• Monday, Sep 27, 2010

    The Academy, Fellowship Program for Young Professional Musicians, Begins 2010-2011 Season


    BEGINS ITS 2010–2011 SEASON

    New Class of Fellows—20 Outstanding Young Performers—To Begin
    Two-Year Fellowship with Concerts at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School,
    and In Local Communities; Plus Work in New York City Public Schools

    The Academy Performance Group—Ensemble ACJW—Plays Throughout
    New York City with Concerts Led by Sir Simon Rattle and
    David Robertson, and Premieres of New Music by
    Timothy Andres and David Bruce

    (Le) Poisson Rouge Concert Series Continues at Greenwich Village Venue

    Residencies at New York’s Skidmore College, Spain’s Niemeyer Center,
    Germany’s Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Locations in
    India and Mexico Extends the Program to Audiences Outside New York City

    Alumni of The Academy, Now Entering Its Fifth Season, Maintain Close Ties
    with Program Through Ensemble ACJW Concerts and Academy Residencies


    (September 27, 2010, NEW YORK, NY)—The Academy—the acclaimed two-year fellowship program for young professional musicians from leading music schools and conservatories—welcomes a new class of 20 fellows for its fifth season in 2010–2011. Offering performance opportunities and residencies in New York City and beyond, intensive professional development, and year-long partnerships working within New York City public schools, The Academy seeks to equip musicians with the skills and values necessary for careers that combine musical excellence with education, community engagement, and advocacy. Established in January 2007, 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—reflects the belief that the artist of tomorrow will require both the ability to perform at the highest level and the capacity to give back to the community, inspiring the next generation of musicians and music lovers.

    The new class of fellows form this season’s Ensemble ACJW—the performance arm of The Academy—which will come together to perform over 20 concerts at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and other venues in New York City and New York State. Highlights of Ensemble ACJW’s 2010–2011 season include programs conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and David Robertson and featuring such guest artists as sopranos Jessica Rivera and Barbara Hannigan, violinist Christian Tetzlaff, and singers from the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. The group also premieres two new works by composers Timothy Andres and David Bruce, both commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

    Continuing this season, the Ensemble will present a three-concert series at Greenwich Village nightclub and music venue (Le) Poisson Rouge, with programs conceived and developed by the fellows, and will appear in a Family Concert and Neighborhood Concerts presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Also, due to the success of The Academy’s biannual residencies at Skidmore College, the program will continue to partner with Skidmore, bringing the fellow’s music-making to the Saratoga Springs community. Additionally, alumni of The Academy continue to maintain close ties with the program by returning to perform as part of Ensemble ACJW in a variety of concerts presented by Carnegie Hall as well as at other venues in New York City and beyond, including residencies and concerts in Aviles, Spain in partnership with the new Niemeyer Center, Germany’s Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Japan’s Suntory Hall, and in locations in India and Mexico.

    In addition to the myriad performance opportunities provided as part of the program, fellows of The Academy—after initial training and professional development—will head into New York City public schools this fall, working alongside a partner music teacher and bringing mastery of their instruments as well as a professional performer’s perspective to band, keyboard, and string programs in New York City music classrooms. Each fellow will also develop and play in two interactive ensemble concerts with Academy colleagues in each of their schools, bringing high-quality performances to a school audience.

    The Academy Fellows and Schools
    Fellows of The Academy are graduates of leading music schools including The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, The Curtis Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, Columbia University, Eastman School of Music, Harvard University, Indiana University, and the Korean National University of Arts.

    Academy fellows and schools for 2010–2011 are:

    Academy Fellows
    Brian Ellingsen, Double-Bass
    Richard Harris, Trombone

    Paul Won Jin Cho, Clarinet
    Yves Dharamraj, Cello
    Alexey Gorokholinsky, Clarinet
    Shelley Monroe Huang, Bassoon
    David Kaplan, Piano
    Marina Radiushina, Piano
    Brandon Ridenour, Trumpet
    Nathan Schram, Viola
    Yoobin Son, Flute

    Moran Katz, Clarinet

    Keats Dieffenbach, Violin
    ToniMarie Marchioni, Oboe
    Carl Oswald, Oboe
    Emily Popham Gillins, Violin
    Leelanee Sterrett, Horn
    Michael Zell, Percussion

    Margaret Dyer, Viola
    Hamilton Berry, Cello

    PS 157X (757 Cauldwell Avenue)
    Fordham High School for the Arts (500 East Fordham Road)

    PS 200K (1940 Benson Avenue)
    Brooklyn High School of the Arts (345 Dean Street)
    PS 112K (7115 15 Avenue)
    PS 135K (684 Linden Boulevard)
    PS 282K (180 Sixth Avenue)
    PS 130K (70 Ocean Parkway)
    MS 51K (350 Fifth Avenue)
    PS 75K (95 Grove Street)
    PS 207K (4011 Fillmore Avenue)

    PS 46M (2987 Frederick Douglass Boulevard)

    PS 63Q (90-15 Sutter Avenue)
    MS 158Q (46-35 Oceania Street)
    PS 21Q (147-36 26 Avenue)
    PS 62Q (97-25 108th Street)
    PS 13Q (55-01 94 Street)
    MS 137Q (109-15 98 Street)

    Staten Island
    Curtis High School (105 Hamilton Avenue)
    IS 61 (445 Castleton Avenue)

    (Fellows’ biographies available upon request)

    The Academy, 2010–2011 Season
    During the 2010–2011 season, Ensemble ACJW will perform over 20 concerts at a number of venues, including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall; The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall; (Le) Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village; in New York City community venues as part of the free Neighborhood Concert Series presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute; and at Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall.

