• Monday, Nov 8, 2010

    Ensemble ACJW in Residence at Niemeyer Center in Asturias, Spain, November 16–23



    Alumni of The Academy To Take Part in Week-Long Residency,
    Teaching Local Music Students at Conservatories in Avilés and Oviedo,
    and Performing at Avilés’ Teatro Palacio Valdés on November 20,
    Mieres’ Jeronimo Ibran Cultural Center on November 21, and
    Oviedo’s Filarmonica Theatre on November 22


    (November 8, 2010, NEW YORK, NY)—A new partnership between New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Niemeyer Center, the new Spanish international cultural center, will bring some of the world’s finest young professional musicians to Asturias, Spain, from November 16–23 for a week-long residency to include public performances and workshops with local music students.

    Beginning on November 16, more than a dozen alumni 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—will take up residency in Asturias. As Ensemble ACJW, the musicians will present free performances at Avilés’ Teatro Palacio Valdés on Saturday, November 20 and Mieres’ Jeronimo Ibran Cultural Center on Sunday, November 21 with both programs to include works by Mozart, Dvorák, and David Bruce. The group will also present a free concert at Oviedo’s Filarmonica Theatre on Monday, November 22 to include music by Nielsen, Mozart, and Dvorák.

    Throughout their visit, The Academy musicians will interact with students from the Avilés Conservatory and the Oviedo Superior Conservatory, engaging with students from first grade through college level, through workshops, coachings, and individual lessons. On November 21, local conservatory students will present a concert at Avilés’ St. Augustin Hospital, including music that they have prepared with The Academy players. Tickets to Ensemble ACJW’s public performances will be offered first to local conservatories, music academies, and schools, in line with Niemeyer Center’s focus on education.

    Designed by the legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer, Niemeyer Center is a new and leading Spanish project in arts and culture, scheduled to open its doors in December 2010. In advance of its official opening, it has already received visits from prestigious world cultural figures such as Stephen Hawking, Vint Cerf, Kevin Spacey, Paulo Coelho, Teresa Berganza, Wole Soyinka, Woody Allen, and Yo-Yo Ma. Education is key to the mission of Niemeyer Center. Carnegie Hall and Niemeyer Center announced their new international collaboration in December 2009.

    Established in 2007 by Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School’s President Joseph W. Polisi, The Academy is a two-year fellowship program that supports young professional 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 United States, 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—ranging from centuries past to works written days before an event—in a variety of performance venues. In New York City, the group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and regularly appears at Paul Hall at The Juilliard School and (Le) Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. In partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble ACJW also gives master classes to university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs community in upstate New York, both in 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 all five boroughs of New York City. In their second year of the program, they also develop innovative, community-based group projects.

    As The Academy continues to evolve, a large number of alumni are maintaining a close relationship with the program, returning to perform as part of Ensemble ACJW at Carnegie Hall and for national and international audiences. During the 2009–2010 season, alumni of the program performed sold-out concerts at Germany’s Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and were presented at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall with much success. Both venues have invited Academy fellows back to perform during the 2010–2011 season. Continuing this new tradition of international residencies, alumni travel to Asturias, Spain, to participate in this November residency in partnership with Niemeyer Center.

    Since its opening in 1891, Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for excellence in performance. Today, the pre-eminent concert hall presents close to 180 performances by the world’s finest artists on its three stages—Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Zankel Hall, and Weill Recital Hall—with offerings ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music and solo recitals to jazz, world, and popular music. Extensive music education programs developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute serve more than 115,000 people annually in the New York metropolitan area, across the United States, and around the world, supporting Carnegie Hall’s commitment as a non-profit organization to making great music accessible to as many people as possible. Carnegie Hall’s partner in establishing The Academy program, The Juilliard School, is one of the world’s pre-eminent conservatories of dance, drama, and music. Founded in 1905, Juilliard continues, in its second century, to educate an astounding array of artists and leaders in the performing arts, with its current student body representing 39 US states and 46 countries from around the globe.

    Musicians of Ensemble ACJW
    Owen Dalby, violin
    Joanna Marie Frankel, violin
    Meena M. Bhasin, viola
    Nicholas Canellakis, cello
    Evan Premo, double bass
    Cheng wen Winnie Lai, oboe
    James Austin Smith, oboe
    Alicia Lee, clarinet
    Sarah Beaty, clarinet
    Seth Baer, bassoon
    Brad Balliett, bassoon
    Alana Vegter, horn
    Eric Reed, horn
    Alma Maria Liebrecht, horn
    Greg DeTurck, piano

    Information about Ensemble ACJW Performances in Asturias:

    Saturday, November 20, 2010
    Teatro Palacio Valdés

    Avilés, Spain

    MOZART Divertimento in D Major, K. 251
    DAVID BRUCE Gumboots
    DVORÁK Serenade in D Minor, Op. 44

    Sunday, November 21, 2010
    Jeronimo Ibran Cultural Center

    Mieres, Spain

    MOZART Divertimento in D Major, K. 251
    DAVID BRUCE Gumboots
    DVORÁK Serenade in D Minor, Op. 44

    Monday, November 22, 2010
    Filarmonica Theatre

    Oviedo, Spain

    NIELSEN Serenata in vano, Op. 68
    MOZART Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major, K. 375
    DVORÁK Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81

    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—is made possible by a leadership gift from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Major funding has also 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, and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, with additional support from Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Susan and Ed Forst, Mrs. Nancy A. Marks, the Edward John Noble Foundation, The William Petschek Family, 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 National Endowment for the Arts, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of 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. 




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