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Giancarlo Guerrero Conducts the Curtis Symphony Orchestra April 24

John Relyea ('96) performs Musorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death

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The Curtis Symphony Orchestra brings its "otherworldly ensemble and professional level of sophistication" (New York Times) to Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center on Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m. Giancarlo Guerrero, music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, leads acclaimed bass-baritone John Relyea in Musorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death. The program also includes Barber's Symphony No. 1, Ligeti's Atmosphères, and Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra.

Tickets are $5 to $36 and are available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and through Ticket Philadelphia at 215-893-1999 or The concert is part of the 2009-10 series of Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts and is presented by PNC.

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, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. 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.

This season marks Giancarlo Guerrero's first as music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. A champion of new music, he has collaborated with and promoted the music of America's most respected composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty, and Roberto Sierra. A new CD of music by Michael Daugherty, with the Nashville Symphony, was released last fall.

Mr. Guerrero's guest-conducting engagements this season include appearances with the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, New Jersey and Fort Worth, and the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa. He also conducted the symphony orchestras of Vancouver and Edmonton in the fall and will lead the Slovenska Filharmonija this spring.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Guerrero recently made two important debuts abroad: his European debut with the Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Portugal, and his United Kingdom debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has also made successful debuts with several major American orchestras, including the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras; Baltimore, Dallas, and Seattle symphony orchestras; and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

Mr. Guerrero was most recently the music director of the Eugene Symphony. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Guerrero served as associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, leading the world premiere of John Corigliano's Phantasmagoria on the Ghosts of Versailles. He has also served as music director of the Táchira Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.

Curtis alumnus John Relyea continues to distinguish himself as one of today's finest bass-baritones, and he has appeared in many of the world's most celebrated opera houses, including the Metropolitan, San Francisco, Seattle, and Paris operas; Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Munich and Vienna state operas; and the Mariinsky Theater. His roles include the title roles in Le nozze di Figaro, Bluebeard's Castle, and Aleko; Méphistophélès in La Damnation de Faust, the Four Villains in Les contes d'Hoffman, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Giorgio in I puritani, Escamillo in Carmen, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, Colline in La Bohème, Marke in Tristan und Isolde, Caspar in Der Freischütz, Banquo in Macbeth, Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia, and Garibaldo in Rodelinda.

Mr. Relyea also appears regularly with the Cleveland, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Philharmonia, and Scottish Chamber orchestras; Atlanta, Boston, La Monnaie, Montreal, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras; Berlin, Israel, and New York philharmonics; MET Chamber Ensemble; and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Blossom, Vail, Lanaudiere, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Lucerne, and Mostly Mozart festivals, as well as the BBC Proms.

This season Mr. Relyea makes his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in La Damnation de Faust, and he returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Le nozze di Figaro and the San Francisco Opera as Méphistophélès in Faust. Mr. Relyea is the winner of the 2009 Beverly Sills Award and the 2003 Richard Tucker award.

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 160 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, Leila Josefowicz, Lang Lang, and Time for Three.

Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m.

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
John Relyea, bass-baritone ('96)

BARBER Symphony No. 1
MUSORGSKY Songs and Dances of Death
LIGETI Atmosphères
R. STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra

Single tickets: $5, $12, $15, $25, $36; available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or

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