Juilliard Teach-in on the ‘Muslim Ban’

Tomorrow (Tuesday) a teach-in concerning Trump’s travel ban will occur at 12:00 pm in the Writing Center on the 5th floor. A teach-in is an interactive seminar, often focused on matters of current events or social importance. Typically, like a sit-in, lie-in or die-in, teach-ins have no set end time.  The first teach-in occurred in 1965 at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and centered around United States’ involvement in Vietnam. 

Professor Aaron Jaffe has organized the event, which is scheduled to end at 1:00 pm. According to Professor Jaffe, other participants include Professors Andersen, Lioi, Mercier, Sanchez, and Wilson; and Assistant Dean of International Advisement Cory Owen. 

“This teach-in is important because the Juilliard community is essentially international and diverse,” wrote Professor Jaffe in an email. “Domestic and International students should be aware of U.S. government’s policies and how discourses of safety or security are frequently used to exclude and harm minorities. The teach-in will include brief talks on the nature of executive orders, histories of exclusion, cultural analysis, politics of resistance, and what the ‘Muslim ban’ means for the Juilliard community.”

Pizza will be served, and the event qualifies for Foundations credit. 

Snow Day: What’s still happening today?

It’s Thursday, February 9, 2017, and Juilliard has announced a snow day. Here is an unofficial roundup of what’s still happening around campus.

It’s Thursday, February 9, 2017, and Juilliard has announced a snow day. Here is an unofficial roundup of what’s still happening around campus. (This possibly-inaccurate list is provided for your entertainment only, so please follow directives from the institution and from your departments.)

What’s still happening?

What’s cancelled?

Comment with your own updates, or email them to editor AT citizenpenguin DOT com

Alan Gilbert Conducts the Juilliard Orchestra Tonight

by Sumire Hirotsuru /
The Juilliard Orchestra will present an enormous masterpiece, the Fourth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, tonight, Tuesday, January 24 at 7:30pm. Around 120 musicians will be on stage in David Geffen Hall.

by Sumire Hirotsuru

The Juilliard Orchestra will present an enormous masterpiece, the Fourth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, tonight, Tuesday, January 24 at 7:30pm. Around 120 musicians will be on stage in David Geffen Hall.

The piece was written under the political oppression of the USSR. This was experienced personally by Shostakovich, who was attacked by Stalin for creating music that is against his cultural and political view. In the rehearsal, Maestro Alan Gilbert told students: “This piece is very timely for what is happening to this country right now.”

The program begins with Dutilleux’s “Tout un monde lointain…” for solo cello and orchestra. Featured soloist will is concerto competition winner, Anne Richardson.

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Anne Richardson, cello soloist
DUTILLEUX Tout un monde lointain…
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 4

Remembering Noah Witke (Group 42)

Helen Cespedes (Group 42): I saw you!! … a few days before … you were crossing 65th, headset perched on your wispy hair, purpose in your step, hard at work for the film festival. I couldn’t reach you in time to say hello.…

Neener!

I saw you!! … a few days before … you were crossing 65th, headset perched on your wispy hair, purpose in your step, hard at work for the film festival. I couldn’t reach you in time to say hello. But I smiled to myself, so happy to see you there, to know you were there, in the world, working hard, making others smile, doing whatever you could to make this particular day a little easier, a little better, for everyone you passed. So, I said a silent “Hello, Noah!” with my eyes that smiled to see you there.

And, of course you said hello back … a few days after…your grinning, warm face, popping up on my the email account of my phone, with the caption poetically under your name “signed out.” You must’ve used your account on my phone to look up sides or something. Perhaps, it was one of the very few times I was helping you. Helping you tape an audition, I think. Because most of the time you were helping me: helping me move, helping me think, helping me try to be an adult although you were younger but more mature somehow. The acts of generosity you did on my behalf keep multiplying in my mind. And, I was one of many. But, seeing your face there once again, I smiled. You said hi back.

The thoughts of this letter disintegrate, unresolved, inconclusive … Just a chance to say another hello and a thank you …

Love,
Oderwaller

 

Have your own remembrance of Noah? Email editor AT citizenpenguin DOT com.

