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March 2nd, 2010
Juilliard comes back to Texas State Thursday

230110julliardPerformers from the world renowned Julliard School will performing Thursday at Texas State.

STAFF REPORT

The world famous Juilliard School will once again perform at Texas State as the culminating artistic event of the university’s Common Experience program at Evans Auditorium.

The show will begin Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The program, “Portraits of the Artist’s Mind: Juilliard Rejoins Texas State for a Common Experience in the Arts,” will feature several familiar artists from last year’s performance. The event will also be the world premiere of a composition for solo percussion by Texas State alumnus Wayne Oquin, entitled, “Drive.”

The event is free and open to the public.

The event will showcase original choreography, theatrical themes and musical works, all focused on “the whole mind,” the theme for this year’s Common Experience. Works featured in the show include music by Pierre Boulez, Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy and the poetry of Walt Whitman.

Wayne Oquin, who graduated from Texas State in 1999, completed his doctorate at Juilliard in 2008. He was consequently hired at Juilliard as faculty. He creates and directs the Texas State shows, where he and the Juilliard performers devote their spring break to the performances.

For the past three years, the “Juilliard Show” has been the subject of many congratulatory messages sent to Texas State.

Juilliard is one of the premier conservatories in the world. Located at Lincoln Center in New York, Juilliard accepts around six percent of its 1,300 applicants each year. Its alumni include Philip Glass, Kevin Klein, James, Levine, Yo Yo Ma, Stephen Sondheim, Leontyne Price, Miles Davis, John Williams, Kevin Spacey and Ving Rhames.

The event is sponsored by Texas State’s Common Experience and the Juilliard School. For additional information on the event, call (512) 245-2266 or email honors@txstate.edu.

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