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Faculty Recitals by Alan Morrison and Seymour Lipkin Jan 15 & 16

Renowned Curtis Faculty Present an Extraordinary Weekend of Music

Alan Morrison Organ Recital January 15
Seymour Lipkin All-Beethoven Piano Recital January 16

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(January 7, 2011) Enjoy an extraordinary weekend of music when two distinguished Curtis faculty members give recitals on January 15 and 16. Admission for both is free and tickets are not required.

Alan Morrison, one of the most sought-after American concert organists, performs on Saturday, January 15 at 8 p.m. in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Inspired by the all-school project focusing on Paris between the wars, Alan Morrison plays works from the period--as well as the music that influenced and came out of it. Pieces by French composers Marcel Dupré, Maurice Duruflé, Cesar Franck, Charles-Marie Widor, and Henri Mulet are featured alongside American works: Toccata by Anne Wilson, Mountain Music by Harold Stover, and the virtuosic Pageant by Leo Sowerby.

Mr. Morrison holds the Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies at Curtis, where he joined the faculty in 2002. He has performed throughout the United States in Alice Tully, Jacoby, Verizon, Benaroya, and Spivey halls; Meyerson Symphony Center; Jack Singer Concert Hall; the Crystal Cathedral; National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.; and at colleges, cathedrals, and churches throughout North America, Europe, and Brazil. He has been a featured artist for four national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and won first prize in both the Mader (Calif.) and Poister (N.Y.) National Organ Competitions, as well as the silver medal at the 1994 Calgary International Organ Festival.

Seymour Lipkin celebrates his forty-first year on the Curtis faculty with an all-Beethoven recital on Sunday, January 16 at 3 p.m. in Field Concert Hall at Curtis.

The program includes the monumental "Hammerklavier" Sonata, Op. 106. American Record Guide called his recording of this work "the most commanding performance I have yet heard of it. Lipkin's handling of the fugue is stupendous--concentrated, uncompromising, and thrilling." Mr. Lipkin also performs Beethoven's Fantasy in G minor, Op. 77; Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78 and Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2.

Mr. Lipkin has earned particular acclaim for his Beethoven cycles, which have encompassed not only the thirty-two piano sonatas and five concertos, but the ten violin sonatas and five cello sonatas as well. His recording of the piano sonatas was released on the Newport Classic label in 2004. That recording was chosen as one of the top ten picks of that year by the Boston Globe. He recently recorded the major works of Schubert, including the complete piano sonatas. Mr. Lipkin is on the major piano faculty at the Juilliard School and is the artistic director of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine. Visit his website at

Faculty Recital: Alan Morrison, organ ('91)
Saturday, January 15 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

DUPRÉ Prélude and Fugue in B major, Op. 7, No. 1
DURUFLÉ Scherzo, Op. 2
WIDOR Andante sostenuto from Symphonie gothique, Op. 70
FRANCK Fantaisie in A major from Trois pièces
MULET "Tu es petra ..." from Esquisses byzantines
WILSON Toccata
STOVER Mountain Music

Free; no tickets required.


Faculty Recital: Seymour Lipkin, piano ('47)
Sunday, January 16 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

BEETHOVEN Fantasy in G minor, Op. 77
  Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78
  Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 ("Hammerklavier")

Free; no tickets required.


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