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New Season of Free Student Recitals Begins October 18 at Curtis

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(October 3, 2013) The Curtis Student Recital Series, beginning October 18, gives Philadelphia audiences the chance to attend world-class performances by today's leading young musicians. 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 opening recital on October 18 launches with a premiere of Steven Stucky's chamber arrangement of his acclaimed song cycle The Stars and the Roses. Stucky, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and one of the most highly regarded and frequently performed living composers, will be in attendance.

Other highlights of the 2013-14 season feature performances by renowned guest artists and faculty, including Gary Hoffman, David Starobin, Jason Vieaux, Andrés Díaz, and ensemble-in-residence eighth blackbird. The series also welcomes the return of the Dover Quartet, Curtis's resident string quartet. The all-alumni ensemble recently swept the 11th Banff International String Quartet Competition.

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 6. Recitals are also featured on WWFM's Curtis Calls every Wednesday at noon on digital radio station 89.5 HD2. Visit to stream Curtis performances with Instant Encore or watch HD video on Curtis Performs.

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 170 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

Student Recital Series begins October 18 at 8 p.m.
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.

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