• Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013

    Ensemble ACJW Begins Its 2013–2014 Season

    Ensemble ACJW Performs More Than 20 Concerts This Season, Including Collaborations with
    Conductors David Robertson and Susanna Malkki, and
    Premieres of New Works by Andy Akiho and Georg Friedrich Haas
    Members of Ensemble ACJW Continue to Engage in Community Work Through Musical
    Connections–A Program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute–
    Connecting Through Music with People in Need Across New York City
    New Concert Series at Greenwich Village Venue SubCulture Begins in January 2014
    Ensemble ACJW—an inspirational collective of young professional musicians who are fellows in a two-year program that supports them in building careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers—returns for its seventh year in the 2013–2014 season. Members of ACJW play music at the highest level, partner with New York City public school music teachers and classrooms throughout the school year, lead biannual residencies at Skidmore College, perform in a variety of community settings, and possess a strong commitment to professional development. Established in January 2007 by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Ensemble ACJW 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.

    Highlights of Ensemble ACJW’s 2013–2014 concert season include over twenty performances across New York City including programs conducted by Susanna Mälkki and David Robertson in Zankel Hall and premieres of new music by composers George Friedrich Haas and Andy Akiho, both commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The group’s Carnegie Hall season begins on Monday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall, with a program to include Four Madrigals by Monteverdi and arranged by Raymond Mase, Dvorák’s String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77, as well as fanfares written by ACJW members Stuart Breczinski, Thomas Bergeron, and Doug Balliett and the new work by Mr. Akiho. See below for complete details on ACJW’s 2013-2014 performance schedule.

    New this season: Beginning in January 2014, Ensemble ACJW will perform a three-concert series at Greenwich Village music venue SubCulture, with programs conceived and developed by the musicians. The group will also play a wide variety of free concerts—at The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall, at Trinity Wall Street, and as part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series. Ensemble ACJW also continues its highly successful biannual residency at Skidmore College, which brings the fellows’ music-making and community engagement work to the Saratoga Springs, New York area.

    In addition to their performances, members of Ensemble ACJW will return to New York City public schools this fall, with each musician working alongside a partner music teacher, all bringing their expert musicianship as well as a professional performer’s perspective to band, keyboard, and string programs in music classrooms in all five city boroughs. Each member of Ensemble ACJW will develop and play in an interactive ensemble concert bringing high-quality performances to their school audience as well to their fellow Academy colleagues’ schools. At the end of this season, on June 10, 2014, select students from these partner schools will come together at The Juilliard School’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater for a culminating concert for musicians, students, teachers, and families, in celebration of their work together throughout the two year partnership.

    Ensemble ACJW Members and Schools, September 2013–June 2014:

    Doug Balliett, Double Bass
    Bronx MS 244 The New School for Leadership and the Arts (Kingsbridge, Bronx)

    Nanci Belmont, Bassoon
    PS 207 Elizabeth G. Leary (Marine Park, Brooklyn)

    Thomas Bergeron, Trumpet
    Fordham High School for the Arts (Fordham, Bronx)

    Stuart Breczinski, Oboe
    PS 112 Lefferts Park School (Dyker Heights, Brooklyn)

    Liam Burke, Clarinet
    PS 21 Edward Hart (Flushing, Queens)

    Paul Won Jin Cho, Clarinet (Alumnus)
    PS 200 Benson School (Bath Beach, Brooklyn)

    Hannah Collins, Cello
    IS 061 William A. Morris (Randall Manor, Staten Island)

    Tony Flynt, Double Bass
    NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies (Chelsea, Manhattan)

    Catherine Gregory, Flute
    PS/MS 46 Arthur Tappan School (Harlem, Manhattan)

    Megan Griffin, Viola
    City College Academy of the Arts (Washington Heights, Manhattan)

    Caleb Hudson, Trumpet
    Fort Hamilton High School (Bay Ridge, Brooklyn)

    Alexandria Le, Piano
    PS 241 Emma L. Johnston School (Crown Heights, Brooklyn)

    Clara Lyon, Violin
    PS/MS 161 Pedro Albizu Campos (Harlem, Manhattan)

    Grace Park, Violin
    PS 157 Grove HillSchool (Melrose, Bronx)

    Michelle Ross, Violin
    Brooklyn High School of the Arts (Boerum Hill, Brooklyn)

    John Stulz, Viola
    The 51 Avenue Academy (Elmhurst, Queens)

    Ian Sullivan, Percussion
    MS 158 Marie Curie (Bayside, Queens)

    Laura Weiner, French Horn
    Grover Cleveland High School (Ridgewood, Queens)

    Tyler Wottrich, Piano
    Pelham Academy of Academic and Community Engagement (Bronxdale, Bronx)

    Alice Yoo, Cello
    Edward R. Murrow High School (Midwood, Brooklyn)

    Ensemble ACJW, 2013–2014 Concert Season

    Performances: During the 2013–2014 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; SubCulture 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.

    2013–2014 season highlights include:

    •    Monday, October 21 at Weill Recital Hall—Ensemble ACJW performs Monteverdi’s polyphonic gems, performing four madrigals in an innovative arrangement for brass quintet arranged by Raymond Mase. The concert also features the New York premiere of a new work by Andy Akiho, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Dvorák’s String Quintet in G Major, and fanfares written by ACJW members Stuart Breczinski, Thomas Bergeron, and Doug Balliett. (This program is also performed on October 18 at Skidmore College.)

