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Christoph Eschenbach Conducts the Curtis Symphony Orchestra April 12

Featuring soloists Di Wu, piano ('05), and Thomas Bloch, ondes Martenot

Organ faculty member Alan Morrison gives preconcert lecture and recital at 7 p.m.; Curtis student gives postconcert performance of an organ work by Messiaen

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(March 24, 2011) Christoph Eschenbach conducts the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in the epic Turangalîla-symphonie by Olivier Messiaen on Tuesday, April 12 at 8 p.m. in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. Soloists Di Wu, piano ('05) and Thomas Bloch, ondes Martenot, join the one hundred-plus young musicians of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra as they perform this monumental work by a titan of the 20th century.

Ticket holders can enjoy recitals of French organ music before and after the concert. Come early at 7 p.m. to hear a lecture and performance on organ pieces by masters who influenced Messiaen's style, presented by Curtis faculty member Alan Morrison. Then stay late to listen to one of Messiaen's own organ works, offered by Curtis student Bryan Anderson.

Tickets are $5 to $40 and are available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or The concert is part of the 2010-11 series of Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts and is presented by PNC.

The performances are presented in conjunction with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), a three-week festival inspired by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, showcasing creativity, collaboration and innovation throughout Philadelphia's artistic and cultural communities. For more information about PIFA programs and partners, go to

In demand as a distinguished guest conductor with the finest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world, Christoph Eschenbach began his tenure as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in September 2010. His previous posts include music directorships of the Philadelphia Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and Ravinia Festival, among other others. Learn more.

Praised in the Wall Street Journal as "a most mature and sensitive pianist," Chinese-born Di Wu continues to enhance her enviable reputation as an elegant yet exciting musician. Highlights of her past season include debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra; at Chicago's Ravinia Festival; at the Cincinnati May Festival; in Germany, with the Hamburg Philharmonic; and in Tokyo, where she appeared as a soloist with orchestra in front of an audience of 11,000. Learn more.

Paris-based Thomas Bloch is a prominent classical soloist specializing in rare instruments such as the ondes Martenot, glass harmonica, and cristal Baschet. His performances range from classical and contemporary music to rock, theatre music, opera, improvisation, film music, world music, and ballet music. He is also a composer and a producer. Learn more.

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra has been called "an orchestra that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensemble" (Philadelphia Inquirer). Recent visiting conductors include Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas. This real-world training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in major orchestras across the United States, Canada, and abroad. Sixteen percent of the principal chairs in America's top twenty-five orchestras are held by Curtis-trained musicians.

Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Tuesday, April 12 at 8 p.m.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia
Presented in collaboration with PIFA, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Di Wu, piano ('05)
Thomas Bloch, ondes Martenot

MESSIAEN Turangalîla-symphonie

Tickets: $5, $16, $19, $29, $40; available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or

Free with ticket purchase:
Preconcert lecture and recital--at 7 p.m. Curtis organ faculty member Alan Morrison will discuss French organ pieces by masters who influenced Messiaen's style.

Postconcert recital--Curtis student Bryan Anderson performs an organ work by Messiaen.

Presented by PNC

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