JTS Presents: A Free Evening of Juilliard Vocal and Chamber Music

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Itamar Zorman (violin), Michael Katz (cello), Liza Stepanova (piano)

Winner of the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition's grand prize, the J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition's first prize, and the Fischoff Competition's bronze medal (the highest-ranked trio of 2010), the Lysander Piano Trio was founded by graduate students at the Juilliard School in New York in 2009. The trio has been featured in recitals in North and Central America, including Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and, in 2011, the Terrace Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. The Lysander Piano Trio is named after a character from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, whose famous line, "the course of true love never did run smooth," can serve as a useful reminder for a chamber group that aspires to longevity.


Tharanga Goonetilleke's voice was described by the New York Times as "appealingly rich." She has an artist diploma in Opera Studies and a master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, and a bachelor of Music degree with a minor in Biology from Converse College, South Carolina. Ms. Goonetilleke sings more than a dozen major operatic roles, including Mimi (La bohème / Puccini), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte / Mozart), Ginevra (Ariodante/Handel), and Blanche (The Dialogues of the Carmelites / Poulenc); she is also a performer of oratorio and contemporary music. Ms. Goonetilleke has won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the New York and South Carolina districts, the President Scholarship of Sri Lanka, Juilliard's Makiko Narumi Memorial Prize, and the Sing for Hope grant.


A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Timothy McDevitt's sophisticated portrayals of new and obscure works have been widely praised by the New York Times, NPR, Opera News, Opera Lively, and the Boston Globe. Mr. McDevitt, a New York District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council and of the Lys Symonette Award in the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music's Lotte Lenya Competition, was an Atelier Lyrique finalist at the Paris Opera Bastille two years in a row and a finalist in last year's Competizione Dell'Opera at the Bolshoi in Moscow. The 2012-2013 season marks his UK debut with recitals in London and Yorkshire. He will join the roster of the Carolina Chamber Music Festival in conjunction with the world premiere of Paul Crabtree's new opera, The Ghost Train.

In the 2012-2013 season, two Juilliard ensembles will visit JTS in daylong residencies that include dynamic performances and master classes that educate and inspire. Through examination of Jewish culture and community within the arts, the residencies will incorporate music of composers of Jewish heritage, as well as compositions that highlight Jewish themes and traditions. Featured performers include alumni from Juilliard's Ellen and James A. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts and its Music Division in the fall, and performers from Juilliard Jazz in the spring.

Upcoming Juilliard Concert at JTS
JTS Presents: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble
(The Jewish-African American Jazz Experience)
THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013, AT 7:30 P.M.


"These concerts by the Juilliard School are a significant step forward in our effort to make the creative arts a vital presence in the life and culture of The Jewish Theological Seminary. The JTS Arts Initiative, launched by Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen with the energetic and able support of our distinguished Arts Advisory Board, is already causing a stir with exciting new ventures such as this one with Juilliard-and there is much more to come."
-Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and Provost, JTS

The Juilliard School established this country's standard for performing arts education in music (1905), adding dance (1951) and, as a founding member of Lincoln Center in 1968, drama. Currently more than 800 young artists from 44 states (plus Washington DC) and 46 foreign countries attend Juilliard.

The Jewish Theological Seminary serves North American Jewry by educating intellectual and spiritual leaders for Conservative Judaism and the vital religious center, training rabbis, cantors, scholars, educators, communal professionals, and lay activists who are inspired by our vision of Torah and dedicated to assisting in its realization.

*Artists may be substituted.