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Curtis On Tour Begins March 14 in Philadelphia

Curtis On Tour Brings the Extraordinary Artistry of Curtis Musicians to Audiences Nationwide

Piano faculty member Ignat Solzhenitsyn ('95) performs alongside Curtis students in the world premiere of Daron Hagen's ('84)
Book of Days

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(March 11, 2011) Curtis On Tour begins a cross-country journey in Philadelphia on Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m. at the Curtis Institute of Music. Each season Curtis On Tour brings the extraordinary artistry of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music to audiences nationwide, with tomorrow's leading musicians performing alongside celebrated alumni and faculty.

Piano faculty member Ignat Solzhenitsyn ('95) performs alongside Curtis students Kelly Coyle, clarinet, and Ayane Kozasa, viola, in the world premiere of Daron Hagen's ('84) Book of Days, a piece commissioned for the 2011 tour. Other offerings include works by Brahms and Kurtág and one of Mozart's beloved chamber compositions, the "Kegelstatt" Trio. The recital is free and takes place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street.

After the March 14 Philadelphia recital, the ensemble travels across the country in March and April, performing in venues ranging from Le Poisson Rouge in New York City to the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Other stops include Davis, Calif.; Seattle; Rockport, Me.; Lexington, Va.; and Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. A complete listing of tour performances, dates, and venues follows.

Curtis On Tour embodies the remarkable traditions of Curtis, where individually tailored study with a faculty of leading musicians has nurtured a long line of great performers, from such legends as Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang. One of the world's leading music schools, Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 164 students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. Students at this intimate, Philadelphia-based conservatory "learn by doing," performing frequently and often collaborating side-by-side with their teachers. Curtis On Tour embodies this irresistible meeting of youthful exuberance and seasoned artistry.

Curtis On Tour 2011
Kelly Coyle, clarinet
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

KURTÁG Hommage à R. Sch., Op. 15d
BRAHMS    Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1
  Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120, No. 2
HAGEN Book of Days (world premiere March 14)
MOZART Trio in E-flat major, K. 498 ("Kegelstatt")


Tour performances:

Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall
Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Free; no tickets required.

Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m.
Mondavi Center, Davis, Calif.
Presented by the Mondavi Center for the Arts, University of California, Davis
Ticket information at (530) 754-ARTS or

Tuesday, March 22 at 8 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Performing Arts Center, San Francisco
Presented by San Francisco Performances
Ticket information at (415) 392-2545 or

Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m.
The Henry Chapel, The Highlands, Seattle
Presented by the Henry Chapel
Ticket information from (Re: "Curtis at Henry Chapel") or call (917) 941-3486

Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Robertson & Sons Recital Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.
Presented by Robertson & Sons Violin Shop
Ticket information at (505) 889-2999 or

Sunday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Rockport Opera House, Rockport, Me.
Presented by Bay Chamber Concerts
Ticket information at (207) 236-2823 or

Tuesday, March 29 at 8 p.m.
Lenfest Center for the Arts, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.
Presented by Washington and Lee University
Ticket information at (540) 458-8000 or

Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m.
Longwood Gardens Ballroom, Kennett Square, Pa.
Presented by Longwood Gardens
Ticket information at (610) 388-1000 or

Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m
Le Poisson Rouge, New York, N.Y.
Ticket information at (212) 505-FISH or


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