Juilliard in Aiken opens its weeklong festival Saturday
The Juilliard School have shared its talents with Aiken for the past four years with its Juilliard in Aiken Performing Arts Festival and Outreach Program. This year’s festival celebrates its fifth year beginning Saturday and continuing through Friday, March 15.
This year’s celebration got a jump-start in January with Juilliard graduate Jennifer Sheehan performing her “I Know a Place” dinner and cabaret show at The Willcox.
Now, other Juilliard students, past, present and future, will be coming to teach, interact and entertain the community.
A first-time, outreach program will happen on the festival’s opening day – Juilliard Juniors; on that day, children will be able to interact and act out scenes with Juilliard drama students. This will accompany the students performing daily in the local schools, a key part of their outreach program. Some returning festival performers will include organist Paul Jacobs, violinist Charles Yang and piano duo Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Roe. A sight to see will also be 12-year-old, Tchaikovsky Award winning cellist Noah Lee. Lee, many other of the performers, will come together for the final event on Friday at the USCA Etherredge Center.
The festival is the only partnership of its kind maintained by Juilliard anywhere in the world, according to Juilliard officials.
“The Aiken community has given great support to the Festival and outreach during the last four years. And we’re so grateful for that,” said festival President Sandra Field.
Here’s a schedule of events.
Saturday, March 9
• 2 p.m.: “Magic, Myth and Mischief” show
Juilliard Juniors will be brought to the URS Center for the Performing Arts by the Juilliard School’s Drama Division. Children, ages four to eight, will come in, get assorted props and act out scenes from plays like “Romeo and Juliet” with Juilliard School’s drama students. Admission is free, but reservations are required.
• 8 p.m.: Pisticci String Trio & Yang Dugan Duo concert
This gala performance will include violinist Charles Yang with pianist Peter Dugan and the Pisticci String Trio: violinist Fabiola Kim, violist Jocelin Pan and cellist Patrick McGuire. The musicians will perform at the Joye Cottage and play works by Mozart, Martinů, Dvořák, Kreisler and Gershwin. Attendance is invitation only.
Sunday, March 10
• 2 p.m.: Pisticci String Trio & Yang Dugan Duo concert
Yang, Dugan and the Pisticci String Trio will perform for free at the St. Mary’s Help of Christians Catholic Church, playing works from Beethoven, Dvořák and Dohnányi.
• 6 p.m.: The Sublime Instrument
Paul Jacobs, Grammy Award-winning concert organist and The Juilliard School’s organ department chair, will perform for The Sublime Instrument program.
The concert will be for free at the St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church.
Monday, March 11
• 1 p.m.: The Sublime Instrument
Jacobs will perform for an encore, free performance at the St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church.
• 3 p.m.: Juilliard415 ensemble concert featuring Juilliard vocalists
Juilliard415, Juilliard’s renowned Historical Performance ensemble, and Juilliard vocalists will perform a set of Baroque classics, namely J.S. Bach cantatas, at Joye Cottage. Admission is invitation only.
• 8 p.m.: Drama Division
The school’s third and fourth-year students will act and sing classical and contemporary scenes, monologues, and songs featuring works by William Shakespeare and Juilliard’s own Playwriting Program at the URS Center. Students will be admitted free, while other tickets are $10, $20 and $30.
Tuesday, March 12
• 2 p.m.: Drama Division
The school’s third and fourth-year students perform again at the URS Center. Students admitted free, and other tickets are $5, $15 and $25.
• 7 p.m.: Triptych Percussion Ensemble
The three percussionists of Triptych Percussion will perform such works by Steve Reich, Thierry de Mey and Mark Ford for free at Second Baptist Church.
• 7:30 p.m.: “Brandon Wilde: Chase Series;” pre-college artists; open to only residents; Brandon Wilde Senior Living Center
Juilliard pre-college violinist Anna JiEun Lee and Young Tchaikovsky Award-winning cellist Noah Lee with Juilliard alumna pianist Naomi Kudo will perform works including Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Dvořák. The performance will be at the Brandon Wilde Senior Living Center and is only open to the center’s residents.
Wednesday, March 13
• 2 p.m.: “Festival of Song” concert
Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts’s vocal quintet along with pianist Daniel Fung will present selections of classic and new art songs and opera arias. Tickets are $45, and the concert will be on the Green Boundary Club lawn.
• 6 p.m.: Evening concert
Anna JiEun Lee, Noah Lee and Kudo will perform works include such as Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Dvořák at Joye Cottage. Attendance is invitation only.
• 8 p.m.: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble concert; $35, $40, $45 and $50; Green Boundary Club lawn
The Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble, a jazz quintet, will perform numbers from the American Songbook on the Green Boundary Club lawn. Tickets are $35, $40, $45 and $50.
Thursday, March 14
• 12 p.m.: Juilliard415 ensemble with vocalists
Juilliard415 will perform works from J.S. Bach like “Vergnugte Ruh” and “Liebster Gott” for free at First Presbyterian Church.
• 7 p.m.: Anderson and Roe piano duo concert; $5 for students, $25, $35 and $45; USC Aiken Etherredge Center
Piano duo, Juilliard alumni Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe will perform at USC Aiken’s Etherredge Center. Tickets are $5 for students, while others are $25, $35 and $45.
• 9 p.m.: “Jazz After Hours” show
Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Quintet will be performing jazz standards mixed with student-composed originals for free at The Willcox.
Friday, March 15
• 8 p.m.: “Fifth Year Anniversary Celebration Concert”
This final performance will combine Anderson & Roe, Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble, Charles Yang Piano Duo, Pisticci String Trio, Pre-College Artists, Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts singers, and Juilliard415. Anderson & Roe Piano Duo will emcee for the concert. The concert will be at the Etherredge Center. Tickets are $5 for students and $25, $35 and $45.
Contact and Location Information:
URS Center for the Performing Arts: 126 Newberry St. S.W; 648-1438.
St. Mary’s Church: 203 Park Ave. S.E.
St. Thaddeus: 125 Pendleton St.
Second Baptist Church: 425 Hampton Ave. N.W.
Green Boundary Club: 780 Whiskey Road; tickets to these performances available through the URS Center box office
First Presbyterian Church: 224 Barnwell Ave.
USCA: 471 University Parkway; tickets available through the URS Center box office
The Willcox: 100 Colleton Ave.