The gala will include performances by conductor-composer John Williams, soprano Ren_e Fleming, actor Kevin Kline, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, violinist Itzhak Perlman, and pianist Emanuel Ax, as well as remarks by soprano Leontyne Prince.
The star artists, all of them former Juilliard students, will perform alongside the famed Juilliard String Quartet and a lineup of current students, including 13-year-old pianist Peng Peng, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the Juilliard Dance Ensemble.
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 PBS broadcast will be hosted by soprano Beverly Sills; it will begin at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings).