2014-2015 Season

Elly Ameling Residency

October 2, 2014, Juilliard's Paul Hall

World-renowned Dutch soprano Elly Ameling will be in residency at Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts in late September and will conclude her teaching with a public master class at Juilliard.


Elly Ameling is beloved and admired throughout the world for her splendid and expressive voice and her compelling artistry. Her 1995-96 farewell tour marked a milestone in a remarkable artistic career. After her professional debut as a concert singer in Rotterdam in 1953, she performed for more than 40 years in virtually every major cultural center in the world. Her frequent appearances with the leading international orchestras (Haitink, Giulini, Britten, Ozawa, Sawallisch, among her conductors) have established her as one of the greatest singers of our age.


Elly Ameling is in great demand throughout the world for her master classes for singers and their pianists, and they benefit from her knowledge and the wealth of her practical insight. She has been awarded four honorary degrees and has been knighted by her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands for her services to music.

NYFOS After Hours at HENRY'S

October 20, 2014, HENRY'S Restaurant (2745 Broadway at 105th St., NYC)

Join us as we celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of HENRY's Restaurant, with a program featuring songs about friendship, food, and hospitality, including music by Bernstein, Ahrens and Flaherty, the Beatles, Bob Merrill, Kurt Weill, and many others. Artists include sopranos Julia Bullock and Meredith Lustig; tenors Ben Bliss, Theo Lebow, and Miles Mykkanen; and baritones Jonathan Estabrooks and Theo Hoffman.


From Steven Blier:
"My neighborhood restaurant, HENRY's, has become one of the Upper West Side's enduring pleasures.  It serves fresh, locally sourced food to mellow, locally sourced diners. It has been a true pleasure to make music in my own stomping grounds for the past five years, and I am thrilled to honor this beautiful establishment and its proprietor, the eponymous Henry Rinehart, with a musical celebration. Everyone loves making (and hearing) music in this warm, wood-paneled environment. Here's to the next 15 years!" 




Poulenc's "Tel jour, telle nuit"

November 6, 2014, Juilliard's Paul Hall

Miles joins pianist Kristen Doering in a performance of Poulenc's "Tel jour, telle nuit" at The Juilliard School.  


Kristen Doering, a native born Kansan, is currently attending The Juilliard School where she studies under Margo Garrett and Jonathan Feldman for her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano. Having appeared many times in the beloved venue of Paul Hall of The Juilliard School, Ms. Doering also held her debut performance in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as a part of the Wednesdays at One Series. Enjoyed already by New York audiences and performance colleagues, Ms. Doering is known for her warm and colorful sound, and her acute partnering skills. Ms. Doering holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from The University of Kansas.

Juilliard Songfest

December 4, 2014, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard Songfest, curated by Marcus Institute Artistic Director, pianist Brian Zegerwill focus on music set to the texts of Charles Baudelaire.


Christine Price, soprano

Virginie Verrez, mezzo-soprano

Eric Jurenas, countertenor

Miles Mykkanen, tenor


Tickets at $20 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $10 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.

The Song Continues

January 12-17, 2015, Carnegie Hall

Founded by iconic mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, one of America’s great artists, this annual celebration of art song nurtures gifted young singers. Mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and pianist Warren Jones join Ms. Horne in an intensive weeklong series of coaching sessions and master classes for rising vocal talents. Invited participants will also have the opportunity to attend two Spotlight Recitals and the culminating event, the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration.


February 19, 2015, Juilliard's Paul Hall

Juilliard’s Liederabend series showcases singers from the Marcus Institute in performances of song literature. Liederabend performances pair singers with students from Juilliard’s Collaborative Piano Department.  


Repertoire to be announced.


Performances are FREE; tickets are required.

New World Symphony

March 1, 2015, New World Center

The Human Voice

Joseph Peters, conductor

Mary Birnbaum, director

Christine Price, soprano

Avery Amereau, mezzo-soprano

Miles Mykkanen, tenor

Kurt Kanazawa, baritone



In a delightful treat, selected Fellows join a quartet of young vocalists to offer poetic chamber music. It’s old world versus new world as the deeply-rooted traditions of Schubert and Brahms go voice-to-voice, note-to-note with American gems by Argento and Barber. Brahms lets his favorite instrument, the viola, share the spotlight in his “chamber music songs,” while Schubert employs the horn to add a melancholy voice to his On the River, written in the last year of his life. Barber perfectly bottles the leisurely days of summer before his fleeting mini-opera unfolds over a game of cards.



Schubert: String Trio

Brahms: Two Songs

Schubert: On the River

Argento: Six Elizabethan Songs

Barber: Summer Music

Barber: A Hand of Bridge

Residency: Royal Irish Academy of Music

March 2015, Dublin, Ireland and New York, NY

The residency will include singers, actors, and pianists from both RIAM and Juilliard working and performing an Irish/American Songbook program first in Dublin and then New York featuring music and texts which reflect and explore the Irish diaspora.  Performances in Dublin and New York (dates to be announced).

