October 2007

Dance | Drama | Music



Anthony Bryant (BFA ’07) will be working with Chamber Dance Project under Diane Coburn Bruning this season for performances in December. He is also doing a featured spot in Ann Marie DeAngelo’s Gala “Dance Rocks,” performing dance, rhythmic gymnastics, baton twirling, and knives at different times through out the evening. The “Dance Rocks” Gala will be at City Center on October 29.

Kyra Green (BFA ’06) and Bennyroyce Royon (BFA ’06) have joined Cas Public in Montreal.

Harumi Terayama (BFA ’06) has joined Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.

Peter Chu (BFA ’02) and Juilliard faculty Stephen Pier (’77, dance) were on the faculty this summer for Perry-Mansfield’s Dance Teacher Intensive, under the direction of Juilliard faculty member Linda Kent (BS ’68).

Darrell Grand Moultrie (BFA ’00) received a choreography fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation to create a piece for the Cincinnati Ballet. An evening of his work was presented as part of the New Works Festival at Perry-Mansfield in June. Paige Cunningham (BFA’00) performed.

James Sofranko (BFA ’00) has been promoted to the position of soloist with the San Francisco Ballet, which he joined upon graduation. An “Artist Spotlight” interview with Sofranko is posted on the company’s Web site.


Lorin Latarro-Lev (BFA ’97) was seen through March on NBC’s Grease: You’re the One That I Want as the assistant choreographer. Her choreography was also seen in July at Town Hall Summer Series. She played Nadjira in the Roundabout Theater Company’s production of The Apple Tree from December through January before returning to A Chorus Line to play Sheila through August. She is currently the standby for Bambi in Curtains on Broadway.

Works by Roger C. Jeffrey (BFA ’96), Bennyroyce Royon (BFA ’06), and Darrell Grand Moultrie were presented by Rasta Thomas’s Bad Boys of Dance at Jacobs Pillow in July.

Sarah Adriance (BFA ’95), formerly the associate director for dance admissions, has joined the Juilliard Dance Division as administrator for special projects. She will continue to administrate Juilliard’s Summer Dance Intensive.

Christina Paolucci (BFA ’95) performed in Antony Tudor’s Judgment of Paris with New York Theater Ballet in April. In August, she staged Donald Mahler’s Cinderella for Atlanta Ballet. She is the associate director of New York Theater Ballet.

Robert Battle (BFA ’94) received a Statue Award from the Princess Grace Foundation. In September he created new works for River North Chicago Dance Company and University of Richmond. This month he begins a commission for Juilliard’s December Dance Creations concert.

Mara Kurotschka (BFA ’92) choreographed Berlioz’s opera Cellini, which opened in August at the Salzburger Festspiele (Austria), conducted by Valery Gergiev. Her video Beijing Moves, on everyday movement in Beijing, is being shown at the Museum of Contempory Art in Seville (Spain) through October, and was shown in June at the Villa Massimo and the Museum of Contemporary Art, both in Rome. She was able to complete a sequel, Istanbul Moves, this spring at the Villa Serpentara (Italy), supported by a grant from the Berlin Academy of Arts.

Paul Dennis (BFA ’90) joined the dance faculty of University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was the guest director for Juilliard faculty member Laura Glenn’s (BS ’67) White Mountain Summer Dance Festival this summer.


Duane Cyrus (BFA ’88), assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will premiere an evening-length work titled FLOW on  November 4 and 15-17 in Greensboro with a grant from the Bricolage Arts Festival. His company, Cyrus Art Production, was also recently awarded a matching grant from the Greensboro Bicentennial Commission to create a dance and education packet about the historic 1960 Woolworth sit-ins that took place in Greensboro. Cyrus Art Production will perform for the Fridays@Noon series on November 30 at the 92nd Street Y in New York.



Group 35 classmates Jaron Farnham and Erin Krakow are appearing in Tampa Bay at the University of Southern Florida in the premiere of Barton Bishop’s play The Peaceful Easy, directed by Mark Armstrong.

Nick Mayo (Group 35) can be seen on Broadway this month at Studio 54 in the Roundabout Theater’s revival of Terrence McNally’s play The Ritz, directed by Joe Mantello.

Will Pailen (Group 35) is currently performing in the musical Man of La Mancha, directed by Amanda Dehnert, at Cleveland Playhouse in Ohio.

Nick Westrate (Group 35) can be seen this month in an episode of the new Fox series New Amsterdam. Westrate is also appearing opposite Michael Rudko (Group 16) and Tom Story (Group 27) in Molière’s Tartuffe, adapted by Richard Wilbur and directed by Daniel Fish, at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J. The production moves next month to Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven.

