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OPUS ONE in Recital at Curtis November 2, 6, and 7

As part of a Curtis residency, OPUS ONE coaches and performs with students

Curtis students perform alongside some of the world's most prestigious chamber musicians the week of November 2 as part of OPUS ONE's Curtis residency.

The members of OPUS ONE--pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian, violist Steven Tenenbom, and cellist Peter Wiley--coach and perform with Curtis students, culminating in free recitals on Monday, November 2 and Friday, November 6; both begin at 8 p.m. The week finishes with a recital on Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m., featuring OPUS ONE alone. All three recitals take place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia, and no tickets are required.

Anticipating the Schumann bicentenary in 2010, the performances feature the composer's three String Quartets, Op. 41; Andante and Variations, Op. 46; Piano Quintet, Op. 44; and Piano Quartet, Op. 47. OPUS ONE will also perform two works co-commissioned with Music from Angel Fire from George Tsontakis and Marc Neikrug.

Veterans and present members of the world's most prestigious chamber groups--including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Tashi, the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Orion and Guarneri string quartets--OPUS ONE is the result of a mutual love of music-making among four extraordinary instrumentalists and friends. As soloists and chamber musicians, they are familiar figures in concert halls throughout the world. They have a close association with Curtis as well; Steven Tenenbom and Peter Wiley are Curtis graduates and faculty members, and Ida Kavafian is a faculty member.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 160 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, Leila Josefowicz, Lang Lang, and Time for Three.


OPUS ONE in recital with Curtis students
Monday, November 2 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music
1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

SCHUMANN       String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1
                         String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2
                         String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3

Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

SCHUMANN     Andante and Variations, Op. 46
TSONTAKIS     Piano Quartet No. 3 (2005)
SCHUMANN     Piano Quintet, Op. 44


Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

SCHUMANN        Märchenbilder, Op. 113
NEIKRUG            "Green Torso" for Piano Quartet (2007)
SCHUMANN        Piano Quartet, Op. 47

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