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Carlos Miguel Prieto Conducts the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at Princeton University's Richardson Auditorium October 12

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(October 2, 2012) The Curtis Symphony Orchestra brings its signature exuberance to Princeton on Friday, October 12 at 8 p.m. with Carlos Miguel Prieto, "the finest Mexican conductor of his generation" (La Jornada, Mexico City) and a graduate of Princeton University. He returns to his alma mater for a performance at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.

Fresh from opening the famed Dresden Music Festival ("They embody passion, precision, and, despite their youth, an already astonishing musical maturity" Deutsche Presse-Agentur), the Curtis Symphony Orchestra performs Strauss's grand tone poem Ein Heldenleben ("A Hero's Life"). The celebrated actor John de Lancie, whose father once headed Curtis, narrates Benjamin Britten's effervescent The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.

The program also includes a glorious Tchaikovsky rarity: Romeo and Juliet, a duet written in tandem with his famous Fantasy-Overture of the same name. Led by conducting student Kensho Watanabe, the piece features soprano Sarah Shafer and tenor Christopher Tiesi from the Curtis Opera Theatre.

Tickets are $30 or $5 for students with ID, general admission seating. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (609) 258-9220 or visit The concert is part of the 2012-13 series of Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts.

The program will also be performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia on Monday, October 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 to $45 and are available from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or

Carlos Miguel Prieto (conductor) is music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in his native Mexico, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in the United States. A staunch proponent of music education, he has served as principal conductor of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas since its inception in 2002, and has performed with this enthusiastic ensemble at the United Nations and the Kennedy Center, as well as touring with them throughout South America and Mexico.

Mr. Prieto is in high demand as a guest conductor. Among his North American guest conducting credits are the Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Jersey, Oregon, Phoenix, San Antonio, Seattle, and Toronto symphony orchestras, as well as every major orchestra in Mexico. Recent debuts have included the New Japan Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and the Netherlands Radio Orchestra.

Mr. Prieto has conducted over 50 world premieres of works by Mexican and American composers. An accomplished violinist, he has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, Interlochen, San Miguel Allende, and Cervantino music festivals. Continuing a family tradition reaching back four generations, he also has performed in Mexico, in the United States, and throughout Europe with the Cuarteto Prieto.

A graduate of Princeton and Harvard, Carlos Miguel Prieto studied conducting with Jorge Mester, Enrique Diemecke, Charles Bruck and Michael Jinbo.

John de Lancie (narrator) is best known for his recurring role as "Q" on the various Star Trek television series. He has also appeared on Torchwood, Breaking Bad, The Unit, Hill Street Blues, West Wing, Shark, Without a Trace, Sports Night, Judging Amy, The Closer, Legend, L.A. Law, Picket Fences, Civil Wars, The Practice, and Touched by an Angel. His film credits include The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Fisher King, Bad Influence, The Onion Field, Taking Care of Business, Fearless, Multiplicity, Women on Top, Nicholas, Good Advise, Patient 14, The Big Time, Reign on Me, Pathology, Games, Teenius, and Crank2.

Mr. de Lancie has been a member of the American Shakespeare Festival, the Seattle Repertory Company, the South Coast Repertory, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Old Globe. He has also produced and acted in several audio dramas based on classic science-fiction stories for the production company Alien Voices, which he founded with Leonard Nimoy.

Mr. de Lancie has performed as narrator with the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics, and the Montreal Symphony, working with conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, and Esa Pekka Salonen. Mr. de Lancie was the host of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's "Symphonies for Youth" and "First Nights" series. Among the operas he has directed are Tosca and Cold Sassy Tree in Atlanta and Madama Butterfly in San Antonio.

Mr. de Lancie was born in Philadelphia, the son of Andrea and John de Lancie ('40), who directed Curtis from 1977 to 1985 and was principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The younger Mr. de Lancie is a graduate of Kent State University and the Juilliard School.

Praised for its "otherworldly ensemble and professional level of sophistication" (New York Times), the Curtis Symphony Orchestra presents three concerts annually under the direction of eminent conductors in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. Recent visiting conductors include Charles Dutoit, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas. This professional training 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 165 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances in Philadelphia and around the word 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; Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses and chamber music series. Grounded in a rich heritage, Curtis is looking to the future in a flexible and forward-thinking way, evolving strategically to serve its time-honored mission.


Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Friday, October 12 at 8 p.m.

Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, 68 Nassau Street, Princeton

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Kensho Watanabe, conductor
John de Lancie, narrator
Sarah Shafer, soprano
Christopher Tiesi, tenor

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet: Duet for soprano and tenor
BRITTEN  The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
STRAUSS  Ein Heldenleben

Tickets: $30, $5 students with ID; general admission seating. Available from the Richardson Auditorium Ticket Office at (609) 258-9220 or

Additional performance:
Monday, October 15 at 8 p.m.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia
Tickets and more information: Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or

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