In August, Colby Chambers (Group 34) appeared in Father’s Day, a new short play by John Augustine in the Summer Shorts Festival in New York. The production was directed by Daniel Winerman.

Nick Mennell (Group 34) can be seen in the Dimensions Films feature remake of Halloween, directed by Robert Zombie.

In August, Frank Harts (Group 31), François Battiste (Group 35), Stephen Bel Davies (Group 36), and Christina Moore (Group 38) collaborated in New York City with 21 other performers in Shakespeare’s Sonnets on Tap, directed by Awoye Timpo.

Daniel Talbott(Group 31) recently finished working on the independent film Pretty Bird, starring Paul Giamatti and Billy Crudup. Talbott’s play The Shore is a finalist for the Actors Theater of Louisville and the City Theater’s 2007 Heideman Award, and his classmates Denis Butkus, Samantha Soule, and Sarah Grace Wilson’s theater company, Rising Phoenix Repertory, was recently nominated for four New York Innovative Theater Awards.

Group 30 classmates Bryan Cogman and Christopher Michael Rivera appeared with Dawn Lyen Gardner (Group 32) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare Festival/LA in August. The production was directed by Ben Donnenberg (Group 10).

Michael Goldstrom (Group 30) appeared last month in the West Coast premiere of Daniel Goldfarb’s (Playwrights ’97) play Modern Orthodox. It’s a role he created in the production’s world premiere at the Long Wharf Theater in 2000.

Nicole Lowrance (Group 30) can be seen now at Primary Stages in the New York premiere of Horton Foote’s play Dividing the Estate, directed by Michael Wilson.

Sean McNall (Group 29) is appearing now at New York’s Pearl Theater in the title role of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Shepard Sobel. The production also features David Townsend (Group 34).


Eunice Wong (Group 28) was nominated in August for a 2007 Philadelphia Theater Alliance Barrymore Award for outstanding lead actress in a play, for her role as Hope in An Infinite Ache, at the Walnut Street Theater.

Ron Fitzgerald (Playwrights ’98) recently completed staff writing work with Blair Singer (Group 24) on the third season of the Showtime comedy Weeds.

In August, Angela Pierce (Group 26) appeared at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey in a revival of Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano, directed by Matthew Arbour.

Michael Solomon (Group 26), Craig Baldwin (Group 31), and Molly Stuart (Group 33) appeared this summer in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Mass.

Claire Lautier (Group 25) and Samantha Soule (Group 31) are appearing now in the Keen Company’s Off-Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, directed by Jonathan Silverstein.

In August, Matthew Greer (Group 24) directed Anthony Wofford (Group 38) and Bethany Heinrich (Group 39) in the Convergent Theater Company’s production of John Logan’s Never the Sinner in New York. Original music for the production was created by faculty member Michelle DiBucci (MM ’87, composition).

Pilar Witherspoon (Group 24) appeared in Windowshine, a new play written by Randee Smith and directed by Rob Decina, in the Summer Shorts Festival in New York in August.

Rob Breckenridge (Group 18) can be seen opposite Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt in the Thema Production independent film Delirious, directed by Tom DiCillo.

Bill Camp (Group 18) can be seen now in New York Theater Workshop’s revival of Molière’s The Misanthrope, adapted by Tony Harrison and directed by Ivo van Hove.


Evan Handler (Group 12) can be seen opposite David Duchovny in the new Showtime series Californication.


Frances Conroy (Group 6) is in the Magnolia Pictures independent film Ira and Abby, directed by Robert Cary.

Kevin Kline (Group 1) will appear next month in a Broadway revival of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, translated and adapted by Anthony Burgess and directed by David Leveaux. The production also features Keith Chappelle (Group 34). Kline is also in the HBO Films version of As You Like It, directed by Kenneth Branagh.



The Calder Quartet—Benjamin Jacobson (Artist Diploma ’07, violin), Andrew Bulbrook (Artist Diploma ’07, violin), Jonathan Moerschel (Artist Diploma ’07, viola), and Eric Byers (Artist Diploma ’07, cello)—was appointed to the conservatory division faculty of the Colburn School in Los Angeles in August. The ensemble was the graduate string-quartet-in-residence at Juilliard from 2005-07.

In June, Aya Hamada (MM ’04, harpsichord) performed Bach’s “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 5 with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra to a sold-out audience in Osaka, Japan. The program also included the “Brandenburg” Concertos Nos. 1 and 3, in which she played continuo.

Becca Schack’s (BM ’02, composition) newly commissioned work, In My End Is My Beginning (based on T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets), will be performed by the Melodia Women’s Choir on November 10 and 11 at Church of St. Luke in the Fields in New York. Also on the program will be two works by Eric Whitacre (MM ’97, composition), Five Hebrew Love Songs (based on a poem by Hila Plitmann [BM ’95, MM ’97, voice]) and She Weeps Over Rahoon (based on a poem by James Joyce).