Finishing the Hat: A Solo Recital

March 27, 2015, Juilliard's Paul Hall

Miles joins longtime collaborator Dan K. Kurland in a performance that promises to be different than the typical classical recital.


A note about the program:

"The evening will open with a set of Schubert songs exploring paternal love both divine and earthly, followed by selections from Britten's Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo. We couldn't have a proper recital without some sensuality, so we'll present a set of three songs by Roussel, Fauré and Debussy about evening love scenes around fountains. 

We'll top the first half off with a slightly wild finale. I don't want to give too much away, but I can say we'll perform my favorite aria and guarantee you've never heard it like this before.

But that's only half the fun!  Dan and I will turn a corner in the second half and present a quasi cabaret in a fashion only two classically-trained musicians could. I've always had an affinity for the work of Stephen Sondheim, who turns 85 years old this March. To celebrate, we're saluting one of our greatest living composers with a set focusing on love and art, two common themes in Mr. Sondheim's writing, while exploring the question of what it means to be in love when you're an artist."


Finishing the Hat

An evening of song with Miles Mykkanen and Dan K. Kurland

Friday, March 27, 2015

6pm, Paul Hall at The Juilliard School


Le nozze di Figaro

April 24-28, 2015, Juilliard's Peter J. Sharp Theater

The Juilliard Opera season concludes with a production of W.A. Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, an opera buffa in four acts conducted by Gary Thor Wedow and directed by Stephen Wadsworth


Featuring Takaoki Onishi (Count Almaviva), Alexsandra Razskazoff (Countess Rosina Almaviva), Ying Fang (Susanna), Thesele Kemane (Figaro), Virginie Verrez (Cherubino), Ewa Plonka (Marcellina), Önay Kose (Bartolo), Miles Mykkanen (Basilio), Aaron Mor (Don Curzio), Liv Redpath (Barbarina), Tyler Zimmerman (Antonio)


Conductor Gary Thor Wedow has established an enviable reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, orchestras, and festivals throughout North America. He debuted with the New York Philharmonic in 2012 conducting Handel’s Messiah and returned in 2013-14 for the same work. A frequent guest of Seattle Opera, some of Mr. Wedow’s recent successes there include the double bill of Poulenc’s La voix humaine and Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Gluck’s Orphée, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Recently, Mr. Wedow conducted The Magic Flute with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the world premiere of Paul Richards and Wendy Steiner’s Biennale at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and Messiah for the Seattle Symphony. In 2014, he led J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour with Juilliard415 in Aiken, South Carolina and Spivey Hall in Morrow, Georgia, culminating in an Alice Tully Hall concert. He also conducted Don Pasquale for Arizona Opera; The Abduction from the Seraglio for Utah Opera; and Don Giovanni for Seattle Opera. Mr. Wedow has appeared regularly with Wolf Trap Opera and The Berkshire Choral Festival, most recently for the Haydn Missa in tempore belli in Salzburg. He has been a member of Juilliard’s faculty since 1994 and has led performances there of L’incoronazione di Poppea, La finta giardiniera, Ariodante, and most recently, Don Giovanni.


Stephen Wadsworth’s 2013-14 season included the final mounting of his Ring cycle for Seattle Opera, and the premiere of his translations of Beaumarchais’ plays The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. He has directed theater and opera all over the world, including, in recent seasons, Master Class on Broadway and in the West End, the Aeschylus Agamemnon at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, and the world premiere of Amelia (for which he wrote the story) in Seattle. Mr. Wadsworth is the James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow at The Juilliard School, and director of its advanced training program for singers, the first-ever intensive acting course for singers. He is also head of dramatic studies for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has three productions in the repertoire—Rodelinda, Iphigénie en Tauride, and Boris Godunov. His translations of Marivaux and Molière earned him a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government, and he was also a 2013 Playwrights Fellow at Sundance Theatre Lab and a Harman/Eisner Artist-in-Residence at The Aspen Institute. Mr. Wadsworth wrote the opera A Quiet Place with Leonard Bernstein.

Il barbiere di Siviglia

July 10-12, 2015, Rozsa Center (Houghton, MI)

Miles leads the cast as Count Almaviva in Pine Mountain Music Festival's new production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.  PMMF's Artistic Director, Donald Schleicher, conducts the PMMF Symphony Orchestra in a production directed by Debra Dickinson.

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

July 16, 2015 Kingsford, MI; July 17, 2015 Reynolds Recital Hall (Marquette, MI); July 18, 2015, Rozsa Center (Houghton, MI)

Conducted by Artistic Director Donald Schleicher, the Pine Mountain Music Festival Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op.125.  Featured soloists include soprano Tory Wood, mezzo-soprano Lara Neves, tenor Miles Mykkanen and baritone Levi Hernandez. The orchestra also performs the Overture to Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss and Romanze by Sibelius.

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