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Juilliard Kicks Off FOCUS! 2013: THE BRITISH RENAISSANCE Festival, Now thru 2/1

Juilliard's FOCUS! 2013: The British Renaissance festival has announced its lineup, running tonight, January 25 through February 1, 2013. It will feature the New Juilliard Ensemble and more. For details, see the listing below or click HERE.

Opening Night, January 25, 2013
Alice Tully Hall
British Music Since World War II

New Juilliard Ensemble
Joel Sachs, founding director and conductor
Kyle Bielfield, tenor
John Brancy, baritone
Bryan Conger, clarinet
Meredith Treaster, viola

Jonathan Harvey (England) Sringara Chaconne (2008)*
ALEXANDER GOEHR (England) . . .a musical offering (J.S.B. 1985) (1985)
HELEN GRIME (Scotland) Clarinet Concerto (2009)**
John WooLRICH (England) Envoi (1997)*
COLIN MATTHEWS (England) with text by Christopher Reid No Man's Land for tenor, baritone, chamber orchestra, and recorded sound (2011)*

* First performance outside of Europe
** New York Premiere

FREE tickets available 1/11

Friday, January 25, 2013, 8 p.m.
FOCUS! 2013: The British Renaissance Chamber Concert
January 28-31, 2013
Paul Hall
British Music Since World War II

RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT (England) Kandinsky Variations for two pianos (1977)
Yang Liu and Jiayan Sun, pianos

BRIAN FERNEYHOUGH (England) Cassandra's Dream Song for solo flute (1970)
Daniel James, flute

GEORGE BENJAMIN (England) Viola Viola for two violas (1997)
Fitzhugh Gary and Daniel Kim, violas

DEIRDRE GRIBBIN (Northern Ireland) What the Whaleship Saw for string quartet (2004)*
Caitlin Kelly and Emma Sutton, violins
Luke Fleming, viola
Andrew Briggs, cello

Judith Weir (Scotland/England) Piano Trio Two (2003-04)
Maria Semes, violin
Julian Schwarz, cello
Rozalyn Chok, piano

Peter Maxwell Davies (England) Sonata for cello and piano, "Sequentia serpentigena" (2007)
Sofia Nowik, cello
Ari Livne, piano

* First performance outside of Europe

FREE tickets available 1/11

Monday, January 28, 2013, 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 8 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2013, 8 p.m.
FOCUS! 2013: The British Renaissance Panel Discussion
January 29, 2013
Paul Hall
British Music Since World War II

Panel discussion with Michael Zev Gordon, Deirdre Gribbin, David Wordsworth, and Errollyn Wallen, moderated by Joel Sachs

FREE tickets available 1/11

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 7 p.m.
FOCUS! 2013: The British Renaissance Final Concert
February 1, 2013
Alice Tully Hall
British Music Since World War II

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
Trevor Nuckols, French horn soloist
Juilliard Orchestra

Michael Tippett Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage (1947/1952)
OLIVER KNUSSEN Horn Concerto (1994)*
Benjamin Britten Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 (1940)

* New York Premiere

British conductor and international artist Mark Wigglesworth directs the Juilliard Orchestra in the final concert of Juilliard's FOCUS! 2013 festival, paying homage this season to the creativity, substance, and renaissance of British music after World War II. The FOCUS! finale begins with Michael Tippett's lively Ritual Dances from his opera Midsummer Marriage, followed by Oliver Knussen's single-movement Horn Concerto--an expressive and demanding piece with traces of nocturnal melodies. Mark-Anthony Turnage's Ceres, named after one of the first asteroids ever discovered, explores the composer's attraction to "the doomsday aspect of asteroids," and Benjamin Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem brings the festival to a stunning and dramatic close, musically exploring the emotional spectrum from savagery to solace

FREE tickets available 1/11

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