    •    Tuesday, November 12 at Paul Hall—Ensemble ACJW presents a free concert at Juilliard’s Paul Hall with an invigorating program of works by Bach, Donatoni, Brahms, Elliott Carter, and György Kurtág.

    •    Saturday, December 14 at Zankel Hall—Celebrated conductor David Robertson, music director of the St. Louis Symphony, leads Ensemble ACJW in a performance of Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs with guest soprano Dawn Upshaw. The program also includes Steve Reich’s City Life and Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta.

    •    Friday, February 28, 2014––Ensemble ACJW performs Schoenberg’s beautifully lush chamber piece Verklärte Nacht on a program that also includes Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, and the New York premiere of a new work by Georg Friedrich Haas, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. (This program is also performed on February 14 at Skidmore College.)

    •    Wednesday, March 26 at Weill Recital Hall—Ensemble ACJW performs an all-American program, featuring Aaron Copland’s iconic Appalachian Spring, Charles Ives’s The Unanswered Question, and John Adams’s Shaker Loops. The group also performs pierced, a work by David Lang, holder of this season’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall.

    •    Thursday, May 10 at Zankel Hall—Acclaimed Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki conducts the ensemble in a concert bookended by Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 and John Adams’s Chamber Symphony. Jukka Tiensuu’s Mora, featuring tenor Topi Lehtipuu, and George Benjamin’s Three Inventions complete the program.

    Trinity Wall Street Series: For a third consecutive year, Ensemble ACJW performs a free three-concert series in downtown Manhattan at Trinity Wall Street. This year’s concerts are on April 10, 24, and May 1, and includes repertoire featured throughout the season, including works by Monteverdi, Dvorák, Andy Akiho, Beethoven, Bach, Ligeti, Schoenberg, and Georg Friedrich Haas.

    SubCulture Series: New this season and building on the success of Ensemble ACJW’s four-year run of concerts at (Le) Poisson Rouge, the fellows will perform a three-concert series at Greenwich Village’s SubCulture on January 22, April 29, and June 11.

    See attached calendar for more concert details.

    Residencies & Special Projects

    Skidmore College: From October 15–19, 2013 and February 11–15, 2014, Ensemble ACJW heads to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, for a seventh 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, work with Skidmore College music students in master classes and student composers in composition reading sessions, and undertake community outreach in the surrounding Saratoga Springs community.

    Musical Connections: Ensemble ACJW will continue to work with people in need, engaging in in community-based musical work in non-traditional venues across New York City through Musical Connections—a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Through this program, fellows will participate in performance and composition based residencies at correctional facilities, healthcare settings, and senior-service organizations throughout New York City.

    Alumni Activities
    Carnegie Hall continues to maintain strong relationships with ACJW program alumni, offering them a wide range of opportunites. In 2011, the alumni created Decoda, a musical collective designed to take what the musicians have learned during their time in Ensemble ACJW and create an entrepreneurial model for artists who want to meaningfully engage with society. During the 2013–2014 season, Decoda returns to Merida, Mexico (November 3–10) and Abu Dhabi for multi-day residencies, each including performing, teaching, and community-engagement activities.

    Ensemble ACJW
    Created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School’s President Joseph W. Polisi, Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective of young professional musicians who are fellows in a two-year program that supports them in building careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who fully engage with the communities in which they live and work.

    Ensemble ACJW fellows—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 Colburn School, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Rice University, University of Southern California, and Yale School of Music.

    “The new face of classical music for New York ... these performers have the musical goods,” said The New York Times. This is just one of the many accolades Ensemble ACJW has received for the quality of its performances and 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 has regularly appeared at The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City, including (Le) Poisson Rouge nightclub in Greenwich Village, Subculture in Noho, and Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble ACJW gives master classes for university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs community in both concert halls and in informal settings around town.

    Along with performance opportunities at premier venues in New York City and beyond, Ensemble ACJW fellows each partner with a New York City public school to share their artistry with—and become central resources for—music classrooms in the five boroughs. Ensemble ACJW fellows also take part in community work through the Weill Music Institute’s Musical Connections program, in which they perform at multiple non-traditional music venues across New York City, including healthcare settings, correctional facilities, and senior-service organizations. Throughout the two-year program, Ensemble ACJW fellows participate in rigorous, ongoing professional development to ensure that they gain the necessary skills to be successful in all areas of the program and to become leaders in their field. Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, engagement strategies on and off the stage, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their in-school work.

    Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the community, the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Visit acjw.org to learn more.

    Major funding for Ensemble ACJW—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 The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Edward C. Forst and Goldman Sachs Gives, the Max 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 Bodman Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, and Leslie and Tom Maheras.

    Public support is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Education.
    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: www.juilliard.edu

    Ticket Information for Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center
    Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors, Free for students and children For more information, please visit skidmore.edu/zankel or call the college’s Department of Music at 518-580-5320.

    Ticket Information for Subculture
    For more information, visit boxoffice@subculturenewyork.com or call 212-533-5470.
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