Today, the Juilliard Pre-College starts up again for the 2012-2013 Season. If there is a better way to spend a Saturday in New York, I can’t think of it. I look forward to seeing the young musicians in the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony, the young talents in my conducting classes, and my former PCS students that are still in PC. These talented, hard-working young people are an inspiration to anyone who encounters them. If you want an idea of what I am talking about, check out their performance of Mahler’s Adagietto on my video page.
Last May 26, the PCS and I performed a wonderful concert together that included Wagner’s Rienzi Overture, a Gabrieli Canzona, and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite. It was the perfect way to close a season that included other stunning performances of Bartok’s Divertimento, Gershwin’s American in Paris, and more.
One of my greatest joys each season is to collaborate on concerti with some of the students. The May concert also featured William McGregor in a Boccherini Bass Concerto. William was poised and polished – completely ready for his debut as a soloist. It is a special honor for me to collaborate with young musicians for their first appearance ever with an orchestra. There have been so many throughout these past seven years, and it is exciting to meet them again later on other stages with other orchestras. This year’s soloists included Angela Wee and Clayton Stephenson as well as William.
If you would like to attend the PCS’s next concert, the information is below. I hope you will join us for an experience you will remember for a very long time.
DECEMBER 22, 2012 – 8:00PM
The Juilliard Pre-College Symphony
George Stelluto, conductor
Peter Jay Sharp Theater
The Juilliard School – New York, NY
JOHN CORIGLIANO: GAZEBO DANCES
BELA BARTOK: MUSIC FOR STRINGS, PERCUSSION, AND CELESTA
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY #5 in C MINOR, op 67