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Cellist Gary Hoffman Concludes Curtis Residency with Free Performance March 7

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(February 29, 2012) Renowned cellist Gary Hoffman concludes his Curtis Institute of Music residency on Wednesday, March 7 at 8 p.m. with a performance on the school's acclaimed Student Recital Series. The recital features cello sonatas by Samuel Barber and George Crumb and Brahms's Sextet No. 2 in G major, with Mr. Hoffman performing alongside Curtis students. The concert is free--no tickets required--and takes place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia.

Gary Hoffman achieved international renown following his victory as the first American to win the Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris in 1986. He has appeared as soloist with the world's leading orchestras, including those of Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, London, Montréal, Toronto, and San Francisco, collaborating with such celebrated conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Kent Nagano, André Previn, and Mstislav Rostropovich.

Curtis frequently hosts residencies by world-renowned artists, who work with students in master classes and chamber music coachings. Other artists-in-residence during the 2011-12 season include composer George Crumb, the Johannes Quartet, and the PRISM Quartet.

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 163 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 Jonathan Biss, Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.

Gary Hoffman Residency Recital
Wednesday, March 7 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

BARBER Sonata, Op. 6
BRAHMS  Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
CRUMB Sonata for Solo Cello

Free; no tickets required.

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