ShoutHouse Inauguration Day Alternative

Looks like ShoutHouse has something exciting planned for Inauguration Day. Why not watch them instead of bumping Trump’s TV ratings? Check this space for more tomorrow.

Looks like ShoutHouse has something exciting planned for Inauguration Day. Why not watch them instead of bumping Trump’s TV ratings? Check this space for more tomorrow.

UPDATED: See below!

ShoutHouse is a dynamic group of artists and musicians from New York. They create art that allows people from many backgrounds to express themselves in one space. Formed in 2012 when members of an afro-beat/hip-hop band began collaborating with orchestral musicians, they have evolved into a 15-member ensemble of hip-hop, jazz, and classically-trained musicians and dancers that spreads a message of diversity and understanding through performance.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week at Juilliard

Yours truly, along with members of the Juilliard Black Student Union perform a powerful and relevant piece telling the story of Black American history. Don’t miss out on this important piece of interdisciplinary work.

Yours truly, along with members of the Juilliard Black Student Union perform a powerful and relevant piece telling the story of Black American history. Don’t miss out on this important piece of interdisciplinary work.

Today & Tomorrow: Actors’ and HistPerf Musicians’ TARTUFFE

Tartuffe. Saturday & Sunday, December 17th & 18th, 2016.*open to community members only*

Tickets reserved here—Juilliard community only. 

Directed by Mark Olsen.

With actors Leigha Sinnott, Sebastian Arroyo, Manon Gage, Daniel Davila, Juliette Kenn de Balinthazy, Nate Mann, Brandon Homer, Allen Tedder, Tracie Thomason, Nicholas Podany and Philip Stoddard and musicians Welvin Potter, Arash Noori, Adam Cockerham

Note: While The Juilliard School provides financial assistance for this project as part of the Juilliard Grants Program, the project is not a project of the School; rather, it is a student-initiated project.

Never Stop Fighting: Political Speeches Today in Paul Hall

Tomorrow in Paul Hall: “A collection of political speeches put together by the members of Drama Group 47 to fight the growing danger of our country’s divisive political climate.”

In this post-election 2016, our divided country is in need of some vital, if perhaps uncomfortable conversations. My Group at Juilliard has put together a collection of political speeches ranging from 1851 to 2016, and will be performing them on campus in Paul Hall. If you are a student, come. Juilliard’s President, Joseph Polisi, will be attending, and we want to show the school how important these issues on race, gender, patriotism, and climate change are to us.

If you are not a student of Juilliard, I’m afraid there’s not a way you can see this performance, but we urge you to create events like this in your own community. This event is geared to create a space of conversation and activism. There’s no more time to play catch up, and we have to speak to one another as a way to start the change we want to see. No one else is going to make steps forward unless you lead, so let’s all be leaders and challenge each other to do more, go farther, and never stop fighting.

Never Stop Fighting Poster

Mystery Exhibit feat. Chemical Properties + Optimism

Unknown maker places mystery art exhibit in hopes of spreading wintry joy, light, chemistry, and optimism to Juilliard students in the midst of finals. Higher authorities still either unaware of The Mystery’s existence or have greater capacity for humor than previously thought.

5th floor, glass case, adjacent to library. Unknown maker places mystery art exhibit in hopes of spreading wintry joy, light, chemistry, and optimism to Juilliard students in the midst of finals. Higher authorities still either unaware of The Mystery’s existence or have greater capacity for humor than previously thought. If in possession of leads or insights, contact Citizen Penguin.
#HangInThereItsAlmostWinterBreak!

Text of the placard:

“Unknown MAKER

Displacement, 2016
Oxygen, nitrogen, various other gases; argon, carbon dioxide, methane
Air collected from outside put inside; hence the title. This is clearly a joke and the placard wonders how long it will stay here until it is removed by higher authority. The real question is, what is this exhibit supposed to be? A REAL MYSTERY

Purchase, The Hang in There It’s Almost Winter Break! Foundation
Gift, 2016”