James Conlon To Start Two-Year Residency at Juilliard

Classic Arts News   James Conlon To Start Two-Year Residency at Juilliard
Conductor James Conlon will begin a two-year residency at The Juilliard School this fall, collaborating with students in the school's dance, drama and music divisions.

Examining societal influences on art, Conlon will focus on the repertoire of composers affected by Nazism and World War II, and on the contemporary role of the artist through coaching sessions, lectures, master classes and concerts.

Conlon's first performances of his residency will offer the premieres of recently commissioned choreography set to Franz Schreker's Die Gezeichneten, Erwin Schulhoff's Ogelala and Alexander Zemlinsky's Sinfonietta.

Three chamber performances in April 2008 will feature works classified under the Nazi regime's 1937 policy as degenerate art, or entartete Kunst, and music that Juilliard describes as "generative," or "written in an open society [and] able to generate further development."

Conlon will also lead ensembles in works ranging from Schreker's 1916 Kammersymphonie to Poulenc's Concerto chor_ographique (1931); the series will also include works by Georges Antheil, Hanns Eisler, Pavel Haas, Paul Hindemith, Hans Kršsa, Bohuslav Martinu, Darius Milhaud, Schulhoff, Igor Stravinsky and Edgar Varse. A related forum titled "Generative and Degenerate Music" is also planned.

In November of 2008, Conlon will conduct three rarely-performed one-act operas: Modest Mussorgsky's comic opera Zhenit'ba ("The Marriage"), Ernst Krenek's Schwergewicht, oder die Ehre der Nation ("Heavyweight, or the Pride of the Nation") and Veniamin Fleischmann's Skripka Rotshil'da ("Rothschild's Violin").

Marking the finale of Conlon's residency will be the premiere of a new work by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich in the spring of 2009.

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