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Jahja Ling Conducts the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at the Kimmel Center February 17

Program features celebrated soloists and Curtis faculty members Ida Kavafian, violin; Peter Wiley ('74), cello; and Robert McDonald ('76, '77), piano

Additional performance February 15 at Allentown Symphony Hall

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(January 29, 2013) A "powerfully communicative conductor" (Cincinnati Post), San Diego Symphony Music Director Jahja Ling leads the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center on Sunday, February 17 at 3 p.m. Three great artists and Curtis faculty members-- Ida Kavafian, violin; Peter Wiley, cello; and Robert McDonald, piano--join forces for Beethoven's Triple Concerto, the only concerto the composer wrote for more than one solo instrument.

The program also includes Mahler's mercurial Symphony No. 5, featuring the famous Adagietto, and the free-flowing, euphoric Rhapsodies by Steven Stucky, Curtis's 2012-13 composer in residence. The "urbane, immaculately crafted piece" (Times Online) is led by conducting student Vinay Parameswaran.

Tickets are $5 to $45 and are available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or The program is part of the Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concert Series and is sponsored by Blank Rome.

An additional performance presented by the Allentown Symphony Association takes place on Friday, February 15 at 8 p.m. at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown, Pa. Tickets and more information are available at (610) 432-6715 or

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.

Jahja Ling is in his ninth season as music director of the San Diego Symphony, with whom he has recently released seven new live recordings. He has conducted the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco as well as numerous orchestras of international stature, including the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, the China Philharmonic in Beijing, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Stockholm Philharmonic. He has conducted the world premieres of works by William Bolcom, Paul Chihara, Gordon Chin, Daniel Kellogg, George Perle, Bright Sheng, Alvin Singleton, Augusta Read Thomas, Michael Torke, Mark Anthony Turnage, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, among others.

Mr. Ling holds one of the longest continuous relationships with one of the world's greatest orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra, which he served as associate conductor, resident conductor, and Blossom Festival director. He was music director of the Florida Orchestra from 1988 to 2003 and artistic director of the Taiwan Philharmonia from 1998 to 2001.

Born in Indonesia of Chinese descent, Mr. Ling studied piano with Mieczyslaw Munz and conducting with John Nelson at the Juilliard School; and orchestral conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller at the Yale School of Music, where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He held the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood and is a past recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductor's Award.

Internationally acclaimed as a violinist and violist, Ida Kavafian is an artist-member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and former member of the Beaux Arts Trio. She performs as a soloist; in recital with her sister, Ani; as a guest with ensembles such as the Guarneri, Orion, and American string quartets; and as artistic director of Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico. She is cofounder of the chamber ensembles Tashi and Opus One. Ms. Kavafian has premiered numerous works, including concertos by Toru Takemitsu and Michael Daugherty. She has toured and recorded with jazz greats Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis, as well as fiddler/composer Mark O'Connor.

Born in Istanbul of Armenian parentage, Ms. Kavafian is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Oscar Shumsky. She made her debut under Young Concert Artists with the pianist Peter Serkin, and also received the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. Ms. Kavafian joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1998 and holds the Nina von Maltzahn Chair in Violin Studies. She is also on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Peter Wiley, a 1974 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, has played at leading festivals, including the Marlboro Music Festival, for which he also tours and records. As a recitalist he has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. A member of the Beaux Arts Trio from 1987 to 1998, Mr. Wiley succeeded his teacher, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri String Quartet from 2001 to 2009. He is also a member of the piano quartet Opus One, with Curtis faculty members Ida Kavafian and Steven Tenenbom and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.

Mr. Wiley entered Curtis at age 13. At 20 he was named principal cello of the Cincinnati Symphony after one year with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He made his concerto debut at Carnegie Hall in 1986 with the New York String Orchestra conducted by Alexander Schneider. Mr. Wiley joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1996, and holds the Orlando Cole Chair in Cello Studies. He also teaches at the University of Maryland and Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Robert McDonald tours extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. He has appeared with major orchestras in the United States and was the recital partner for many years to Isaac Stern and other distinguished instrumentalists. He has played with the Takács, Vermeer, Juilliard, Brentano, Borromeo, American, Shanghai, and St. Lawrence string quartets, as well as Music from Marlboro. His discography includes recordings for Sony Classical, Bridge, Vox, Musical Heritage Society, ASV, and CRI.

Mr. McDonald's prizes include the gold medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition, the top prize at the William Kapell International Competition, and the Deutsche Schallplatten Critics Award. With degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, Lawrence University, and the Manhattan School of Music, he studied with Theodore Rehl, Seymour Lipkin, Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Beveridge Webster, and Gary Graffman. Mr. McDonald joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2007 and holds the Penelope P. Watkins Chair in Piano Studies. He is also a member of the piano faculty at the Juilliard School.

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.


Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Sunday, February 17 at 3 p.m.

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Jahja Ling, conductor
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Ida Kavafian, violin
Peter Wiley, cello ('74)
Robert McDonald, piano ('76, '77)

STUCKY Rhapsodies
BEETHOVEN    Concerto in C major for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra, Op. 56, "Triple Concerto"
MAHLER Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor

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


Additional performance:
Friday, February 15 at 8 p.m.

Presented by the Allentown Symphony Association, Inc.
Miller Symphony Hall, 23 North 6th Street, Allentown, Pa.
Tickets and more information: (610) 432-6715,

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