Past Event

The Theatrical Imagination of Jean-Philippe Rameau

September 28, 2023
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Buell Hall, 515 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 East Gallery


In this musical conversation, Julia Doe talks with Robert Mealy, Director of Julliard415, and the students from Juilliard Historical Performance, about the orchestral imagination of the operatic revolutionary composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. Their conversation will be illustrated by musical excerpts played by Ryan Cheng, (Baroque Violin), Andrew Koutroubas (Baroque Cello), and Dani Zanuttini-Frank (Theorbo), that convey Rameaus’s unique musical imagination.

Juilliard415 will be performing a related concert of Rameau’s music, drawn from his operas Castor et Pollux (Paris, 1737) and Dardanus (1739), in the French Touch Series of the Music Before 1800 program on October 1 at Corpus Christi Church, which will also be released online. For more information, see

Julia Doe is Associate Professor of Music and Historical Musicology.  She is a scholar of eighteenth-century opera, with particular emphasis on the music, literature, and politics of the French Enlightenment. 

Robert Mealy has directed the Historical Performance Program at The Juilliard School since 2012, and has led his Juilliard students in acclaimed performances both in New York and abroad, including tours to Europe, India, New Zealand, and Bolivia. Before coming to Juilliard, he taught for many years at Yale and Harvard.  He is also one of America’s most prominent Baroque violinists. The New Yorker has called him "New York's world-class early music violinist." 

This event is co-sponsored by the Maison Française, Department of Music, and Music Before 1800.

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