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The 1960s television hit The Monkees featured four zany musicians for whom almost nothing ever went right.  One of the actors chosen to portray the group The Monkees already had experience as a television performaer. Can You Guess which band member it was?

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Chantal Juillet was the soloist in the first performance of Lowell Liebermann's Violin Concerto on August 16, 2001. Charles Dutoit conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Ms. Juillet was born in Montreal on December 19, 1960.  She began to study the violin when she was 6.
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Ms. Juillet first studied with Claude Létourneau in Quebec City, and then continued her studies in Montreal with Luis Grinhauz.  She entered the Festivals de musique du Quebec in 1969 and won first prize.  This led to her performing Bach's Concerto in a minor with the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra.

Ms Juillet moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School of Music.  Her teachers there were Ivan Galamian and Dorothy Delay.  Ms Juillet studied under Josef Gingold at the University of Indiana at Bloomington and took part in master classes with Nathan Milstein and Max Rostal.

Competitions followed, as did the prizes she earned.  She won the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition  in 1974, the International Stepping Stones of the CBC Talent Competition in 1978, and the Prix d'Europe (presented by the government of Quebec) in 1979.

Ms. Juillet's US debut in 1982 led to performances with numerous other orchestras in Canada and the United States.  She joined the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 1985 and was appointed co-concertmaster in 1990.  That same year she was named Music Director of the Saratoga International Chamber Music Festival in New York State.

Among Ms Juillet's recordings are Stravinsky's Violin Concerto and the two Szymanowski concerti.  Her all-Ravel CD won the Gramophone Award for the Best Chamber Music Recording of 1997 .
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1613 - Claudio Monteverdi became the Republic of Venice's Master of Music.

- Beethoven finished composing his Piano Sonata in e, Op 90.

1876 - First performance of Wagner's Siegfried, at Bayreuth, Hans Richter conducting.

1925 - Kirke Mechem, US composer, was born.

1932 - First performance of George Gershwin's Cuban Overture called a rumba, by the NY Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Albert Coates

1961 - First performance of Zoltan Kodály's Symphony, dedicated to Arturo Toscanini, at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.

1962 - Ringo Starr was picked to replace Pete Best as the drummer for the Beatles.

1966 - The Monkees' first single, Last Train to Clarksville, was released.

1973 - First performance of Bernstein's Dybbuk Variations, in Auckland, New Zealand, conducted by the composer. Hear music from the ballet here.

1977 - Elvis Presley died at the age of 42 in Memphis, TN.
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While working in the studio is important, Ms. Juillet has manintained a strong concert schedule as well in which she plays standard as well as championing new works.  She gave the first public performance of Berthold Goldschmidt's Violin Concerto at the Festival de Radio France et de Montpellier, with the Orchestre National de France and Charles Dutoit. (Goldschmidt dedicated the work to her after the performance)  Goldschmidt later wrote Rondeau, a work for violin and orchestra, for her.  1997 Chantal Juillet premiered Andre Prevost's Violin Concerto, written for her and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In August 2000 she premiered Richard Danielpour's Violin Concerto,

In 2001 Ms Juillet was named Head of Chamber Music for the annual Pacific Music Festival, in Sapporo, Japan. She also premiered Lowell Liebermann's Violin Concerto, which was written for her and the Philadelphia Orchestra, at Saratoga. Miss Juillet gave the North American premiere of James MacMillan's A Deep but Dazzling Darkness in August 2003.