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2014-15 Media Calendar of Events

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For the latest performance information, visit www.curtis.edu/Calendar or call (215) 893-7902.

In addition to the events listed below, student recitals of solo and chamber music take place most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8 p.m. in Field Concert Hall, as well as many weekends, with additional recitals scheduled in the spring semester. Recitals are open to the public free of charge. For the most up-to-date program information for each week’s recitals, visit www.curtis.edu/Calendar or call the Student Recital Hotline at (215) 893-5261.


Curtis On Tour: Peter Wiley and the Aizuri Quartet 

Faculty member Peter Wiley (Cello '74) and the Aizuri Quartet, string quartet in residence at Curtis, tour the East Coast and Europe. An embodiment of the school’s "learn by doing" philosophy, Curtis On Tour offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performances, students frequently offer master classes, in-school demonstrations, and other community engagement activities. Since Curtis On Tour was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have traveled to more than 44 destinations in Europe, Asia, and North and South America, with new venues added each year.

Peter Wiley, cello ('74)
Aizuri Quartet
Miho Saegusa, violin
Zoë Martin-Doike, violin ('13)
Ayane Kozasa, viola ('12)
Karen Ouzounian, cello

Philadelphia preview
Wednesday, January 21 at 8 p.m.

Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music

Columbia, Md.
Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m.
Presented by the Candlelight Concert Society
Smith Theatre, Howard Community College

Dresden  *Aizuri Quartet only
Saturday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber

Paris  
*Aizuri Quartet only
Tuesday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Presented by The Arts Arena
Hôtel de Talleyrand

Falmouth, Mass.
*Aizuri Quartet only
Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Highfield Hall

Boston
Sunday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

New York
Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Morgan Library and Museum

For tickets and more information: www.curtis.edu/CurtisOnTour



Gary Hoffman Residency Recital
Friday, January 30 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Curtis frequently hosts residencies by world-renowned artists, who work with students in master classes and chamber music coachings. Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility. Mr. Hoffman gained international renown upon his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986 and is a frequent soloist with the world's most noted orchestras.

Free; no tickets required. For more information, visit www.curtis.edu or call the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902.



The Aizuri Quartet at the Barnes Foundation
Sunday, February 1 at 3:30 p.m.
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

A performance and lecture complement the William Glackens exhibition, open through Monday, February 16. Dr. Martha Lucy discusses the friendship between Albert Barnes and William Glackens, which revolved around their shared passion for French modernism. The Aizuri Quartet follows with a concert featuring the world premiere of Parallels by Curtis composition student Alyssa Weinberg, a work inspired by the life and work of William Glackens. This is the first of three new compositions inspired by the Barnes collection and composed by students and faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music. More information: www.barnesfoundation.org



LiveConnections presents Performer-Songwriters from Curtis
Friday, February 6 at 8 p.m.

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

In keeping with the "Performer-Songwriters" theme of their 2014-15 series, LiveConnections features Curtis students who write and perform their own music. LiveConnections’ innovative ClassicAlive concert series expands the boundaries of classical music, presenting unique collaborations and fresh projects in the intimate atmosphere of its partner venue, World Cafe Live.

Tickets and more information: www.LiveConnections.org



Curtis Presents: Curtis Brass Faculty
Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

David Bilger, trumpet
Jennifer Montone, horn
Matthew Vaughn, trombone
Blair Bollinger, bass trombone ('86)

This illustrious quintet of Curtis faculty are all members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Experience musical excellence at the heart of the Curtis tradition through their rich, resonant sound and their exceptional artistry and camaraderie.

*New* Two-concert subscriptions: $44; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/Tickets

Single tickets: $25; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/Tickets

The Curtis Presents season is sponsored by Blank Rome LLP.



Family Concert: "The Soldier's Tale"
Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Gould Rehearsal Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Come experience Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale at Curtis! This masterwork will be performed with narrator and dancers. Colby Damon, formerly of BalletX, has choreographed a fresh version of the work. Be ready to sing, clap and move to Stravinsky's version of this Russian folk tale.

Tickets: $5 for adults, free for children twelve and under; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/Tickets



Student Recitals at Longwood Gardens
Sunday, February 22 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m.

Longwood Gardens Ballroom, Kennett Square, Pa.

Hour-long recitals of solo and chamber music in a stunning horticultural showplace. Tickets and more information: www.longwoodgardens.org



Curtis Opera Theatre: Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss
Presented in association with Opera Philadelphia and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater
Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m.
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

George Manahan, conductor
Chas Rader-Shieber, stage director

STRAUSS Ariadne auf Naxos

When the wealthiest man in Vienna hosts a lavish night of music and fireworks, the entertainment is in no short supply--and neither is the drama. In a farcical twist of fate, a brash burlesque troupe and a buttoned-up opera company must now perform together on the same stage. The two groups argue, flirt, and fight for the spotlight as the comic preparations of the first act transform into a beautiful opera-within-an-opera.

Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in German with English supertitles

Subscriptions and single tickets available from Opera Philadelphia. Subscribe through the Aurora Series at www.operaphila.org or (215) 732-8400. Single tickets are available at www.operaphila.org or (215) 893-1018.

The production is funded, in part, through support from the William Penn Foundation. The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. The Aurora Series is underwritten by the Wyncote Foundation.



