Artists return for 4th Juilliard in Aiken

Weeklong festival of arts entertains March 10-16
Juilliard Jazz Ensemble guitarist Miles Okazaki (top left) and trombonist Marshall Gilkes led children in a call and response routine at a family concert during the 2009 Juilliard in Aiken. During the week, artists visit schools to perform for the children.

Nearly 40 performers, including dancers, percussionists, organists, vocalists and pianists are scheduled to perform this coming week during the fourth annual Juilliard in Aiken.


The partnership came through Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith’s bequest of Joye Cottage to the Juilliard School as a retreat for future generations of Juilliard students, faculty and alumni. Joye Cottage is the 60-room Whitney-Vanderbilt estate where, in its heyday, artists such as Enrico Caruso and Nellie Melba, pianist Józef Hofmann and dancer Fred Astaire once performed.

Some of the outreach programs include Juilliard musicians visiting area schools and young people’s concerts for middle school students.

More than 8,000 students have participated in the outreach program during the festival’s first three years.

Here’s the performance schedule for March 10-16:

BLACK TIE GALA PREVIEW CONCERT/CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION: 8 p.m. March 10, Joye Cottage Ballroom; featured artists – Julliard415; by invitation for sponsors $1,000 or more

GOING BAROQUE WITH JUILLIARD415: 3 p.m. March 11, doors open 2:30 p.m., Aiken’s First Baptist Church; early instrumentalists; featured artists Juilliard415; free, open to the public

THE SUBLIME INSTRUMENT, ORGAN RECITAL: 6 p.m. March 11, St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church; featuring David Ball and Gregory C. Zelek, organists; free, open to the public; contact church office for reservations (803) 648-5497

JUILLIARD DANCE: 7:30 p.m. March 12, 2 p.m. March 13, URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. SW; March 12: $35, $25, $15, students $5; March 13: $30, $20, $10, students $5; (803) 648-1438,

JUILLIARD PERCUSSION: 7 p.m. March 13, Second Baptist Church, 425 Hampton Ave. NW, Aiken; featuring Sam Budish, Ian Sullivan, Mike Truesdale; free, open to the public; contact church office for reservations (803) 644-3994

JUILLIARD JAZZ LAWN CONCERT & TEA: 2 p.m. March 14, Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road; featured artists: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble; $45; (803) 648-1438,

CABARET UNDER THE STARS: 8 p.m. March 14, Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road; featuring Jennifer Sheehan; front row tables $100 person; row 2, $90; row 3 $80; row 4 bistro tables $70; (803) 648-1438,

MIDDAY MUSIC AND LUNCH CONCERT SERIES: 11:30 a.m. March 15, doors open 11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church; Juilliard Singers, Violin, Viola and Piano Trio; free, open to the public; general admission, first come first served;

MEET THE ARTISTS COCKTAIL RECEPTION/TRUSTEES FEATURED PERFORMER SERIES: March 15, reception 7 p.m., performance 8 p.m., Aiken County Historical Museum; artists: Elli Chi and Taeguk Mun $75, limited seating capacity; (803) 648-1438,

AFTER HOURS JAZZ AT THE WILLCOX: 9 p.m. March 15, The Willcox Inn; featured artists: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

JUILLIARD ARTISTS SHOWCASE CONCERT: 3 and 8 p.m. March 16, URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. SW; 3 p.m.: $30, $20, $10, students $5; 8 p.m.: $45, $35, $25, students $5; (803) 648-1438,