Juilliard sets Focus! Festival program

'Aspiration,' 'Sierra' to make New York debuts

Juilliard’s 25th annual Focus! Festival — “California: A Century of New Music” — kicks off on Jan. 23 with the Gotham premieres of Roger Reynolds’ “Aspiration” and Robert Erickson’s “Sierra.”

Fest will feature 100 years of music from California, showcasing work from West Coast composers, including last century’s Henry Cowell and John Cage and modern musicians John Adams and Mason Bates.

Directed by conductor Joel Sachs, fest will survey the California scene and demonstrate its influence on contemporary music.

A semi-staged performance of Adams’ “The Death of Klinghoffer,” featuring Juilliard singers and the Juilliard Orchestra, directed by Edward Berkeley, will close the fest on Jan. 31.

Tickets are free and available starting Jan. 9 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer box office at Juilliard. All concerts will be held at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

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