Sang Woo Kang’s (MM ’01, piano) CD of Brahms’s two clarinet sonatas, recorded with clarinetist Heejeong Lucia Kye and titled Appasionato e Amabile, was released in July on the EMI Korea label. The CD also includes transcriptions of Brahms’s Zigeunerlieder. Another CD will be released in November, including Sheridan Seyfried’s Elegy for piano. Kang is on the piano faculty at SUNY-Fredonia.

Soyeon Lee (BM ’01, MM ’03, Artist Diploma ’05, piano) was featured on Merkin Concert Hall’s Tuesday Matinees series in September. The performance took place at the Ethical Culture Society in New York.


Arash Amini (MM ’99, PS ’00, cello) was a faculty member at the Mark O’Connor Strings Conference in San Diego in July. Other Juilliard alumni on the conference’s faculty were Angella Ahn (BM ’93, MM ’95, violin), Mark Wood (’76, violin), Juilliard faculty member David Wallace (Advanced Certificate ’95, DMA ’99, viola), and Mike Block (MM ’06, cello). In August, Amini performed two concerts in Switzerland as cellist of Trio Galleria, with flutist Eveline Kuhn and Melissa Marse (’99, collaborative piano). In July, he performed in Doylestown, Pa., as a member of the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, which also included AyanoNinomiya (MM ’03, violin), Hayley Wolfe (BM ’02, MM ’04, violin), violist Catherine Beeson, and Tanya Dusevic-Witek (MM ’95, DMA ’00,  flute). In June, he performed six parks concerts as principal cellist of the New Jersey Symphony and was also principal cellist of Amici New York at the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, OK. 

John Neumeier’s ballet The Little Mermaid, choreographed to music by Lera Auerbach (BM ’98, MM ’99, composition), received its German premiere in July at the Hamburg State Opera, on the occasion of the opening of the Hamburg Ballet Days 2007. Auerbach was invited to perform her original compositions at the Dalian Modern Museum, China, in September as part of her participation in Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Soprano Christine Arand (J.O.C. ’96) performed the role of Liú in a new production of Puccini’s Turandot for Dorset Opera in England this summer.

Franco Pomponi (J.O.C. ’93) sang the title role of Don Giovanni for Opéra National Montpellier and the Radio France Festival.

Indrek Laul (MM ’93, DMA ’99, piano) will give a piano recital at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa., on October 24 to benefit the Delaware Symphony and Juilliard. In July, he performed three recitals in Jackson Hole, Wyo., two of which were at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

In August, Chee-Yun (Kim) (Certificate ’91, violin) was named artist-in-residence at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas.

Composer and pianist Beata Moon (BM ’90, piano) performs her own solo piano works on her latest CD, released in June on Naxos. More information is available at


Soprano Renée Fleming (’86, voice) will headline the Dallas Opera’s 50th anniversary gala on November 17, which will also include trumpeter Chris Botti as guest star.

Conductor Marin Alsop led the premiere of Kenneth Fuchs's (MM ’83, DMA ’88, composition) United Artists (for Orchestra) in August at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, Calif. United Artists is featured on Fuchs’s disc of music recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta, which is scheduled for release in January on Naxos American Classics.

Leslie Blackburn-Harlow (MM ’83, viola), along with her husband, clarinetist Russell Harlow, and cellist Jésus Morales, performed Karel Husa’s Evocations de Slovaquie in July as guest artists for the International Clarfest in Vancouver, Canada. The work is also included on their recent Hybrid SACD release, Works for Clarinets and Strings by Dahl, Martinu, and Husa, performed by the Sonolumina Ensemble for the Isomike label. The artists of the Sonolumina Ensemble also include violinist Dara Morales and clarinetist Lee Livengood. The Harlows and Moraleses performed in August at Bargemusic in Brooklyn.

Sara Davis Buechner (MM ’81, piano) will make her debut performance in October with the Vancouver Symphony, Bramwell Tovey conducting. A series of performances in the New York area this month includes concerts at Bargemusic, Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, and concerts and master classes at Montclair (N.J.) State University and Rowan University. November concerts include a re-engagement with the Calgary Philharmonic, as well as performances in Corrales, N.M., and in Ontario.

David Krakauer (MM ’80, clarinet) and his Klezmer Madness performs on October 5 and 6 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by its music director, Andrew Litton (BM ’80, piano; MM ’82, orchestral conducting), will perform in Carnegie Hall on Nov. 6 as part of its first U.S. tour in 41 years. The program will feature pianist André Watts in Grieg’s Piano Concerto as well as the New York premiere of Knut Vaage’s Chatter and works by Shostakovich.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s (Diploma ’80, Professional Studies ’82, violin) concerts this month include performances of Bruch’s Concerto No. 1 with the Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Hattiesburg on October 4, and with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Jarvi, in Red Bank on October 12-16. She also performs the Barber Concerto No. 1 with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, on October 18, 20, and 21.


