Juilliard Marks Its Centennial With Televised Gala

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The Juilliard School will mark its 100th anniversary tonight in a gala performance starring former students including conductor-composer John Williams, soprano Ren_e Fleming, actor Kevin Kline, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, violinist Itzhak Perlman, and pianist Emanuel Ax.

The event will be broadcast on the PBS program Live From Lincoln Center starting at 8 p.m. (check local listings). Beverly Sills hosts.

The famed Juilliard alumni will perform alongside the Juilliard String Quartet and a lineup of current students, including 13-year-old pianist Peng Peng, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the Juilliard Dance Ensemble. Soprano Leontyne Price will speak.

The program includes works by Brahms and Rachmaninoff as well as New England Triptych by composer William Schuman, a onetime Juilliard president; an excerpt from a new dance work by Adam Hougland set to music by Christopher Rouse; an excerpt from Williams' score for Schindler's List; and Marsalis's The Holy Ghost.

For the latter work, a jazz group including trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and reed player Victor Goines, the director of Juilliard's jazz studies program, will join Marsalis.

Kline will perform a scene with an ensemble of Juilliard drama students.

The Juilliard School was founded in 1905 as the Institute of Musical Art, and merged with the two-year-old Juilliard Graduate School in 1926. Dance was added to the curriculum in 1951, and drama in 1968. The school moved to its current Lincoln Center location in 1969.

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