Curtis On Tour: Curtis Chamber Orchestra tours the United States
In March 2015 the Curtis Chamber Orchestra tours the U.S. with a program featuring three prominent alumni of the Curtis Institute of Music. Renowned conductor Robert Spano leads the world premiere of a viola concerto by Jennifer Higdon, Milton L. Rock Chair in Composition, performed by violist Roberto Díaz, the school's president. The program also includes three songs composed by Mr. Spano as well as Prokofiev's "Classical" Symphony and Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony. The Curtis Chamber Orchestra appears through Curtis On Tour, the school's global touring initiative.

Robert Spano, conductor ('85)
Roberto Díaz, viola ('84)
Rachel Sterrenberg, soprano
Curtis Chamber Orchestra

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 ("Classical")
HIGDON Viola Concerto (world premiere)
SPANO Hölderlin-Lieder
MOZART Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551 ("Jupiter")

This project is supported by The Presser Foundation's 75th Anniversary Celebration Special Projects Grant.

The Higdon commission was supported by a grant from the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.


Washington, D.C.
Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m.

Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress

Coral Gables, Fla.
Wednesday, March 11 at 8 p.m.

Presented by the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami
Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami

Davis, Calif.
Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m.

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis

Rohnert Park, Calif.
Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m.

Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

San Diego
Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the San Diego Symphony
Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall

For tickets and more information: www.curtis.edu/CurtisOnTour



eighth blackbird Spring Residency Recital
Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Curtis frequently hosts residencies by world-renowned artist, who work with students in master classes and chamber music coachings, eighth blackbird, which includes Curtis alumna Yvonne Lam (Violin '05), is in the third year of a Curtis residency bunded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Called a "new breed of super-musicians" (Los Angeles Times), the sextet is an active member of the Curtis community, visiting, coaching, and performing with students throughout the year. The multiple Grammy Award-winning ensemble most recently won Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their album Meanwhile (Cedille Records).

Free; no tickets required. For more information, visit www.curtis.edu or call the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902.



Curtis Presents: Dolce Suono Ensemble
Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Dolce Suono Ensemble
Mimi Stillman, flute ('99)
Charles Abramovic, piano ('76)
Thomas Shivone, bass-baritone
The Dover Quartet
Joel Link (Violin '11, '14)
Bryan Lee (Violin '11, '14)
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (Viola '10, 11, '14)
Camden Shaw (Cello '10, '11, '14)

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this season, this flexible and innovative ensemble of Philadelphia-based artists includes many Curtis alumni and is directed by flutist and alumna Mimi Stillman. Dolce Suono offers programs that set music within a broad cultural context, often featuring commissions from emerging and established composers.

*New* Two-concert subscriptions for the Curtis Presents four-concert series: $44; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/Tickets

Single tickets: $25; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/Tickets



Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Rossen Milanov, conductor ('94)
Kensho Watanabe, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin ('97)

RAVEL Alborada del Gracioso
PROKOFIEV Suite No. 1 from Cinderella
ZIMMERMANN Violin Concerto
RAVEL Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

This sparkling and eclectic assortment of 20th-century gems--highlighted by pioneering violinist and alumna Leila Josefowicz performing Zimmermann’s exciting, jazz-influenced Violin Concerto--is led by Curtis alumnus and Philadelphia favorite Rossen Milanov. Conducting fellow Kensho Watanabe opens the concert.

*New* Two-concert subscriptions available: $10, $20, $40, $58, $76; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/Tickets

Single tickets: $5, $10, $25, $35, $50; available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or www.ticketphiladelphia.org



Steven Mackey Residency Recital with eighth blackbird 
Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Featuring works by Steven Mackey, Curtis's 2014-15 composer in residence, performed by members of eighth blackbird and Curtis 20/21 Ensemble.

Free; no tickets required. For more information, visit www.curtis.edu or call the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902.



90th Anniversary Gala
Wednesday, May 6
Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia

The Curtis Institute of Music commemorates 90 years of musical tradition, excellence, and innovation at one grand gala, celebrating the founding vision of Mary Louise Curtis Bok Zimbalist that resonates today more than ever. Details available at www.curtis.edu/90thAnniversary.



Curtis Opera Theatre: The Rake's Progress by Igor Stravinsky
Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Venue to be announced

Mark Russell Smith, conductor (’87)
Jordan Fein, stage director

STRAVINSKY The Rake's Progress

Tom Rakewell wishes for an easy life--and the devil is only too happy to help. Stravinsky chronicles the rake's rise and fall in this neoclassical masterwork.

Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in English with supertitles

Ticket information to be announced.

The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.



Aizuri Quartet Residency Recital with Jonathan Biss, Piano
Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

The Aizuri Quartet, currently string quartet in residence at Curtis, presents its second residency recital of the season, joined by Jonathan Biss ('01), the Neubauer Family Chair in Piano Studies. Formed in 2012, the quartet comprises alumni from both Curtis and the Juilliard School, and has performed at storied chamber music festivals like Marlboro, Caramoor, and the Ravinia Festival's Steans Music Institute. Its members are Miho Saegusa, violin; Zoë Martin-Doike, violin ('13); Ayane Kozasa, viola ('12); and Karen Ouzounian, cello. 

Free; no tickets required. For more information, visit www.curtis.edu or call the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902.



Student Recital Series: Deans' Honors Recitals
Friday, May 15 at 5:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Featuring some of the top recital performances from the season, two Deans' Honors Recitals conclude the 2014-15 Student Recital Series.

Free; no tickets required. For more information, visit www.curtis.edu or call the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902.



Steinway & Sons, celebrating 90 years of partnership with the Curtis Institute of Music.

The Curtis Institute of Music receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


General operating support for Curtis is provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.


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