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Curtis On Tour Kicks Off in Philadelphia Feb 26

Program Features Barber's String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11, in Honor of the Hundredth Birthday of the Celebrated Curtis Alumnus 

Tomorrow's leading musicians perform alongside the celebrated alumni and faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music when Curtis On Tour begins its 2010 journey. Each season Curtis On Tour brings the extraordinary artistry of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music to audiences nationwide and abroad.

Violinist Ida Kavafian and cellist Peter Wiley ('74), both faculty members, appear with Curtis students during the 2009-10 tour, which kicks off Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m. in Field Concert Hall. The concert is free and no tickets are required. Field Concert Hall is located inside the Curtis Institute of Music at 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia.

In honor of the hundredth birthday of celebrated Curtis alumnus Samuel Barber ('34), the program features Barber's String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11--the slow movement of which is the source of his popular Adagio for Strings. Also included are Dvořák's Piano Quintet No. 2 and world premieres of miniatures commissioned for the tour from composition students Chris Rogerson and Daniel Shapiro.

Following the February 26 performance, the Curtis On Tour ensemble will travel across the country in February and March, performing in venues ranging from Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, to the Ravinia Festival in Illinois, to the Mondavi Center for the Arts at the University of California, Davis. Other stops on the tour include Detroit; Seattle; and Rockport and Orono, Maine. A complete listing of tour performances, dates, and venues follows.

On March 10 Curtis On Tour travels to New York City for a performance in the Allen Room in Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center. Concert tickets are available beginning February 10 at (212) 721-6500 or "Curtis On Tour in New York," a preconcert celebration dinner benefiting the Curtis Institute of Music, is sponsored by Glenmede and Blank Rome LLP. The event is chaired by Time for Three, the groundbreaking, category-shattering trio made up of Curtis alumni Zachary De Pue, Nicolas Kendall, and Ranaan Meyer. Proceeds benefit the Curtis Institute of Music.

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, Leila Josefowicz, Lang Lang, and Time for Three. One of the world's leading music schools, Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 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.



Ida Kavafian and Benjamin Beilman, violins
Hyo Bi Sim, viola
Peter Wiley, cello ('74)
Yekwon Sunwoo, piano

BARBER String Quartet, Op. 11
ROGERSON Lullaby: no bad dreams (world premiere)
SHAPIRO Sonata for Viola and Piano (world premiere)
DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet No. 2

Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Free; no tickets required.

Sunday, February 28 at 7 p.m.
The Music Box, Detroit, Mich.
Presented by the Detroit Symphony
Ticket information at (313) 576-5111 or

Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The Henry Chapel, The Highlands, Seattle
Presented by the Henry Chapel
For ticket information, email with the subject line "Curtis at Henry Chape" or call (347) 527-2162.

Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 7 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

Wednesday, March 10 at 8 p.m.
Allen Room in Frederick P. Rose Hall
Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City
Ticket information at (215) 893-7902; or (after February 10) at (212) 721-6500 or

Curtis On Tour in New York Celebration Dinner: Preconcert cocktails and dinner, plus premium concert tickets. Proceeds benefit the Curtis Institute of Music. Tickets and information available from the Development Office at (215) 893-5279 or Sponsored by Glenmede and Blank Rome LLP.

Saturday, March 13 at 8 p.m.
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa.
Presented by Longwood Gardens
Ticket information at (610) 388-1000 ext. 100 or

Friday, March 19 at 8 p.m.
Minsky Recital Hall, Orono, Me.
Presented by Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Ticket information at (800) 622-TIXX or

Saturday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
Rockport Opera House, Rockport, Me.
Presented by Bay Chamber Concerts
Ticket information at (207) 236-2823 or

Friday, March 26 at 8 p.m.
Bennett Gordon Hall, Highland Park, Ill.
Presented by the Ravinia Festival
Ticket information at (847) 266-5100 or


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