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Alumni Recital Series Presents the Spano-Coucheron-Rex Trio Oct 17

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concertmaster David Coucheron ('05) and principal cello Christopher Rex ('72) join music director Robert Spano ('85)

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(October 1, 2010) Three noted Curtis alumni from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra come north to offer a chamber music evening assembled especially for the Alumni Recital Series on Sunday, October 17 at 8 p.m. ASO Music Director Robert Spano is joined by David Coucheron, the ASO's new concertmaster, and longtime ASO principal cello Christopher Rex in works by Chopin, Kodály, and Beethoven.

The recital takes place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are $28 and 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.

The Spano-Coucheron-Rex recital is the first of four 2010–11 Alumni Recital Series performances. Subscriptions to the entire season—which includes recitals by contralto Meredith Arwady, violist Michael Tree, and pianist Yuja Wang—are $95 and are available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or

Robert Spano is recognized as one of the brightest and most imaginative conductors of his generation. Now in his ninth season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he has enriched and expanded its repertoire through his characteristically innovative programming, and elevated the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim. Although well known as a conductor, he is also an accomplished pianist, often performing chamber music with his colleagues from the Atlanta Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Oberlin Conservatory. Mr. Spano is a 1985 graduate of Curtis, where he studied with Max Rudolf in the conducting program. Learn more about Robert Spano.

David Coucheron was appointed concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra when he was only twenty-five, making him one of the youngest concertmasters of any major orchestra in the United States. He has worked with conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich, David Zinman, Roger Norrington, Simone Young, and Charles Dutoit, and performed as a soloist with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Maxim Vengerov conducting), Sendai Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Coucheron studied with Aaron Rosand at Curtis and graduated in 2005. Learn more about David Coucheron.

Christopher Rex joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as principal cello in 1979, the same year he became the first cellist to win the string prize in the biennial Young Artists Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Since then he has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician across the nation. Mr. Rex's most recent solo performances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra include Strauss's Don Quixote and concertos by Shostakovich, Victor Herbert, Dvorák, and Elgar. He is a founding member of the Georgian Chamber Players and also founded the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival in Florida, where he is the general and artistic director. He is a 1972 graduate of Curtis, where he studied with Orlando Cole. Learn more about Christopher Rex.

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 164 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, and Lang Lang.

Alumni Recital Series: Spano-Coucheron-Rex Trio
Sunday, October 17 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

David Coucheron, violin ('05)
Robert Spano, piano (Conducting '85)
Christopher Rex, cello ('72)

CHOPIN Sonata in G minor, Op. 65
KODÁLY Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
BEETHOVEN Trio in C minor, No. 3, Op. 1

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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