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2022-23 Tianjin Juilliard Season Highlights

Source: Tianjin Juilliard SchoolSeptember/23/2022

Tianjin Juilliard’s 2022-23 season opens this weekend with a performance led by Ken Lam, director of orchestral studies and resident conductor. Lam will conduct the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra in a program featuring Schubert’s Symphony in B minor, D.759 “Unfinished” and Beethoven’s Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.36. on Sunday, September 25, at 3:00 pm in the Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall.

The Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra is the school’s largest student performing ensemble comprised of students from the Graduate Studies program majoring in instrumental and orchestral studies, and instrumental and chamber music studies. Two student soloists will be selected by an annual competition this November for concerto performances with the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra in the spring. In February, Juilliard students from New York and Tianjin campuses will come together in a live collaboration to perform Terry Riley’s landmark work, In C.

“In this new season, we hope to inspire audiences through our exciting programming opening the season with orchestral performances led by Maestro Lam, presenting new chamber music masterpieces, curating ensemble concerts showcasing our faculty’s versatility, the return of Festival Connect, and co-presented community engagement projects with our alumni,” said Wei He, CEO and artistic director.

“This fall, we will co-present a series of public concerts with a newly formed ensemble comprised of our outstanding alums, to bring Juilliard’s renowned programming of the highest artistic level to communities and audiences in Tianjin and beyond. We invite audiences to experience the future of the performing arts through this season’s performances showcasing our students from Graduate Studies, Pre-College, and Public Education.”

Among many highlights, the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra will perform the world premiere of A Jiangnan Overture, composed by faculty member Niccolo Athens, on Sunday, October 30, at 3:00pm in the Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall and Fanfare for Sam, composed by David Serkin Ludwig, dean and director of the Music Division at Juilliard in New York, on Sunday, March 26, at 3:00pm in the Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall. The Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra season concludes with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 conducted by Ken Lam on Friday, April 28, at 3:00pm in the Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall.

The Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble, the School’s resident faculty ensemble, returns with an all-French program on October 21, featuring works such as Louise Farrenc’s Sextet in C Minor and César Franck's Piano Quintet in F Minor. The six concerts showcase the diversity of the faculty ensemble’s programming, including an exciting evening of vocal chamber music, featuring Respighi’s Il tramonto, Ravel’s Chansons madécasses, and Vaughn Williams’ On Wenlock Edge on Friday, November 11. Other performances include the premiere of a new commission by Yiwen Shen, on a concert with a “Bagatelles and Tangos” theme on Friday, March 31, and a concert featuring Baroque concerti on Friday, April 14, among others.

The school’s flagship music festival, Festival Connect, will take place in January 2023 and culminate in a performance by the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra on January 15. This year’s festival will celebrate Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971) and two living composers, Joan Tower from the United States and Guo Wenjing from China. The program will feature Joan Tower’s Grammy-winning Made in America, Guo Wenjing’s Zhudi Concerto No. 2, “Ye Huo”, with Chinese bamboo flute master Tang Junqiao as soloist, and Stravinsky’s The Firebird: Suite on Sunday, January 15, at 3:00pm in the Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall.

A Distinguished Artists series will be launched in November. This new series features performances by the Chang Jing Xian Ensemble, the Shanghai Quartet, as well as classical guitarist Xuefei Yang and additional renowned artists will be announced. Tianjin Juilliard will also co-present a series of public concerts with a newly formed ensemble comprised of outstanding alumni from The Juilliard School and The Tianjin Juilliard School. As a partner of Tianjin Juilliard’s community outreach arm, this enterprising ensemble will collaborate with faculty on performances, lectures, and residences this fall. The latest information on concerts will be available through the performance calendar.

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