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New Season of "On Stage at Curtis" Airs in High Definition on Channel 12

Season Begins October 3

First Broadcast Features Renowned Baritone Thomas Hampson Coaching Curtis Students

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(September 13, 2010) Hear the legends of tomorrow in recital at the Curtis Institute of Music when the new season of On Stage at Curtis begins October 3. For the first time, On Stage at Curtis will air regularly on WHYY-TV (Channel 12) in addition to the digital channel Y Arts. The new season also marks the first time recitals will be broadcast in high definition. Experience student recitals by today’s finest young classical musicians on the stage of Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music.

The season opens Sunday, October 3 at 6 p.m. with an intimate look at a master artist working with young musicians. Thomas Hampson, one of today’s most respected and sought-after baritones, visits Curtis to coach four young singers in pieces by Barber, Britten, Schubert, and Donizetti. Other season highlights include graduation recitals by cello, viola, flute, and bassoon students and guest appearances by celebrated chamber ensembles OPUS ONE and eighth blackbird, performing alongside Curtis students. View the weekly schedule online.

On Stage at Curtis airs Sundays at 6 p.m. on WHYY-TV (Channel 12). The programs are repeated on Y Arts (digital channel 12.2, Comcast Channel 257, FiOS 474) on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays at 9 p.m. Highlights will be available for streaming at and through Curtis’s YouTube channel.

Robotic video cameras installed in Field Concert Hall record more than one hundred student recitals every year, and WHYY selects some of the finest for broadcast each season. A gift from the Joseph and Marie Field Foundation funded the acquisition and installation of the cameras and related video equipment.

WHYY-TV will launch its new season of local programming with episodes of Friday Arts, On Canvas, and On Stage at Curtis beginning Friday, October 1. A preview of the upcoming season will be shown at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29 after WHYY-TV broadcasts The Tenth Inning, Ken Burns’ follow-up to his Baseball documentary. For broadcast times of all the programs, visit

WHYY is the Philadelphia region’s prime public media service, providing news when you need it, entertainment when you want it, and education when it counts—on TV, radio, the web, mobile devices, and in the community.

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 164 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, and Lang Lang.

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