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Curtis Comes to Southern Florida, Presenting Students, Faculty, and Alumni from One of the World's Leading Conservatories

Performances in Sarasota (Nov. 29 and Feb. 6), Lake Wales (Feb. 3), and Fort Myers (Feb. 8)

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(November 14, 2012) The Curtis Institute of Music, one of the world's leading conservatories, comes to Southern Florida for a season of spectacular music-making. Experience the youthful exuberance and seasoned artistry that is the hallmark of Curtis performances.

Curtis graduates with Sarasota roots perform on Thursday, November 29 at 8 p.m. at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art's Historic Asolo Theater. The Sarasota Alumni Recital features renowned violinist Joseph Silverstein ('50), a faculty member at both Curtis and the Sarasota Music Festival; Abraham Feder ('08), principal cello of the Sarasota Orchestra; and Joe Assi ('07), co-principal horn of the Sarasota Orchestra. They are joined by Curtis staff pianist Amy J. Yang ('06) for a glorious all-Brahms evening featuring the Violin Sonata, Op. 100; the Horn Trio, Op. 40; and the Piano Trio, Op. 8.

Tickets are $30 and are available from the Historic Asolo Theater Box office at (941) 360-7399 or

The Curtis Institute of Music returns to Southern Florida in February for performances in Sarasota, Lake Wales, and Fort Myers as part of Curtis On Tour, which presents tomorrow's leading musicians performing alongside celebrated Curtis faculty and alumni. Curtis president and viola faculty member Roberto Díaz ('84) performs with students Rebecca Anderson, violin, and Tessa Seymour, cello on a program of string trio music by Schubert, Dohnányi, and Beethoven.

Curtis On Tour performs at the Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales on Sunday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. Built by the husband of Curtis founder Mary Louise Curtis Bok and host to generations of Curtis students, the Bok Tower Gardens boasts a 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic Singing Tower, housing one of the world's finest carillons, and nearly fifty acres of Frederick Olmsted-designed gardens. For tickets and more information, visit

The next stop is at Sarasota's intimate Jane B. Cook Theatre, which hosts Curtis On Tour on Wednesday, February 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available from the Curtis Advancement Office at (215) 717-3161 or

The final performance in southern Florida is Friday, February 8 at 8 p.m., when Curtis On Tour comes to Fort Myers for a performance at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, a historic gem restored to its original magnificence in the historic River District. For tickets and more information, visit

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 provides its 165 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. The school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists since its 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.

Although hundreds of musicians apply each year, the school admits only enough students to fill the places of the previous graduating class. With an acceptance rate of 3.2 percent, Curtis is ranked the most selective college-level institution in the United States by U.S. News and World Report (2012 edition, based on 2010-11 admissions statistics). When students graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe.


Sarasota, FL

  • Historic Asolo Theater: November 29

Performance at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30, available from the Historic Asolo Theater Box office at (941) 360-7399 or

  • Jane B. Cook Theatre: February 6

Performance at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30, available from the Curtis Advancement Office at (215) 717-3161 or


Lake Wales, FL

  • Bok Tower Gardens: February 3

Performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35, available from Bok Tower Gardens at (863) 676-1408 or


Fort Myers, FL

  • Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center: February 8

Performance at 8 p.m. More information available from

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