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Student Recital Series begins October 10 with eighth blackbird

First recital features Grammy Award-winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird, part of a three-year residency funded by the Mellon Foundation designed to prepare students for 21st-century careers

(October 9, 2012) A new season of the Student Recital Series begins on Wednesday, October 10, continuing its celebrated legacy as the leading concert stage for some of the best young musicians in the world. Students perform solo and chamber works in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8 p.m. as well as many weekends. Admission is free and no tickets are required.

The season-opening concert on October 10 will feature contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird, "a new breed of super-musicians" (Los Angeles Times). The Grammy Award-winning ensemble, which includes Curtis alumna Yvonne Lam (Violin '05), will perform Derek Bermel's Tied Shifts. They share the stage with a group of Curtis students coached by eighth blackbird on Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1, arranged by Webern. With the same core instruments as eighth blackbird, the students will work with the sextet throughout the year, studying and performing various pieces including Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire.

The recital concludes with Schubert's Octet in F major performed by Curtis students alongside bassoon faculty member Daniel Matsukawa ('92). Side-by-side collaboration with faculty members is part of the school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach.

The recital kicks off a three-year residency funded by a $450,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in which the sextet will be active members of the Curtis community, visiting, coaching, and performing with students throughout the year. Designed to prepare students to enter today's challenging classical music world, the residency will encourage students to find creative new ways to engage audiences while maintaining the highest artistic standards.

For a complete listing of each week's performances on the Student Recital Series, visit or call the recital hotline: (215) 893-5261. Additional recitals and times are added in the winter and spring.

Highlights from the Student Recital Series can be seen on television with WHYY's On Stage at Curtis, airing Sundays at 6 p.m. on Channel 12. A new broadcast season begins October 14. Recitals are also featured on WWFM's Curtis Calls every Saturday at noon on digital radio station 89.5 HD2. Or visit to instantly stream Curtis performances.

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.

eighth blackbird lives dangerously. The Chicago-based sextet combines the finesse of a string quartet with the energy of a rock band and the riskiness of a storefront theater company. Recent commissions include Steve Reich's Double Sextet, Jennifer Higdon's On a Wire, and Steve Mackey's Slide, and future collaborators include Amy Beth Kirsten, Brett Dean, Aaron Jay Kernis, John Luther Adams, and Mayke Nas. eighth blackbird holds ongoing ensemble-in-residence positions at the University of Richmond and University of Chicago and has led short-term residencies at the Colburn School, University of Michigan, Oberlin College, Southern Methodist University, and Rice University. A fruitful relationship with Chicago's Cedille Records has produced four acclaimed recordings, including strange imaginary animals (2006), winner of two Grammy Awards. Lonely Motel: Music from Slide, eighth blackbird's newest disc, won the 2011 Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance and was nominated in three other categories. The name "eighth blackbird" derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens's evocative, aphoristic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1917).

Student Recital Series begins October 10
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Students perform solo and chamber works almost every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8 well as many weekends. Admission is free and tickets are not required. For a complete listing of the week's performances, visit or call (215) 893-5261.

Free; no tickets required.

Student Recital Series kickoff recital with eighth blackbird
Wednesday, October 10 at 8 p.m.

Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

BERMEL Tied Shifts
eighth blackbird
Tim Munro, flute
Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinet
Yvonne Lam, violin
Nicholas Photinos, cello
Lisa Kaplan, piano
Matthew Duvall, percussion

SCHOENBERG Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op.9 (arr. Webern)
Patrick Williams, flute
Stanislav Chernyshev, clarinet
Zoë Martin-Doike, violin
Arlen Hlusko, cello
Xiaohui Yang, piano

SCHUBERT Octet in F major, D.803
Eunice Kim, violin
Zoë Martin-Doike, violin
Daniel Hanul Lee, viola
Nathan Vickery, cello
Nathaniel West, double bass
Juyong You, clarinet
Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon ('92)
Levente Varga, horn


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