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Samuel Barber at 100: Dolce Suono Guest Recital

Dolce Suono Ensemble Performs Music by Barber and Other Curtis-Trained Composers as a Prelude to the Illustrious Composer's Centenary

The Dolce Suono Ensemble visits Curtis for an afternoon of music by Samuel Barber, his contemporaries, and his successors, in honor of the celebrated composer's hundredth birthday. "Samuel Barber at 100--the Composer and His World" takes place on Sunday, January 17 at 3 p.m. in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia.

An ensemble including Curtis alumni perform Summer Music and Capricorn Concerto by Barber ('34); Trio for Flute, Violoncello, and Piano by Ned Rorem ('44); Autumn Music by Jennifer Higdon ('88); and Haiku Catharsis by David Ludwig ('01). The concert is free and no tickets are required.

This recital is part of a two-concert project organized by the Dolce Suono Chamber Music Concert Series. The second concert and panel discussion takes place on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Philadelphia's First Unitarian Church, featuring the Dolce Suono Ensemble with guest pianist and speaker Charles Wadsworth. This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

One of the most important American composers of the last century, Samuel Barber was born on March 9, 1910, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He came from a musical family and was among the first students to enter the Curtis Institute of Music when it opened in 1924. It was while studying at Curtis that he met his future collaborator and life-partner, opera composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti ('33). Even before his graduation from Curtis in 1934, Barber's works were played by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Leopold Stokowski. He soon established himself within America's classical community, winning the favor of such important artists as Koussevitzky and Horowitz. His numerous honors include two Pulitzer Prizes, the Rome Prize, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Dolce Suono Chamber Music Concert Series has been dazzling audiences and invigorating the music world since its founding by flutist and artistic director Mimi Stillman in 2005. With a core of artists drawn from Philadelphia's premier musical institutions--Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania--Dolce Suono presents concerts in Philadelphia and throughout the region, and forms educational outreach partnerships with Philadelphia public schools. Dolce Suono's engaging programming encompasses Baroque to contemporary music, and its active commissioning program has led to fourteen world premieres in five seasons. For more information, visit

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.

Guest Recital: Dolce Suono Ensemble's
"Samuel Barber at 100--The Composer and His World"

Sunday, January 17 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Mimi Stillman, flute ('99)
Geoffrey Deemer, oboe ('01)
Samuel Caviezel, clarinet ('96)
Paul Demers, bass clarinet
Michelle Rosen, bassoon ('96)
Shelley Showers, horn ('85)
Jeffrey Curnow, trumpet
Hirono Oka, violin ('82)
Burchard Tang, viola ('99)
Yumi Kendall, cello ('04)
Charles Abramovic, piano ('76)
Gabe Globus-Hoenich, percussion ('08)

BARBER          Summer Music
                      Capricorn Concerto
ROREM           Trio for Flute, Violoncello, and Piano
HIGDON         Autumn Music
LUDWIG         Haiku Catharsis

Free; no tickets required.

This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

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