• Monday, Sep 10, 2012

    Twenty New Musicians Join The Academy, A Two-Year Fellowship Program Combining Performance, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership

    As Ensemble ACJW, Academy Fellows Perform Concerts at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and Community Venues Throughout New York City; Musicians Also Partner with Local Music Teachers, Working in NYC Public Schools  
    2012-2013 Concert Highlights Include Baroque Program Led by Harry Bicket and Music by Messiaen with Conductor Robert Spano and Pianist Juho Pohjonen, Plus World Premieres of New Works by Samuel Carl Adams and Missy Mazzoli 
    Residencies Bring Current Fellows to New York’s Skidmore College, and Academy Alumni to National & International Locations, Including Germany, Abu Dhabi, and Hong Kong
    A new class of twenty young professional musicians will join The Academy at the start of the 2012–2013 season. 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 a two-year fellowship designed to prepare the world’s finest young musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, and leadership. It offers performance opportunities and residencies in New York City and beyond, partnerships within New York City public schools—with each fellow paired with an instrumental music teacher for a year-long performance residency—and intensive professional development.

    As part of the critically acclaimed Ensemble ACJW, the musicians collectively perform a number of concerts throughout the season at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and other venues throughout New York City, including a series at (Le) Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village with programs conceived by the fellows themselves. Some program highlights of Ensemble ACJW’s six Carnegie Hall concerts this season include Zankel Hall programs led by early music specialist and artistic director of The English Concert Harry Bicket and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano. Mr. Bicket conducts the musicians in works by Bach, Gluck, and Rebel, with soprano Lucy Crowe as guest soloist; Mr. Spano leads the group in Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles… with guest pianist Juho Pohjonen. Other music to be heard on Ensemble ACJW programs in the new season ranges from Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, and Schubert to premieres of new works by Samuel Carl Adams and Missy Mazzoli, commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

    The Academy’s in-school residency represents one of the largest in-depth collaborations between a cultural institution and New York City public schools. Each fellow is partnered with a local public school for a performance residency that totals 25 days over the course of the year. Fellows bring mastery of their instruments as well as a professional performer’s perspective to music classrooms in all five boroughs of New York City. They team up with each school’s instrumental music teacher to build students’ musical skills through a tailored and creative approach, depending on the school’s needs. Fellows also create, develop, and perform in interactive ensemble concerts with Academy colleagues in each of the ensemble members’ schools.

    Created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School’s President Joseph D. 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.

    Introducing the 2012–2013 Academy fellows:

    Doug Balliett Double Bass Westborough, MA

    The Juilliard School (Graduate)
    Harvard University (Undergraduate)

    Nanci Belmont Bassoon Spring Hill, FL

    Manhattan School of Music (Graduate)
    Florida State University (Undergraduate)

    Thomas Bergeron Trumpet South Hadley, MA

    Yale School of Music (Graduate),
    University of Massachusetts (Undergraduate)

    Stuart Breczinski Oboe Golden Valley, MN The Hartt School/University of Hartford (Graduate)
    The University of Iowa (Undergraduate)
    Liam Burke Clarinet Scituate, MA The Juilliard School (Graduate and Undergraduate)
    Gabriel Campos Zamora Clarinet San Jose, Costa Rica The Colburn School (Undergraduate)
    Hannah Collins Cello Geneva, NY

    Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Graduate)
    Yale School of Music (Graduate)
    Yale University (Undergraduate)

    Tony Flynt Double Bass Alexandria, VA

    New England Conservatory (Graduate)
    The Colburn School (Graduate)
    Rice University (Undergraduate)

    Catherine Gregory Flute Brisbane, Australia

    Carnegie Mellon University (Graduate)
    The Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Graduate and Undergraduate)

    Megan Griffin Viola Englewood, CO The Juilliard School (Graduate and Undergraduate)
    Caleb Hudson Trumpet Lexington, KY The Juilliard School (Graduate and Undergraduate)
    Alexandria Le Piano Las Vegas, NV

    SUNY Stony Brook (Graduate)
    The Eastman School (Undergraduate)

    Clara Lyon Violin Boalsburg, PA

    SUNY Stony Brook (Graduate)
    The Juilliard School (Undergraduate)

    Grace Park Violin Los Angeles, CA New England Conservatory (Graduate and Undergraduate)
    Michelle Ross Violin Scarsdale, NY

    The Juilliard School (Graduate)
    Columbia University (Undergraduate)

    John Stulz Viola Columbus, OH University of Southern California (Undergraduate)
    Ian Sullivan Percussion Linwood, NJ The Juilliard School (Graduate)
    University of Michigan (Undergraduate)
    Laura Weiner Horn Colorado Springs, CO

    University of Wisconsin (Graduate) Northwestern University (Undergraduate)

    Tyler Wottrich

    Piano Roseville, MN

    SUNY Stony Brook (Graduate)
    University of Minnesota (Undergraduate)

    Alice Yoo Cello Bozeman, MT

    University of Southern California (Graduate)
    Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England (Graduate)
    New England Conservatory (Undergraduate)

    The Academy’s 2012–2013 Season Highlights
    Performances: During the 2012–2013 season, Ensemble ACJW will perform numerous concerts at a wide variety of venues, including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall; The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall; (Le) Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village; Trinity Wall Street; 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 in upstate New York.

