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Conductor Edward Gardner Leads the Juilliard Orchestra in Walton’s Viola Concerto and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 Thursday, December 13

November 15, 2012 | By Gloria Gottschalk
Media Relations Manager
Conductor Edward Gardner, Music Director of the English National Opera, leads the Juilliard Orchestra in Walton’s Viola Concerto with Juilliard violist Matthew Lipman and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Titan” on Thursday, December 13 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Gardner replaces Juilliard Principal Conductor and Director Emeritus James DePreist, who is recovering from heart surgery. Mr. DePreist had to withdraw from the concert, but his recovery continues, and he looks forward to returning in the spring for his concert on Thursday, April 4 with the Juilliard Orchestra. Mr. Gardner will be in New York City next month to conduct Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera and is able to step in for this Juilliard concert. FREE tickets will be available beginning November 29 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

In addition to leading the ENO, Edward Gardner is Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In the 2012-2013 season, he also conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Czech Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, and Melbourne Symphony. In 2012, he made two Prom appearances, conducting the First Night of the Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as well as a stunning concert performance of Peter Grimes with the ENO. An exclusive recording artist for Chandos, Mr. Gardner has most recently released critically acclaimed discs of Lutoslawski, Britten, and Berio vocal and orchestral works. In recognition of his talent and commitment, Mr. Gardner received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2008 for Best Conductor, and in 2009, the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. In June 2012, he was awarded an OBE for his Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Violist Matthew Lipman is currently a third-year undergraduate and recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship at Juilliard where he studies with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. He has performed in halls across America and Europe, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and has appeared with the Capital City Symphony, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Symphony Orchestra, and the Ars Viva Symphony, where his performance was named “the most impressive debut” in Chicago Classical Review’s Top 10 Performances of 2010. Upcoming appearances include the Minnesota Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and a recital at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. He has been featured at such festivals as Ravinia, Music@Menlo, and the Perlman Music Program, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2012, Mr. Lipman won first prize at the Washington International Competition, Stulberg International Competition, and first and grand prize at the 2012 WAMSO Young Artist Competition. He garnered an honorable mention at the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition. Mr. Lipman performs on a fine viola by Matteo Goffriller, 1700, on generous loan from the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation.

About the Juilliard Orchestra

Known for its versatility and the freshness of its performances, the Juilliard Orchestra performs frequently in its own New York City series each season, and is a strong partner to Juilliard’s operatic and dance performances. Among the Juilliard Orchestra’s highlights in the 2011-2012 season was their participation in the November 2011 Western Hemisphere Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera, Kommilitonen!, a tale of youthful rebellions throughout the 20th century. Co-commissioned by Juilliard with the Royal Academy of Music (whose world premiere performance took place the previous spring), the opera was a remarkable success on both sides of the Atlantic, garnering attention for its young performers and its topic – an interesting reflection of our times. Anne Manson conducted Juilliard’s highly praised premiere. The Juilliard Orchestra once again joined the Royal Academy of Music this summer 2012, when composer/conductor John Adams returned to Juilliard to conduct a combined orchestra from the two schools in his City Noir at Avery Fisher Hall, as part of the Lincoln Center Summer Festival. Pianist Imogen Cooper joined them as soloist for a performance of the Ravel Concerto in G, in a program that opened with Respighi’s Feste romane. They performed the same program on the BBC Proms on Monday, July 16, 2012 in the Royal Albert Hall in London. During the 2011-2012 season, Juilliard welcomed several guest conductors leading the Juilliard Orchestra for the first time: David Afkham, Jeffrey Kahane, Jayce Ogren, and Matthias Pintscher, plus returning guest conductor Emmanuel Villaume. Juilliard’s new director of orchestral and conducting studies, Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, conducted the Juilliard Orchestra in an Avery Fisher Hall concert.

PROGRAM LISTING: Thursday, December 13, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall Juilliard Orchestra Edward Gardner, conductor Matthew Lipman, viola

WALTON Viola Concerto MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Titan”

FREE tickets will be available beginning November 29 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu. # # #

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