    2010–2011 season highlights include:

    • Tuesday, October 12 at Weill Recital Hall (also performed October 8 at Skidmore College)—The Academy’s 2010–2011 season kicks off with a program to include the world premiere of Timothy Andres’s new composition, Trade Winds, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The program also includes Schubert’s "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen," D. 965, with soprano Jessica Rivera, and Brahms’s String Sextet in B-Flat Major, Op. 18.
    • Sunday, December 19 at Zankel Hall—Guest conductor Sir Simon Rattle leads Ensemble ACJW in a program that includes Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with guest soloist Christian Tetzlaff, who will also serve as concertmaster for R. Strauss’ Metamorphosen: A Study for 23 Strings. This program also includes Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre with soprano Barbara Hannigan and Rameau’s Suite from Les Boréades. This concert is part of violinist Christian Tetzlaff’s six-event Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall this season.
    • Tuesday, January 18 at Paul Hall—Ensemble ACJW continues its free concert series at Juilliard’s Paul Hall with an exciting contemporary program that includes Wuorinen’s Spinoff, Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, Lou Harrison’s Varied Trio, and Piazzola’s Las cuatro estaciones porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires).
    • Monday, February 7 at Weill Recital Hall (also performed February 4 at Skidmore College)—During the fellows’ Skidmore College residency in February, Ensemble ACJW will perform the world premiere of a new work by David Bruce at the Arthur Zankel Music Center. On February 7, the fellows will bring this new piece to Weill Recital Hall for its New York premiere with a program that also includes Janácek’s Mládí and Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat Major.
    • Thursday, March 31 at Zankel Hall—Guest conductor David Robertson leads Ensemble ACJW in a concert performance of Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide (Das Serail), paired with the New York premiere of Luciano Berio’s completion of the opera, Vor, während, nach Zaide, written in 1995 and consisting of a prelude, interlude, and ending. Zaide soloists include soprano Deanna Breiwick in the role of Zaide, tenor Paul Appleby in the role of Gomatz, bass-baritone Shenyang in the role of Osmin, and additional members of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts.
    • Tuesday, May 10 at Weill Recital Hall—In its last Carnegie Hall concert of the season, Ensemble ACJW will perform a program to include Copland’s Sextet, Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments, and Reich’s Different Trains.

    Note: Click here for a current, complete Ensemble ACJW performance schedule for the 2010-2011 season.

    School Partnerships: After intensive instruction in music education methods, Academy fellows are matched with New York City partner schools, to bring their musicianship, talent, and a unique performer’s perspective into a K-12 classroom. Serving as a musical resource at their partner schools, and depending on each school’s needs, fellows can provide one-on-one or sectional coaching to young instrumental students or coach band or string ensembles. The school residency works as a co-teaching model, focusing on musical skill-building with students through interactive performances and creative approaches to skills-based work, and each culminates in a special creative project in the spring. Outside the music classroom, small groups of fellows develop and perform in two interactive performances at their schools, bringing music to the larger student body. Each fellow is on-site at his or her partner school for 25 days of the school year.

    Academy partner schools receive a number of additional benefits including materials allowances to be used in support of its music program; professional development opportunities for teachers and principals; free concert tickets to select Ensemble ACJW concerts as well as other concerts at Carnegie Hall and Juilliard; and ongoing consultation with Academy staff. Public elementary, middle, and high schools that are within the New York City Department of Education and that have already-existing music programs are eligible to apply for this program. Schools selected for participation in this program will be asked to set aside $1,500 for the partnership school benefits and services provided by The Academy.

    Residencies & Special Projects:
    Skidmore College:
    On October 5–9, 2010 and February 1–5, 2011, Academy fellows head to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, for a fourth year of extended residencies at the school. Continuing to build upon its existing relationship with audiences in the Saratoga Springs community, Ensemble ACJW will perform formal concerts at the Arthur Zankel Music Center and informal performances in non-traditional settings such as dormitories, will work with Skidmore College music students in master classes and student composers in composition reading sessions, and undertake community outreach to schools in the surrounding Saratoga Springs community.

    (Le) Poisson Rouge Series: Building on the success of Ensemble ACJW’s first series at (Le) Poisson Rouge last season, the fellows will program and perform a three-concert series at this Greenwich Village music venue during the 2010–2011 season. Details are to be announced.

    Alumni: As The Academy continues to evolve, a large number of alumni are maintaining a close relationship with the program and have returned to perform as part of Ensemble ACJW at Carnegie Hall and for a variety of national and international audiences. During the 2009–2010 season, alumni of the program were invited to perform at Germany’s Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to sold-out audiences as well as at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall to much success. Both venues have invited Academy fellows back to perform during the 2010–2011 season. Also new this season, alumni will travel to Aviles, Spain to participate in a residency in partnership with the new Niemeyer Center (more details are to be announced). Alumni have also been given the opportunity to co-lead many of the professional development sessions for new fellows, particularly those that focus on in-school work. This season, alumni will also be featured in a Carnegie Hall Family Concert on January 16, 2011 and in a free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert on March 2, 2011 at the Pregones Theater in the Bronx.

    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

    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 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 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.

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    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. 


    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’s Paul Hall
    Ensemble ACJW concerts at Juilliard’s Paul Hall are free, but tickets are required and are available 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.

    Ticket Information for Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center
    Admission for Ensemble ACJW concerts at Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center is free. For more information, please visit skidmore.edu/zankel or call the college’s Department of Music at 518-580-5321.

    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.



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