Miles Hoffman (MM’77, viola) began his duties as dean the Carroll McDaniel Petrie School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., in August.

Fernando Rivas (BM ’77, composition) received a Princess Grace Foundation Special Project Grant for his theatrical piece, The Soul Ascending, which combines theater, dance, music, and poetry to tell the story of six passengers on a doomed airliner.

Michael Lasater (MM ’75, trombone) is the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Research Award at Indiana University South Bend, where he is professor of communication arts and director of new media. His recent exhibitions include a solo show of works in video, animation, and sound presented by the Kansas City Artists Coalition in July and August.

Driving Force, a one-man show of paintings, sculpture, and giclées by artist, violinist, and teacher David Tobey (BM ’75, violin) are on view through October 13 at Pleiades Gallery in New York. The show will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Jordan Rudess (PC ’74, ’75, piano) toured the East Coast with the rock group Blackfield in March, and also performed with them in Frankfurt, Germany. The Rudess/Morgenstein Project (Rudess and Rod Morgenstein) performed in Baja, Calif., in March and in Whittier, Calif., in May. The progressive rock group Dream Theater’s “Chaos in Motion” world tour will take Rudess to Germany and the Netherlands in October. His newest solo album, The Road House, was released in September.

Bruce Adolphe’s (Pre-College ’71, BM ’75, MM ’76, composition) Crossing Broadway for chamber ensemble, commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, was premiered on the Society’s opening concert in September, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Nina Tichman (BS ’71, piano) played recitals in September in Boulder, Colo., and Santa Rosa, Calif., before joining her Xyrion Trio (with Ida Bieler [Diploma ’73, Postgraduate Diploma ’74, violin] and cellist Maria Kliegel) for a concert tour in Japan. The Xyrion Trio is currently recording the complete Piano Trios of Beethoven for Naxos.

33 Variations, a new CD by Diane Walsh (BM ’71, piano) of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and the Sonata Op. 78, has just been released by Jonathan Digital Recordings, Ltd. The release coincided with the opening of 33 Variations, a new play by Moisés Kaufman about Beethoven and his obsession with Diabelli’s waltz, at Arena Stage in Washington that ran through the end of September. Walsh performed the variations live on stage throughout the play.

In September, Madeleine Forte’s (BM ’70, MS ’71, piano) Bel-Être Ensemble (with violinist Pedro Pinyol and cellist Mariusz Skula) performed a program of works by Martinu, Bloch, Oppel, and Rodrigo, as well as South American tangos, at Yale University. Also in September, the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, invited Forte and her husband, Allen Forte, to be artists-in residence. They presented lectures and performances of works by Franz Liszt and Arnold Schoenberg.


The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio—consisting of  Joseph Kalichstein (BS ’67, MS ’69, piano), violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson—celebrated the conclusion of  their 30th anniversary season with a marathon performance of the complete Beethoven Piano Trios at the 92nd Street Y in New York in September. (See the Discoveries column on Page 6.)

Ferdinand Gajewski (BS ’63, piano) has published Carl Filtsch’s Konzertstück for piano and large orchestra, which Gajewski discovered in England. It was composed under Chopin’s aegis when Filtsch was 13. Further information is available at

Diana Mittler-Battipaglia (BS ’62, MS ’63, piano) conducted the Lehman College and Community Chorus and Orchestra in a performance of Schubert’s Mass in A-flat Major and other works in the Lehman Concert Hall in May. She was also featured in the documentary Last Stop, Kew Gardens, which premiered at the Center for Jewish History in April. She began her 29th season as pianist and executive director of the Con Brio Ensemble in September, performing trios by Turina, Chausson, and Tchaikovsky with Anton Miller (MM ’89, violin) and Juilliard faculty member André Emelianoff (BS ’65, cello) in four concerts in the New York area.

Andrejs Jansons (BS ’60, oboe) conducted soloists, chorus, and orchestra of the Latvian National Opera in the premiere recording of Bruno Skulte’s opera, The Heiress of Vilkaci. The CD was released in July on the Albany Records label.

Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee’s (’60, piano) Feu Follet and Ses Yeux, two songs based on poems by Thérèse Planiol, received their premieres in July in Varennes, France, by soprano Teodora Gheorghiu and pianist Nadine Delsaux. Rahbee’s Sonata No. 4 was performed by pianist Diane Andersen at the Festival of Contemporary Music in Buenos Aires and the Roussel Festival in northern France in September.

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