Ensemble ACJW, a part of The Academy — a program involving Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, returns to Skidmore for a musical and cultural residency. Most music students recognize the young and talented performers as those random people who come to music theory class and sit in with the orchestra once a semester. But recently the ACJW collective has begun to spread from Zankel into the community.
The fellows will be playing, lecturing, and interacting throughout Saratoga Springs and the Skidmore campus over the next few days (check out the calendar of public events below). My personal favorite? The open poetry reading at Northshire Bookstore Thursday at 7:00 PM. It’s not very often you can pull an Amiri Baraka (RIP) and have your work read with professional accompaniment. So English majors, I highly recommend you put down the Chaucer for a second and stop by.
The whole residency concludes with Carnegie Hall Premieres: A Concert by Ensemble ACJW in Zankel Friday night. ACJW never leaves home without a composer and a piece to premiere for us Skid kids, so schedule date night around this. You won’t want to miss it. Besides being some of the most exciting and entertaining musicians in New York right now (that’s right – not just classical musicians, ALL musicians; come at me bloggosphere), they’re wonderful people and enthusiastic performers.
Here’s there full public schedule:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 6:00pm- FLASH MOB! @ D-Hall (that’s when I’ll be eating dinner. I love eating while people make fools of themselves)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 12:15pm – Library Informance @ Scribner Library (holy fuck who names these things) 5:00pm- Student Composition Readings @ Helen Filene Ladd Hall (go student composers go!) 7:00-9:00pm- Poetry Slam @ Northshire Bookstore
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 1:00pm Ensemble ACJW Open Dress Rehearsal @ Ladd Hall (aural pregame of the concert) 7:00pm- Pre-Concert Talk @ Ladd Hall (oh is Gordon speaking??) 8:00pm- Carnegie Hall Premieres: A Concert by Ensemble ACJW (date night!!)
And seniors? If you’re headed downtown after the show, here’s who to look for:
What’s sexier than oboe? How about an oboist who makes the coolest electronic sounds I’ve ever heard with just an oboe and a laptop.
Nanci has a passion for teaching and giving back to the community; but don’t let her small stature fool you. The bassoon reigns supreme among the woodwinds, and size does matter.
Have you ever tried to play French horn? No, because it’s an impossibly hard instrument to play. But Laura’s one of the best and a badass for making it look easy.
Nothing’s more mysterious than a bass player, especially one like Doug. A genre bending fiend who brings rap to opera, he’ll find ways to make you sing.
She’s got a music degree from Juilliard and an English degree from Columbia. It’s like liberal arts on steroids and puts us all to shame. If you see her you will bow down before her and buy her a drink.
Oh Liam. Your dreamy eyes and soulful clarinet tone are all we can ask for. Be gentle, sweet prince.
Don’t let his pale façade fool you. Tyler is one badass motherfucker, dazzling on keys for operas, ballerinas, and Grammy Award–winning African-American choral group Sounds of Blackness. Oh fuck yes.