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Baroque Violinist Monica Huggett Leads Juilliard415 in J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations, Wednesday, February 27

January 22, 2013 | By Gloria Gottschalk
Media Relations Manager
Baroque violinist Monica Huggett, artist-in-residence and artistic advisor of Juilliard Historical Performance, leads Juilliard415 in J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations, BWV 988, transcribed for string orchestra by Russian violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky, on Wednesday, February 27 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Mr. Sitkovetsky, an alumnus of Juilliard, also has a flourishing career as a conductor and is founding director of the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of string players from Eastern and Western Europe. He has had a great interest in orchestration, and since his successful transcriptions of the “Goldberg” Variations for string trio and string orchestra, he has transcribed more than 40 works mostly for string orchestra by Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Dohnányi, Haydn, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky.

Monica Huggett leads Juilliard415 in this unique adaptation of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations.

FREE tickets will be available beginning February 13 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 events.juilliard.edu.

About Monica Huggett

Monica Huggett became artist-in-residence and artistic advisor of Juilliard Historical Performance this past fall. She also is artistic director of the Portland (Oregon) Baroque Orchestra and the Irish Baroque Orchestra based in Dublin. During the past four decades, she has co-founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with Ton Koopman; founded her own London-based ensemble Sonnerie; worked with Christopher Hogwood at the Academy of Ancient Music; worked with Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert; toured the United States in concert with James Galway; and in 2004, co-founded the Montana Baroque Festival. She has served as guest director of the Arion Baroque Orchestra, Montreal; Tafelmusik, Toronto; the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Philharmonia Baroque, San Francisco; the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra; the Seville Baroque Orchestra; Concerto Copenhagen; and as guest soloist with Helicon, New York; Galatea, New York; Mercury Baroque, Houston; and the Early Music Festival, Utrecht. Her recordings have won numerous prizes, and most recently, her CD Flights of Fantasy was named by Alex Ross in his New Yorker review, the 2010 CD of the Year. Ms. Huggett holds an honorary fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

About Juilliard415

Since its founding in 2009, Juilliard415, the School’s principal period-instrument ensemble, has received critical praise for its performances of both rare and canonical works of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble, which takes its name from the pitch commonly accepted for the performance of Baroque music (A=415), performs a wide range of repertoire in a number of different guises. Depending on the repertoire, the ensemble performs with as few as four or five players for intimate chamber music programs, to as many as thirty for major cornerstones of the repertoire, all under the direction of distinguished resident and guest artists.

Juilliard415 maintains a rigorous and intensive performance schedule. The ensemble provides the highest level of pre-professional training and the chance for students to become acquainted with the field’s leading artists. All Historical Performance majors play in several major concert cycles each semester; during their time as members of the Juilliard415, students are exposed to diverse viewpoints, musical styles, and interpretive ideas.

Juilliard415 has performed under the direction of such distinguished musicians as William Christie, Ton Koopman, Harry Bicket (in a fully-staged production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea), Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, and Monica Huggett. In April 2011, the ensemble was engaged to accompany David Daniels and Dorothea Röschmann in a concert of Handel arias and duets at Carnegie Hall. Members of Juilliard415 have twice been featured as in-studio guests on WQXR, New York Public Radio.

Touring has become an important component of Juilliard415’s profile. A recent concert tour took the ensemble to Colgate University, where Monica Huggett led a concert entitled “Music from the Time of Monteverdi.” In a collaborative concert with Juilliard Baroque, the ensemble traveled to Spain for a sold-out performance of the complete “Brandenburg” Concertos at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. In 2011, Juilliard415 performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour in Italy in a joint concert project with Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music conducted by Masaaki Suzuki. This season, the ensemble teams up with Yale and Maestro Suzuki again for Bach’s B-Minor Mass, with performances slated for New York, New Haven, the Virginia Arts Festival, and on tour in Tokyo, Kyoto, Sendai, and Singapore. During the 2012-13 school year, Juilliard415 performs Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with William Christie, an all-Rameau concert with Robert Mealy, and a performance of early German orchestral works with Jordi Savall at the Metropolitan Museum and Lincoln Center.

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FOR LISTINGS: Wednesday, February 27, 8 PM, Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater Monica Huggett, leader/violinist Juilliard415

J.S. BACH “Goldberg” Variations, BWV 988 (arranged for string orchestra by Dmitry Sitkovetsky)

FREE tickets will be available beginning February 13 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 events.juilliard.edu.

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