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Robert Spano Conducts the Curtis Symphony Orchestra February 7

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Jennifer Montone Performs Penderecki's Horn Concerto

Robert Spano leads the exuberant young musicians of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. Music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a Curtis graduate, Mr. Spano conducts Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 ("Romantische"); and Penderecki's Horn Concerto with soloist Jennifer Montone, principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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.

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra has been called "an orchestra that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensemble" (Philadelphia Inquirer) and has been praised for its "otherworldly ensemble and professional level of sophistication" (New York Times). 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.

Robert Spano is among the most innovative and imaginative conductors of his generation. Now in his eighth season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he has enriched its repertoire and elevated it to greater prominence. He has conducted the major orchestras of North America, including those in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Abroad he has led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala (Milan), Czech Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Sinfonie Orchestra, BBC Scottish and BBC Symphony Orchestras, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, and Oslo Philharmonic, among others.

In celebration of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's sixty-fifth anniversary season, and as part of his ongoing commitment to nurture and champion new works, Mr. Spano leads the orchestra in five world premieres by Dejan Lazic, Angel Lam, Wynton Marsalis, Jennifer Higdon, and Michael Gandolfi during the 2009-10 season. He also conducts the Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Seattle, Saint Louis, and Toronto symphony orchestras; BBC Symphony Orchestra; and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, giving the UK premiere of Jukka Tiensuu's False Memories. He will participate in the Aspen Music Festival and conduct Verdi's Otello at the Cincinnati Opera. Last year Mr. Spano received an honorary doctorate in music from Emory University, a distinction awarded to him for his groundbreaking initiatives and commitment to the advancement of music.

Jennifer Montone joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as principal horn in September 2006. She is on the faculty of both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. She was principal horn of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2006 and associate principal horn of the Dallas Symphony from 2000 to 2003. While in Dallas, she was an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University. Ms. Montone has also been a faculty performer at the Aspen Music Festival and School for the past six summers. Named the Paxman Young Horn Player of the Year in London in 1996, she has since won many solo competitions and awards throughout the United States, and was awarded a prestigious Avery Fischer Career Grant in 2006.

Ms. Montone has performed as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and Bellingham Festival Orchestra, among others. In 2008 she made her New York City recital debut in the Weill Concert Hall at Carnegie Hall. She will perform the Penderecki Horn Concerto again with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra this spring.

Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m.

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Robert Spano, conductor ('85)
Jennifer Montone, horn

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
PENDERECKI Horn Concerto
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4 ("Romantische")

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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