Photo: Renée Fleming
The Juilliard School will present its first-ever Virtual Gala on Monday, October 5 at 7pm. The evening features students from the school’s dance, drama, music, and preparatory divisions in a dynamic series of collaborative performances, paired with a starry roster of Juilliard faculty and alumni. This event will be free and available to all for viewing at gala.juilliard.edu.
Conceived by President Damian Woetzel and directed by Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts faculty member Mary Birnbaum, the event is bookended by two filmed performance pieces created especially for this occasion. Opening the evening, the Juilliard Orchestra and Juilliard Jazz Orchestra will join together in the Midwestern Moods movement of alumnus Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony, conducted by David Robertson, director of conducting studies and distinguished visiting faculty at Juilliard.
The evening will culminate in a new audio and visual conception of alumnus Philip Glass’ “Knee Play 5” from Einstein on the Beach, arranged by alumnus and Creative Associate Nico Muhly and performed by Glass, Muhly, alumna Lorraine Toussaint, alumnus Tim Fain, alumna and Creative Associate Nadia Sirota, alumna Alex Sopp, and a company of Juilliard instrumentalists, singers, and actors.
Other highlights of the evening include a look back at alumna Renée Fleming’s February 2020 master class with singers from Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts; the Juilliard Orchestra’s virtual performance of “Nimrod” from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, conducted by faculty member and alumnus Itzhak Perlman; and a glimpse into the making of Bolero Juilliard, the stunning virtual collaboration directed and choreographed by Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott that has amassed more than 3.6 million views online since it was published in April 2020.
Proceeds from the annual gala will go directly to the Juilliard Scholarship Fund, helping to ensure the education of the next generation of performing artists. Donations to the gala can be made at giving.juilliard.edu/gala.
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