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Curtis Students Take to an Online Stage with Curtis Performs

Watch performances by rising classical music stars anytime, anywhere at

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(May 14, 2013) Watch performances by rising classical music stars at the Curtis Institute of Music anytime, anywhere, with Curtis Performs, Free with a high-speed internet connection, Curtis Performs features HD concert highlights and full-length works performed by the world's top young musicians.

"Just as a concert hall is built for a great orchestra, we've designed an incredible online space to watch our performances," said Curtis President Roberto Díaz. "We're fortunate to be able to perform for audiences in Philadelphia and, with Curtis On Tour, around the world during the school year. Now people can watch our concerts anytime and anywhere with Curtis Performs."

Exclusive video content on Curtis Performs includes instrumental and vocal, solo, chamber, and ensemble works, among them performances by celebrated faculty and alumni and world-premiere recordings of pieces by student composers. [Fact sheet]

Highlights include the Curtis Symphony Orchestra performing Messiaen's grand Turangalîla-symphonie under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach; an Alumni Recital Series performance by the prize-winning Dover Quartet; and Paganini's showpiece for viola, the Quartet in A minor for guitar and strings, with faculty members Roberto Díaz (viola) and Jason Vieaux (guitar).

Performances are recorded in high definition with broadcast-quality video cameras. New content from Field Concert Hall, Gould Rehearsal Hall, and Verizon Hall will be posted regularly, with live streaming of select performances anticipated for the 2013-14 school year.

The site launches at a time of increased online engagement with Curtis, demonstrated by growing numbers of fans on Facebook and Twitter and a proven appetite for the school's performance content on YouTube and Beginning this fall the school offers two free online classes through Coursera (, and participants in From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance will watch concerts on Curtis Performs and discuss the pieces in online forums as part of the course.

Online audience members can easily share Curtis Performs content via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail icons for each video. Viewers can watch all available programs without registering; those who sign in can also select "applaud" to recognize favorite performances, create a personalized "My Concerts" playlist, and receive updates on new content.

Featuring a simple, intuitive design, Curtis Performs can be viewed on any device, including smartphones and tablets running on iOS, Android, or Windows Phone systems; laptops; and desktops. Curtis Performs was designed and developed by Night Kitchen Interactive with content distribution by Kaltura.

For students at Curtis, the benefits include a chance to learn about their performance by assessing it from the audience's perspective and to receive broadcast-quality video to submit for competitions, auditions, and other opportunities. Students also learn behind the cameras with career studies faculty member Greg Sharrow, Field-McFadden Chair in Audio-Visual Arts. In the process they see all aspects of audio and video production, working together to make decisions on music, performers, lighting, camera placement, and editing. Select student projects appear on Curtis1, a series produced as part of Curtis's Music and Technology curriculum.

"At a time when it is more important than ever to engage a new generation, 21st-century musicians can expect their music to be consumed online in video and audio format," said President Díaz. "Throughout our students' careers they will have to perform on camera and will need to think about how they present themselves to an audience that is, increasingly, visually minded."

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.

Curtis's innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills, and the school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. Students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour in addition to more than 150 performances in and around Philadelphia each year. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe.

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