Ensemble ACJW-featuring musicians of The Academy-continues its 2012-2013 season with exciting programs of classical and contemporary music at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall as well as a variety of venues throughout New York City.
On Tuesday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducts Ensemble ACJW and guest pianist Juho Pohjonen in a performance of Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles..., a large scale work from 1974 inspired by the landscape and the birds of Utah and its Bryce Canyon area. Also in March, on Monday, March 11 at 8:00 p.m. at Juilliard's Paul Hall, the ensemble performs a free concert of works by Bach, Mozart and Brahms.
In April, Ensemble ACJW performs a program featuring John Harbison's Wind Quintet, Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello, and Dvorák's Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 in two settings: a free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert at Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. and in Weill Recital Hall on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m., Ensemble ACJW closes out its Weill Recital Hall series with two chamber works that utilize unusual instrumentation: Schubert's Octet, written for string quartet plus bass, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon; and Elliott Carter's 1982 work Triple Duo, for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, and cello.
For a second consecutive year, Ensemble ACJW performs a free three-concert May lunchtime series in downtown Manhattan at Trinity Church Wall Street, beginning Thursday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m. with a performance of Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps. The musicians return to the venue on Thursday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m., performing Samuel Carl Adams's twenty four strings, as well as pieces by Bach and Mozart. Their program on Thursday, May 23, at 1:00 p.m., features Missy Mazzoli's Set That On Fire and Brahm's Trio in E-flat Major for Violin, Horn, and Piano.
Ensemble ACJW concludes its season at Juilliard's Paul Hall on Tuesday, June 4 at 5:00 p.m., with 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.
In addition to its concert programs, the musicians of Ensemble ACJW also participate in community-based performances at nontraditional music venues this spring 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. For more information please visit carnegiehall.org/Education/Musical-Connections.
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.