With Assist from William Christie, Juilliard to Create Program in Historical Performance

Classic Arts News   With Assist from William Christie, Juilliard to Create Program in Historical Performance
 
The Juilliard School has announced that it is developing a graduate-level degree program in Historical Performance. The first enrolled students will begin classes in the fall of 2009; in the intervening two years, Juilliard will recruit an artistic director and specialized faculty and acquire appropriate period instruments. The number of students in the program will be about a dozen a year to start.

As a step in developing the new curriculum, Juilliard will host William Christie and his ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, in two week-long residencies over the next two years. About 15 currently enrolled Juilliard students will take part in each residency, which will include individual lessons, ensemble coaching sessions, lectures and private and public master classes.

The first of the residencies, running March 31 through April 4 and concentrating on French Baroque repertoire, will feature among its faculty tenor Paul Agnew, violinists Florence Malgoire and Ada Pesch, flutist Serge SaÇtta, cellist David Simpson and harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss. As part of the activities that week, Christie and his ensemble will make their Carnegie Hall debut on April 3 with a concert of sacred music by Charpentier and Lully.

The second Juilliard residency, with faculty and repertoire yet to be selected, will be held January 13-18, 2009, with auditions the previous November.

Christie has been actively involved in teaching and young artist development for his entire career. He had a celebrated 15-year tenure (1981-1996) on the faculty of the Paris Conservatoire, and he has developed a now-famous intensive training program for young singers called Le Jardin des Voix. These will be the first educational residencies by Christie and Les Arts Florissants in the U.S.

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