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

New JTS Venture with the Juilliard School Highlights 2012–2013 Season

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November 1, 2012, New York, NY

A concert featuring performers from the Juilliard School will take place on Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), which is located at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City. The program will feature the Lysander Piano Trio: Itamar Zorman (violin), Michael Katz (cello), and Liza Stepanova (piano); Tharanga Goonetilleke, soprano; and Timothy McDevitt, baritone.* Please note: Admission is now FREE for this event, in an effort to provide much-needed soothing to the community in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Reservations are still required, as space is limited. Reserve seats at www.jtsa.edu/Juilliard. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in, and have photo ID available.

During 2012–2013, 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—including the evening concerts, which are open to the public—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 when JTS Presents: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble (The Jewish-African American Jazz Experience) on 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," said Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and provost of JTS. "The JTS Arts Initiative, launched by JTS 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."

Works to be performed will include Beethoven's "Sweet Power of Song" (full ensemble); Handel's "Sorge infausta una procella," from Orlando (baritone/piano); songs by Schubert, Wolf, Ullmann, and Mahler (soprano and baritone solos with piano accompaniment); Achron's Hebrew Melody, op. 33 (violin/piano); Ravel's "Kaddish" (baritone/piano); Gounod's "My Beloved Spake," from Song of Solomon (soprano/cello/piano); and Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, op. 49.

The Lysander Piano Trio just won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Additionally, the trio is a 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 (highest-ranked trio of 2010). The Lysander Piano Trio was founded by graduate students at the Juilliard School in New York in 2009. The group 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 has been described as "appealingly rich" by the New York Times and "magical" by the Washington Times. 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 Boheme/Puccini), Pamina (Die Zauberflote/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.

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.

*Artists may be substituted.

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