    • Monday, October 22 at Weill Recital Hall—For its first concert of the 2012-2013 season in New York City, Ensemble ACJW performs Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K.581; Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence for String Sextet, Op. 70; and the New York premiere of a new work by Samuel Carl Adams, commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

    • Sunday, November 11 at Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church (program also performed at Paul Hall on Tuesday, November 13)—As part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival Voices from Latin America, Ensemble ACJW performs two free concerts of works by great Latin American composers of the twentieth century, including Villa-Lobos, Revueltas, Piazzolla, and Ana Lara.

    • Sunday, December 2 at Zankel Hall—Guest conductor Harry Bicket leads Ensemble ACJW in a program of Baroque-era repertoire, including Bach’s Cantata No. 51: Jauch et Gott in allen Landen with guest soprano Lucy Crowe; Bach’s Concerto for Oboe, Violin, and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1060; Rebel’s Les élémens (“The Elements”); and Gluck’s Suite from Armide.

    • Wednesday, January 9 at Paul Hall—Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps and Mozart’s Serenade for Winds in C Minor, K.388, comprise this free program.

    • Monday, February 18 at Weill Recital Hall—Ensemble ACJW performs Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Winds; Brahms’s Trio in E-flat Major for Violin, Horn, and Piano; and the New York premiere of a new work by Missy Mazzoli, commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

    • Monday, March 11 at Paul Hall—This free program by Ensemble ACJW includes Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051; Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K.493; and Brahms’s String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111.

    • Tuesday, March 19 at Zankel Hall—Guest conductor Robert Spano leads Ensemble ACJW and guest pianist Juho Pohjonen in a performance of Messiaen’s large-scale 1974 work Des canyons aux étoiles…, inspired by the landscape and the birds of Utah and its Bryce Canyon area.

    • Sunday, April 14 at Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church (program also performed at Weill Recital Hall on Wednesday, April 17)—In a free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert, Ensemble ACJW performs John Harbison’s Wind Quintet, Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, and Dvorák’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81.

    • Friday, May 10 at Weill Recital Hall—In its final Carnegie Hall appearance of the season, Ensemble ACJW performs Elliott Carter’s Triple Duo and Schubert’s Octet in F Major, D.803.

    • Tuesday, June 4 at Paul Hall—To conclude the season, Ensemble ACJW performs a free concert that includes Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major for Two Trumpets, Strings, and Continuo, RV 537; Prokofiev’s Quintet in G Minor, Op. 39; David Lang’s involuntary; and Steve Reich’s Double Sextet.

    Residencies & Special Projects
    Skidmore College: From October 16-20, 2012 and February 12-16, 2013 the Academy fellows will create two extended performance and education residencies in Saratoga Springs, New York. For the sixth consecutive year, fellows will give performances on the Skidmore College campus in the Arthur Zankel Music Center and in non-traditional settings, while also offering master classes and lessons to students in the Skidmore music department. Fellows will also visit Skidmore classes in other departments, work with student and area composers in composition-reading sessions, and visit community venues and K–12 classrooms in the Saratoga Springs area.

    (Le) Poisson Rouge Series: Ensemble ACJW performs an annual series of concerts at the Greenwich Village nightclub (Le) Poisson Rouge with programs conceived and developed by the fellows themselves. Details on this year’s series are to be announced. Past live performances by Ensemble ACJW at LPR (featuring past Academy fellows) are available to hear online at Q2 Music / WQXR. Click the Q2 tab at wqxr.org and search for “Ensemble ACJW”. Repertoire has included music by Bach, Chopin, Thelonious Monk, Radiohead, Louis Andriessen, and David Lang.

    Trinity Wall Street Series: For a second consecutive year, Ensemble ACJW performs a three-concert series in downtown Manhattan at Trinity Wall Street. This year’s concerts are on May 2, 16, and 23, and feature repertoire featured throughout the season, including works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Messiaen, Elliott Carter, Samuel Carl Adams, and Missy Mazzoli.

    Musical Connections: As part of their Academy work, fellows will perform at multiple nontraditional music venues across New York City through Musical Connections—a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The program is designed to bring live music to people coping with challenging social, physical, and emotional circumstances in healthcare settings, correctional facilities, senior-service organizations, and homeless shelters.

    Academy Alumni Activities
    Carnegie Hall has worked to maintain close relationships with program alumni, offering them a wide range of opportunities. As the reputation of Ensemble ACJW and The Academy has grown, demand for work by its alumni has developed as well. National and international residencies—each including performing, teaching, and community-engagement activities—have taken groups of Academy alumni to Mexico, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, Iceland, India, Germany, and Spain. Future residencies will take groups to Hong Kong and on return visits to Germany and Abu Dhabi. In addition, Carnegie Hall will work with The Declassified, a new artist collective created earlier this year by Academy alumni, on these and other residencies. The Declassified will also be featured this year in a Carnegie Hall Family Concert on Saturday, March 2.

    The Academy
    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 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 Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Rice University, The Colburn School, University of Southern California, 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 The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall.

    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.

    Visit acjw.org to learn more.

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    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 Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Edward C. Forst, the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr.

    Additional support has been provided by The Edwin Caplin Foundation, Leslie and Tom Maheras, and the Edward John Noble Foundation.

    Public support is provided by 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.

    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 available by calling the the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliardat 212-769-7406; or by visiting the Juilliard website: www.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.


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