• Thursday, Jan 27, 2011

    Ensemble ACJW Continues Season this February and March with Performances Throughout New York City



    Biannual Residency at Skidmore College Brings Musicians to Saratoga Springs
    for Master Classes, Community Engagement, and Concerts, February 1–5

    Group Performs World Premiere of Steampunk by David Bruce,
    February 4 at Skidmore College and February 7 at Weill Recital Hall

    Pianist Jeremy Denk Joins Ensemble ACJW for
    Music of Ives at (Le) Poisson Rouge on March 20

    David Robertson Conducts Mozart’s Unfinished Opera Zaide along with
    NY Premiere of Berio’s Completion of the Opera in Zankel Hall on March 31


    This winter, Ensemble ACJW—the performance arm of The Academy—continues its 2010–2011 season with eclectic programs throughout New York City. Ensemble ACJW also returns to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York; from February 1–5 for its biannual residency; in which the group performs a concert in Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall as well as informal performances in non-traditional settings; works with Skidmore College music students and student composers; and engages the surrounding Saratoga Springs community through visits to schools and other community sites.

    As part of the Skidmore residency, on Friday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. in the campus’s Arthur Zankel Music Center (in the center’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall), Ensemble ACJW performs the world premiere of David Bruce’s Steampunk, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Steampunk is a five-movement piece derived from the composer’s idea that classical music’s live unamplified sound mirrors that of “steampunk” design, with steampunk referring to a genre of fiction that concerns technology from a pre-modern era. The program also includes Janacek’s Mládí and Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat Major. Ensemble ACJW previously collaborated with Mr. Bruce on his last two Carnegie Hall commissions, Gumboots and Piosenki. For a short video about their collaboration on Gumboots, visit Carnegie Hall's YouTube station. Gumboots performed in its entirety by Ensemble ACJW can be viewed by clicking here.

    Ensemble ACJW repeats this program, including the New York premiere of Steampunk, at Weill Recital Hall on Monday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. The group then performs two free concerts. The first on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. is a Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert at the Pregones Theater in the Bronx with program to include contemporary works by Charles Wuorinen, Lou Harrison, and Astor Piazzolla. The second free concert, on Thursday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m., will be at The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall with works to include George Crumb’s Madrigals, Book I with guest soprano Kiera Duffy; Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major; and Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A Major, "Trout.”

    On Sunday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m., Ensemble ACJW returns to Greenwich Village nightclub (Le) Poisson Rouge for the first of three concerts this season. One of last season’s “ACJW Gets Extreme” series concerts at (Le) Poisson Rouge prompted Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times to call it “…one of the most liberating programs I have heard in years.” For this season kick-off concert at the venue, the group performs Charles Ives’s Piano Trio with special guest artist Jeremy Denk, on a program that also includes Jonathan Dawe’s Symphony of Imaginary Numbers, several of György Kurtág’s Bach Transcriptions, and Ives’s The Unanswered Question.

    Acclaimed conductor and St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson leads Ensemble ACJW on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall. The evening’s program will include Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide (Das Serail) paired with the New York premiere of composer Luciano Berio’s completion of the opera, entitled Vor, während nach Zaide. Soloists will include soprano Deanna Breiwick, tenors Paul Appleby and Jeffrey Hill, baritone Kelly Markgraf, and bass-baritone Shenyang, in addition to soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and Juilliard Opera.

    The Academy/Ensemble ACJW
    Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music, the fellows of The Academy are redefining what it means to be a musician today.

    Created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School’s President Joseph W. Polisi, The Academy supports the finest postgraduate musicians in developing 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, 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, Mannes College The New School for Music, New England Conservatory, and Yale School of Music.

    As Ensemble ACJW, the fellows are an inspirational musical collective that 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 regularly appears at Paul Hall at The Juilliard School. 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 in both concert halls and in informal settings around town.

    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, they also develop innovative, community-based group projects. Among those produced in recent years were 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.

    All of these activities make The Academy a dynamic program that is fostering musicians dedicated to making music central to all of our cultural lives. Visit acjw.org to learn more.

    Program Information
    Friday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m.
    Arthur Zankel Music Center

    Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall
    Skidmore College


    DAVID BRUCE Steampunk (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

    Admission is free; for more information, please call the college's Department of Music at 518-580-5320.

    Monday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m.
    Weill Recital Hall

    DAVID BRUCE Steampunk (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

    Tickets: $25

    Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
    Pregones Theater
    571-575 Walton Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10451


    LOU HARRISON Varied Trio
    ASTOR PIAZZOLLA Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)

    Tickets: Free

    The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target®.

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
    Paul Hall
    The Julliard School

    Kiera Duffy, Soprano

    GEORGE CRUMB Madrigals, Book I
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K. 581
    FRANZ SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, "Trout"

    Tickets: Free

    Sunday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
    (Le) Poisson Rouge

    Jeremy Denk, Piano

    JONATHAN DAWE Symphony of Imaginary Numbers
    GYÖRGY KURTÁG Bach Transcriptions
    CHARLES IVES The Unanswered Question
    CHARLES IVES Piano Trio

    Tickets: $20

    Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    David Robertson, Conductor
    Deanna Breiwick, Soprano (Zaide)
    Paul Appleby, Tenor (Gomatz)
    Jeffrey Hill, Tenor (Sultan Soliman)
    Kelly Markgraf, Baritone (Allazim)
    Shenyang, Bass-Baritone (Osmin)
    Soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and Juilliard Opera

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Zaide (Das Serail), K. 344
    LUCIANO BERIO Vor, während, nach Zaide (NY Premiere)

    Tickets: $38, $50

    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 Mercedes and Sid Bass, The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Martha and Bob Lipp, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., Judith and Burton Resnick, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, with additional support from The Arnow Family Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Susan and Ed Forst, Mrs. Nancy A. Marks, the Edward John Noble Foundation, and Suki Sandler.

    The Academy School Partnerships benefitting NYC public school students are made possible, in part, by Bank of America.

    The Academy is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Department of State, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

    Ticket Information for Carnegie Hall
    Tickets are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For more information on discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.

    Ticket Information for The Juilliard School
    Ensemble ACJW concerts at Juilliard’s Paul Hall are free, but tickets are required and are available at The Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, located at 155 West 65th Street; by calling the Box Office at 212-769-7406; or by visiting the Juilliard website: juilliard.edu. Tickets frequently are completely distributed on the first day available, but a standby line forms one hour prior to the performance on the day of the concert.

    Ticket Information for (Le) Poisson Rouge
    For more information, visit lprnyc.com or call 212-505-FISH (3474) or the Ticket Hotline at 866-55-TICKETS.

    Ticket Information for Skidmore College
    Admission for Ensemble ACJW concerts at Skidmore College’s Ladd Concert Hall is free. For more information, please call the college’s Department of Music at 518-580-5320.



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