, in part, by public funds from 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 Ensemble ACJW, and A Golden Age of Music.

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