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Faculty Recital: Peter Wiley Performs Beethoven Sonatas and Variations Feb 25 and 26

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(February 21, 2012) Curtis faculty member Peter Wiley and alumna Anna Polonsky perform the complete Beethoven sonatas and variations for cello and piano over two concerts on Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 26 at 3 p.m.

A founding member of OPUS ONE, Peter Wiley succeeded his teacher, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri String Quartet. Anna Polonsky, a 1999 graduate of Curtis, is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician and has collaborated with ensembles like the Guarneri, Orion, and Shanghai Quartets and with musicians like Richard Goode, David Shifrin, and Mistuko Uchida.

Over two recitals, they explore Beethoven's works for cello and piano, including all five sonatas and variations on themes from Handel's Judas Maccabeus and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. The performance takes place in Field Concert Hall at Curtis, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Admission is free and no tickets are required.

Peter Wiley, a 1974 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, entered the school at age thirteen. After one year with the Pittsburgh Symphony, he was named principal cello of the Cincinnati Symphony at age twenty. With the Beaux Arts Trio from 1987 to 1998, Mr. Wiley has played at leading festivals, including the Marlboro Music Festival, for which he also tours and records. In 1986 he made his concerto debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra conducted by Alexander Schneider. As a recitalist he has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Wiley teaches at the University of Maryland and Bard College Conservatory of Music and joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1996.

Anna Polonsky has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, Buffalo Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, and many others. She is regularly invited to perform chamber music at festivals such as Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, Bard, and Caramoor, as well as at Bargemusic in New York City. A 1999 Curtis graduate, she received the the 2003 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, and of the 2011 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. With violist Michael Tree and clarinetist Anthony McGill, she is a member of the Schumann Trio and also collaborates in a two-piano duo with her husband, pianist Orion Weiss. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College. She is a Steinway Artist.

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.


Faculty Recital: Peter Wiley, cello, with Anna Polonksy, piano
Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

BEETHOVEN  Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5, No. 1
  Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No. 1
  Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102, No. 2

Variations on "See the conqu'ring hero comes"
from Handel's Judas Maccabeus, WoO 45

Free; no tickets required.


Faculty Recital: Peter Wiley, cello, with Anna Polonksy, piano
Sunday, February 26 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

BEETHOVEN  Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2
  Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
  Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen"
from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Op. 66
  Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen"
from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Op. 66

Free; no tickets required.

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