Sunday, December 11, 2022, 4 p.m. Corpus Christi Church

Sunday, December 18, 2022, 4 p.m. Online

Laurence Cummings, director and harpsichord

The Splendors of Dresden

In the 18th century, the court orchestra of Dresden was one of the glories of Europe. Some of the greatest composers and performers gathered at the glittering Saxon capital, from the virtuoso concertmaster Johann Georg Pisendel to the quirky and ingenious bass player Jan Dismas Zelenka. Directed by the distinguished Laurence Cummings of England, the students of Juilliard415 bring this rich music to life in concertos and suites by Heinichen, Fasch, Pisendel, Zelenka, and others.

“As their opening piece, Juilliard 415 launched into a dramatic account … with a strong contrast between loud and quiet and the flashing virtuosity of the players …. The ensemble played [Marais] with infectious vitality and admirable precision.” Bachtrack

The virtual program becomes available on Sunday, December 18, 4 p.m. ET and remains viewable until January 1, 2023. 

Artist Bios and Program

Launched in 2009, Juilliard Historical Performance is a graduate program for advanced students who specialize in early music on period instruments. Each student receives a full-tuition scholarship. Supported by a distinguished faculty that includes some of todays most respected performers and scholars in the field, students spend two years in an intense schedule of studio lessons, chamber music and orchestral coaching, performance, and academic training and research.

Juilliard415, the schools principal period-instrument ensemble, brings major figures in the field of early music to lead performances, including Harry Bicket, William Christie, Rachel Podger, Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Jordi Savall. Notable side-by-side collaborations with Les Arts Florissants at the Philharmonie de Paris and with Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco have enriched previous seasons.

Juilliard415 travels extensively and has performed on five continents with notable appearances at the Boston Early Music Festival, Leipzig Bachfest, and Utrecht Early Music Festival where Juilliard was the first-ever conservatory in residence. Juilliard415 made its South American debut with a tour to Bolivia sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. It has toured twice in New Zealand. The ensemble has performed in Germany, Scandinavia, Southeast Asia, Japan, the UK, and Italy. It also collaborates frequently with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

Juilliard415 has performed major oratorios and baroque operas every year since its founding, including a rare fully staged production of RameauHippolyte et Aricie during the 2017-18 season. The ensemble has also had the distinction of premiering new works for period instruments. Recently it commissioned pieces by seven leading composers for the “Seven Last Words Project,” a Holy Week concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Composers included Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw, and Tania León.

Juilliard Historical Performance resumed its activities in 2021-22 in a season that saw the return of Masaaki Suzuki, Pablo Heras-Casado, Rachel Podger, William Christie, and Paul Agnew. It returned to a full schedule of public chamber music performances in New York City, South Carolina, and in Paris with members of Les Arts Florissants.


Individual Tickets
Preferred Center: $55/$50
Center: $45/$40
Premium Balcony and Sides: $40/$35
Balcony: $30/$25
Partial View: $15/$10
Blocked View: $10/$5
Virtual Concert: $15

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Regular Subscription: $176-$336
Partial Subscriptions: $96-$264
Virtual Subscription: $80

Student Tickets
We offer $5 student tickets to all in-person and virtual concerts.