The prestigious Juilliard School will once again join Texas State’s Common Experience program with a performance on March 12 at 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.
Twelve students from Juilliard, in collaboration with performers from Texas State, will participate in a program called, “A Time to Break Silence: Songs Inspired by the Words and Writing of Martin Luther King. Jr.”
Wayne Oquin, Juilliard faculty member and Texas State alumnus, composed the piece, written for piano and baritone. Oquin will also direct the performance, which will include theatrical scenes, monologues based on the works of Lyndon Baines Johnson and MLK, original dance choreography and musical works. Texas State music professor Joey Martin will also perform a composition written by Oquin, with choreography and chorus by Juilliard dancers.
Juilliard, located in the Lincoln Center in New York City, counts among its more famous graduates jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, violinist Itzhak Perlman, director Steven Sondheim, operatic soprano Jessye Norman and actor Robin Williams. Regarded as one of the most exclusive schools in the country, Juilliard maintains a stricter admissions standard than most of the schools in the Ivy League. Many of the students from Juilliard visiting Texas State are already invloved in professional productions in New York and throughout the country.
The theme for the 2009 Common Experience program is “Civic Responsibility and the Legacy of LBJ.”
Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the University Honors Program at (512) 245-2266, the University Seminar program at (512) 245-7952 or email Nico Schuler. For more information, on the Common Experience program, visit its website.