Alan Gilbert, director of conducting and orchestral studies at Juilliard, music director of the New York Philharmonic, and an alumnus of the School, conducts the traditional Juilliard Commencement Concert on Thursday, May 21, 2015, the night before Juilliard’s 110th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2015. This will be Mr. Gilbert’s only appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra this season. The program features Strauss’ first important work, Don Juan, Op. 20, whose inspiration for Don Juan came from Nikolaus Lenau’s German verse play (left unfinished at his death) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92.