Festival Concerts | June 6–13, 2021


Robert Mealy, director

Premiered Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 10pm (EDT)

Terpsichore: A Baroque Dance Mix | The director of Juilliard's Historical Performance and BEMF's own Orchestra Director, Robert Mealy leads a collaboration between the school's historical performance ensemble Juilliard415 and  Juilliard’s Dance Divisions. Enjoy a "Baroque dance mix" with music by Purcell, Lully, Campra, Handel, and Rameau with Baroque dancers in historically-informed choreography and with Juilliard dancers performing original student choreography.

An Encore Presentation, recorded in Alice Tully Hall, April 12, 2016.

Length: 1 hour

Imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring.”

—The Boston Globe


Premieres on Wednesday, June 9 at 9:30pm

Dancing in our Chairs: The making of Juilliard415’s Baroque dance mix
Presented by Robert Mealy, Director of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program

One of the most important musical languages that Juilliard’s Historical Performance students learn during their intensive two years is the subtle grammar of the French Baroque, and all the dance forms that are at the heart of French instrumental style. Director Robert Mealy discusses how his students discovered how to dance in their playing, and what they learned from both the BEMF company dancers and the modern Juilliard dancers that collaborated on this program.


Terpsichore: A Baroque Dance Mix

Henry Purcell: Dances from King Arthur (1691)
Jean-Baptiste Lully:
Ouverture from Les Plaisirs de l’île enchantée, LWV 22 (1664)
Entrée pour un homme et une femme from Les jeux pithiens, LWV 42 (1669)
Gavotte from Atys, LWV 53 (1676)
André Campra: Entrée Espagnolle pour un homme et une femme from L’Europe galante (1697)
Lully: Chaconne  from Acis et Galatée, LWV 73 (1686)
George Frideric Handel: Dances from Terpsichore, HWV 8b (1734)
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Dances from Pigmalion (1748)


Robert Mealy, director & violin

Caroline Copeland, Peter Farrow* & Carlos Fittante, choreographers & dancers
Alysia L. Johnson*, Eoin Robinson*, Alexis Silver, My’Kal Stromile* & Andrew Trego, dancers

* Member of Juilliard Dance


Violin I
Robert Mealy, director
Nayeon Kim (MM ’16)
Jeffrey Girton (MM ’17)
Ambra Casonato (GD ’17)
Ula Kinderyte (GD ’17)

 Violin II
Toma Iliev (GD ’16)
Isabelle Seula Lee (MM ’17)
Karen Dekker (MM ’16)
Seohee Min (MM ’17)

Danika Paskvan (MM ’17)
Nethanel Pollak (MM ’16)
Robert Warner (GD ’17) 

Oliver Weston (MM ’17)
Alex Nicholls (MM ’16)
Julia Nilsen-Savage (MM ’17)
Ezra Seltzer (GD ’11)

Double Bass
Peter Ferretti (MM ’17)

Joseph Monticello (MM ’16)
Melanie Williams (MM ’15, DMA ’20)

Caroline Ross (MM ’16)
David Dickey (MM ’16)

Neil Chen (MM ’17)
Kamila Marcinkowska-Prasad (GD ’16)

Adam Cockerham, theorbo (GD ’16, MM ’17, DMA ’22)
Paul Morton, Baroque guitar (MM ’16)
Gabriel Benton, harpsichord (MM ’16)

Christian Lundqvist (MM ’16)

Videography by Eric Mann, Unreel Films

Juilliard Historical Performance 

Robert Mealy, Director
Benjamin D. Sosland, Administrative Director
Rosemary Metcalf, Assistant Administrative Director
Sophia Ennocenti, Schedule and Administrative Coordinator
Masayuki Maki, Chief Tuner and Coordinator for Historical Keyboard Collection

Violin: Elizabeth Blumenstock, Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts
Cello: Phoebe Carrai
Viola da gamba: Sarah Cunningham
Bass: Douglas Balliett
Flute: Sandra Miller
Oboe: Gonzalo Ruiz
Bassoon: Dominic Teresi
Plucked Instruments: Daniel Swenberg, Charles Weaver
Harpsichord: Peter Sykes, Richard Egarr, Béatrice Martin
Continuo Skills: Avi Stein
Core Studies: Robert Mealy, Thomas Forrest Kelly, Peter Sykes
Historical Theory and Improvisation: Charles Weaver
Secondary Lessons: Todd Williams (horn), Nina Stern (recorder), John Thiessen (trumpet)
Artists in Residence: William Christie, Rachel Podger