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Curtis Family Concerts: Introduction to Composition and Conducting Feb 23

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(January 31, 2014) How do you write music? What does a conductor do? Kids learn this and more as they become composers and conductors during an interactive introduction to the world of classical music Sunday, February 23 at 2 and 4 p.m. in Gould Rehearsal Hall, 1616 Locust Street. Each hour-long program features Curtis students exploring the basics of composing music and conducting an ensemble. These concerts are best enjoyed by children ages five to twelve.

Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children twelve and under. For tickets or more information, contact the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or The Curtis Family Concert season is supported by PECO.

The family concerts are part of the Curtis Community Engagement Program, which shares classical music with young people and others in the community who may not otherwise have access to it. Curtis students also provide interactive educational presentations for area schools, hospitals, senior centers, and community venues as well as coach young musicians around the world as part of Curtis On Tour and other programs.

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

Curtis Family Concerts: Introduction to Composition and Conducting
Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Gould Rehearsal Hall, 1616 Locust Street (at Lenfest Hall)

Tickets: $5 for adults, free for children 12 and under; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at 215-893-7902 or

The Curtis Family Concert season is supported by PECO.

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