Critic’s Choice

Thu Feb 14, 2019 at 2:41 pm


This may be a good week to see some stars of the future.

Every two years, Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW)– a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education—takes a couple dozen of the most gifted young classical musicians and begins to mold them into leaders, educators, community builders, advocates, and entrepreneurs, so that this art form will have a fighting chance of surviving in tomorrow’s society and marketplace.

Besides hitting the books and engaging with the city’s school kids, the lucky “fellows” work with top composers and conductors while preparing concerts at Carnegie, Juilliard, and community venues all over the five boroughs. Tuesday in Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Ensemble Connect will give performances, coached by the composers, of three present-day classics: Steve Reich’s Quartet, Julia Wolfe’s On Seven-Star-Shoes, and John Adams’s Chamber Symphony. Leading off the program will be Colin McPhee’s pioneering 1934 transcription, Balinese Ceremonial Music, a sort of godfather to the other three works.

Ensemble Connect performs works of McPhee, Reich, Wolfe, and John Adams 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.; 212-247-7800.

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