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Miguel Harth-Bedoya Conducts the Curtis Symphony Orchestra February 12

Program features piano soloist Leon McCawley ('95) in Bernstein's Symphony No. 2 ("The Age of Anxiety")

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(January 27, 2012) Miguel Harth-Bedoya ('91) leads the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, "an orchestra that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensemble" (Philadelphia Inquirer), at the Kimmel Center on Sunday, February 12 at 8 p.m.

Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Harth-Bedoya conducts the orchestra with distinguished British pianist Leon McCawley ('95) in Bernstein's Symphony No. 2 ("The Age of Anxiety"). The program also includes Prokofiev's mercurial, soaring wartime Symphony No. 5 and Curtis faculty member Richard Danielpour's Toward the Splendid City, which Mr. Harth-Bedoya premiered with the New York Philharmonic in 1993.

The concert is part of Curtis's 2011–12 Appassionato season, which features bold programming, enriched curriculum offerings, and special events that herald Curtis's enduring influence on music in Philadelphia and the world. As part of the season, each orchestra program in Verizon Hall features a work by a member of the Curtis composition faculty led by a conducting student. For the February 12 concert, Vinay Parameswaran will conduct Danielpour's Toward the Splendid City.

Tickets are $5 to $45 and are available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or Sponsored by Blank Rome, the concert is part of the 2011-12 series of Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts.

Peruvian-born Miguel Harth-Bedoya has appeared with the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, National, Seattle, and St. Louis symphonies; Cleveland, Minnesota, and Philadelphia orchestras; Los Angeles and New York philharmonics; and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Internationally, his engagements have included the BBC London, BBC Scottish, Berlin, City of Birmingham, Montreal, Sydney, and Toronto symphonies; Dresden, Helsinki, London, Munich philharmonics; Zurich Tonhalle; and Orchestre de Paris. Prior to his Fort Worth tenure, he served as music director of the Auckland and Lima philharmonics, Eugene (Ore.) Symphony, Norwalk (Conn.) and New York youth symphonies; and on the conducting staffs of the Los Angeles and the New York philharmonics.

English pianist Leon McCawley, professor of piano at London's Royal College of Music, leapt into prominence when he won first prize in the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna and second prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1993. Since then Mr. McCawley has given highly acclaimed recitals in London, New York, Prague, Berlin, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Vienna. Mr. McCawley performs frequently with leading British orchestras, including the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London and Royal philharmonics, City of Birmingham Symphony, and the Hallé and Ulster orchestras, as well as the Adelaide, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Vienna symphonies; Minnesota and Philadelphia orchestras; and Malaysian and Netherlands philharmonics. He has performed several times at the BBC Proms, and his recitals are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3.

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra has been praised for its "otherworldly ensemble and professional level of sophistication" (New York Times). The orchestra presents three concerts annually under the direction of eminent conductors in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, and in 2012 travels to Germany to open the Dresden Festival. Recent visiting conductors include Charles Dutoit, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas. This professional training, under the direction of Otto-Werner Mueller and David Hayes, has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in America's leading orchestras, as well as ensembles around the world.

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.


Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Sunday, February 12 at 8 p.m.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor ('91)
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Leon McCawley, piano ('95)

DANIELPOUR  Toward the Splendid City
BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 2 ("The Age of Anxiety")
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100

Tickets: $5, $16, $22, $33, $45; available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or

Sponsored by Blank Rome

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