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Juliette Kang and Friends Perform November 22 on the Alumni Recital Series

With Thomas Kraines, Cello ('92), and Natalie Zhu, Piano ('97)

The Curtis Alumni Recital Series presents violinist Juliette Kang, first associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra and a 1991 Curtis graduate, in concert on Sunday, November 22 at 3 p.m. Winner of the 1994 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and the 1992 Menuhin Competition, Ms. Kang performs works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Toch, and Bartók. She is joined by cellist Thomas Kraines ('92) and pianist Natalie Zhu ('97). The recital takes place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia.

Single tickets are $28 and four-recital subscriptions are $95; both are available from the Curtis Ticket Office at 215-893-7902 or All artists on the Alumni Recital Series donate their services, and proceeds benefit current Curtis students.

A native of Canada, Juliette Kang enjoys a varied and active career. Her solo engagements have included the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas; l'Orchestre National de France conducted by Yehudi Menuhin; the Baltimore, Omaha, and Syracuse symphonies; and every major orchestra in Canada. As a chamber musician, she has attended numerous festivals, including Bravo! Vail Valley, Marlboro, Moab (Utah), Skaneateles (New York), and Spoleto USA. In New York she has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at the Mostly Mozart Festival with her cellist husband Thomas Kraines, and at the Bard Music Festival. In 2003 she was appointed assistant concertmaster of the Boston Symphony, after two seasons with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2005.

Ms. Kang was a winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists Auditions and made her highly acclaimed New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series at the age of sixteen. As gold medalist of the 1994 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, she was presented at Carnegie Hall in a recital that was recorded live and released on the Samsung/Nices label. She has also recorded two discs for CBC Records, one of which features the Schumann Violin Concerto with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Kang entered the Curtis Institute of Music at age nine and studied with Jascha Brodsky, earning a bachelor's degree. She earned a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School,
under the tutelage of Dorothy Delay and Robert Mann.

The Alumni Recital Series, coordinated by the Alumni Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Alumni and Parent Relations Office, supports the next generation of Curtis musicians. Artists donate their services, and each year Society members work directly with Curtis to decide how proceeds from the recital series can be most beneficial to the students. In recent years contributions have been made toward the purchase of student tickets to Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, acquisitions for the library, the student travel fund, and instrument repairs.

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.

Alumni Recital Series: Juliette Kang and Friends
Sunday, November 22 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Juliette Kang, violin ('91)
Thomas Kraines, cello ('92)
Natalie Zhu, piano ('97)

SCHUBERT                  Sonata in A minor, D. 385
MENDELSSOHN           Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49
TOCH                          Divertimento, Op. 37 No. 1
BARTÓK                      Sonata for Solo Violin


Subscriptions for four Alumni Recital Series performances: $95; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or

Single tickets: $28; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or All artists donate their services, and proceeds benefit current Curtis students.

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