ART: How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Jordan Juliano Knows the Answer
Familiar with the saying: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” Jordan Juliano gets it, whether mastering a dance move (which is how I met this young talent in summer 2007 with his mom) or preparing for his role in Brooklyn-based Purelement’s Rhythm Stories. “As a teacher, the most rewarding part of watching them on stage is knowing that they’ve overcome the exhaustion, constant feedback and having to balance their school lives, families and social lives,” Purelements Program Manager Dina Wright Joseph said after February’s show. “And, knowing that they’re feeling successful presenting something they really love and a story about them that celebrates them without any apologies.”
At 15, Jordan Juliano is on the right track to realizing his goals as a performer. He sings, he dances, he even raps and hones songwriting skills when inspired. The vocal major at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts is pursuing a musical theater career, and already shared his love of the arts with audiences on Broadway and Carnegie Hall. This month, Jordan returns to Carnegie Hall for the March 10 performance of Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos, an oratorio telling the story of the Passion of Christ. With texts in Spanish, Latin and Aramaic, high school singers from throughout New York City will join members of the Venezuelan chorus on stage.
Jordan reflects on his Rhythm Stories experience proudly. ” I was really excited for this event because I feel that I have the courage to show others the honest truth about our heritage and culture,” says Jordan, who enjoys trips to California, Radio City Music Hall, Dave & Busters and the gaming mecca, Nintendo World. “I had to practice and train a lot for many long hours. It was difficult, but I didn’t let that stop me from doing what I love. So, I had to balance it out. If you’re singing, dancing and acting at the same time like me, that’s what I call a hard worker.” His technique leading up to a performance: “I first settle myself. I try to be calm and ready,” the teen says. “I give joy and excitement to the audience. I think the audience will feel the same way.”
Summer promises to shape up nicely with Jordan looking forward to a few things, in particular. “Performances, as well as rehearsals, family, movies, friends and maybe a job,” he says with a smile, mentioning Michael Jackson and Eminem as great artists capable of bringing “a lot of excitement to people.”
Carnegie Hall: http://www.carnegiehall.org/
La Pasion segun San Marcos concert tickets: http://www.carnegiehall.org/Tickets/My-Time,-My-Music/
Purelements: An Evolution in Dance: http://purelements.org/