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Curtis 20/21 Ensemble Performs at the Miller Theatre April 17, Featured on Cedille Records Release

Curtis 20/21 Ensemble returns to the Miller Theatre for a third year, performing works by Joan Tower and Bach alongside eighth blackbird and the Dover Quartet

Upcoming Cedille Records release includes part of the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble’s 2013 program at the Miller Theatre

Available now as digital download and on CD April 29, Two x Four features violin alumni Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo in work by faculty member David Ludwig

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(April 16, 2014) The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble returns to New York City on April 17 at 8 p.m. for the Miller Theatre's "Bach, Revisited" series, featuring the work of Joan Tower. This concert follows their March 20 performance with Krzysztof Penderecki in a program of his music at Carnegie's Zankel Hall. For the April 17 concert, the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble is joined by members of eighth blackbird, the groundbreaking contemporary music sextet now in the midst of a three-year residency at Curtis; and the acclaimed Dover Quartet, string quartet in residence at the school.
In the program chosen by Joan Tower, the composer intersperses movements of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with her own chamber music, including her trio Big Sky, an evocation of the awe-inspiring experience of riding through the Andes mountain range; String Quartet No. 5 ("White Water"); and In Memory for chamber orchestra. Tickets and more information: (212) 854-7799,


The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble appeared at the Miller Theatre with an all-Tower program in 2011, part of Joan Tower's 2010-11 residency at the school, and in 2013 with renowned violinists and Curtis graduates Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo. That program of double-violin concertos, named Two x Four, is now available on a studio recording from Cedille Records, released as a digital download on April 1 and available on CD April 29.
The first joint recording for these long-time collaborators, Two x Four features Ms. Koh and Mr. Laredo performing with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, conducted by fellow Curtis alumnus Vinay Parameswaran. The album includes the world premiere recording of Seasons Lost, written expressly for the project by David Ludwig, Curtis alumnus and composition faculty member, who is also the school's dean of artistic programs and artistic director of the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble. Also included is the world premiere of a second commission, Anna Clyne's Prince of Clouds; as well as J.S. Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043, and Philip Glass's Echorus.
Recorded at the Curtis Institute of Music inside Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall's state-of-the-art acoustical space, Two x Four was released as a digital download on April 1 and is available at Cedille Records,, and iTunes


Praised for works that are "expertly wrought, full of character and instantly communicative" (New York Times), Joan Tower is widely regarded as one of the most important American composers living today. During a career spanning more than fifty years, her works have been commissioned by major ensembles, soloists, and orchestras, including the Emerson, Tokyo, and Muir quartets; soloists Evelyn Glennie, Carol Wincenc, David Shifrin, and John Browning; and the orchestras of Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C., among others.
Flexible in size and scope, the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble performs a wide range of music from the 20th and 21st centuries, including works by Curtis students and alumni. The ensemble has appeared at major U.S. venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Miller Theatre, as well as internationally. The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble collaborates with some of today's most prominent artists, including Charles Dutoit, eighth blackbird, and Matthias Pintscher. It has presented portrait concerts of iconic composers in residence John Corigliano, George Crumb, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Steven Stucky, among others. Of the ensemble's Joan Tower portrait program in 2011, the New York Times wrote, "Ms. Tower could hardly have hoped for more passionate performances." The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble is led by artistic director David Ludwig. 
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 168 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. Its distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Jonathan Biss, Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang. 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. The school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. In addition to more than 200 performances in and around Philadelphia each year, students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe. To learn more, visit
Miller Theatre's “Bach, Revisited”
Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m.
Curtis 20/21 Ensemble with members of eighth blackbird and the Dover Quartet
Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
Big Sky
In Memory
String Quartet No. 5 ("White Water")
Tickets and more information: Miller Theatre at (212) 854-7799,
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