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2014-15 Season by Series

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 Symphony Orchestra

Curtis Opera Theatre

Curtis Presents

Curtis On Tour 

Student Recital Series, Residencies, and Faculty Recitals

Curtis 20/21

Family Concerts

Special Concerts and Collaborations

90th Anniversary Gala


 

Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, October 26 at 3 p.m.
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Mark Russell Smith, conductor ('87)
Edward Poll, conductor
Members of the Curtis Opera Theatre

SHOSTAKOVICH - Festive Overture
MAHLER - Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 (“Eroica")

Showcasing Beethoven's iconic symphony that heralded the dawn of the Romantic era, this concert opens with an exuberant overture by Shostakovich followed by a selection of youthful songs by Mahler, with soloists from the Curtis Opera Theatre. Under the direction of Curtis alumnus Mark Russell Smith, with conducting fellow Edward Poll, this program will stir the heart and move the soul.

This Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert is underwritten by a grant from the Markow-Totevy Foundation.


Additional Performance
Friday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA

Mark Russell Smith, conductor ('87) 
Edward Poll, conductor
Members of the Curtis Opera Theatre

SHOSTAKOVICH - Festive Overture
MAHLER - Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 ("Eroica")

Showcasing Beethoven's iconic symphony that heralded the dawn of the Romantic era, this concert opens with an exuberant overture by Shostakovich followed by a selection of youthful songs by Mahler, with soloists from the Curtis Opera Theatre. Under the direction of Curtis alumnus Mark Russell Smith, with conducting fellow Edward Poll, this program will stir the heart and move the soul.

Tickets: $25, available from the Allentown Symphony Box Office at (610) 432-6715 or www.allentownsymphony.org.


Curtis Chamber Orchestra
Presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Friday, December 5 at 8 p.m.

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Edward Poll, conductor
Bella Hristova, violin ('08)

COPLAND - Appalachian Spring Suite
BERNSTEIN - Serenade
MAHLER - Blumine
STRAVINSKY - Pulcinella Suite

The dynamic Giancarlo Guerrero leads a stirring program ranging from late Romantic to 20th-century composers influenced by classical forms. Curtis alumna Bella Hristova is the soloist in Bernstein’s effervescent Serenade inspired by Plato's Symposium. Conducting fellow Edward Poll is also featured.

Tickets: $28, available from the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at www.pcmsconcerts.org by phone September 2 at (215) 569-8080.


Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Sunday, January 25 at 3 p.m.

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Kensho Watanabe, conductor

SIBELIUS - The Swan of Tuonela
LUTOSŁAWSKI - Concerto for Orchestra
SIBELIUS - Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82

Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, one of the world's premier Sibelius interpreters, leads a beloved works by his compatriot. The program features the engaging Concerto for Orchestra by Lutosławski, one of the pre-eminent Polish composers of the 20th century, and conducting fellow Kensho Watanabe opens the concert with the Swan of Tuonela.

*New* Two-concert subscriptions: $10, $20, $40, $58, $76; 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: $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

 


 

Curtis Opera Theatre

Curtis Opera Theatre: Iolanta by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Kensho Watanabe, conductor ('13)

TCHAIKOVSKY - Iolanta

The beautiful Iolanta lives a peaceful, protected life, unaware that she is a princess—and that she is blind. Love blooms when a knight discovers her secret garden and shares the wonders of color and light. For the first time Iolanta yearns to see, opening the door to a miraculous cure in Tchaikovsky's melodious fairy tale.

Concert performance with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in Russian with English supertitles

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


Curtis Opera Theatre:
La scala di seta by Gioacchino Rossini and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Lio Kuokman, conductor ('09)
Stephanie Havey, director

ROSSINI - La scala di seta
PUCCINI - Gianni Schicchi

This delightful double bill pairs confusion and comedy, motivated by matchmaking. A silken ladder leads to love in Rossini's fast-paced farce, while Puccini's wily hero devises an audacious scheme to unite a young couple.

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

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


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 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 for The Rakes Progress to be announced.

Subscriptions for three Curtis Opera Theatre performances: $75; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/Tickets
 

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


 

Curtis Presents

Curtis Presents: Jason Vieaux, guitar
Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m.

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

Jason Vieaux, guitar

The co-founder of Curtis's guitar program, faculty member Jason Vieaux is "among the elite of today's classical guitarists" (Gramophone), with a dozen acclaimed solo albums and guest appearances with the orchestras of Cleveland, Houston, and Toronto, among many others. Drawing from a remarkably diverse repertoire—ranging from Bach to Piazzolla to Pat Metheny—Vieaux is a distinguished and exciting recitalist.


Curtis Presents: Sixth Floor Trio
Saturday, November 1 at 3 p.m.

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

Sixth Floor Trio
Johnny Teyssier, clarinet ('08)
Harrison Hollingsworth, bassoon ('08)
Teddy Abrams, piano (Conducting '08)

Formed in 2008 by Curtis graduates, the Sixth Floor Trio has performed extensively throughout the United States in venues ranging from concert halls to clubs and experimental spaces. In performance the trio's members play multiple instruments, improvise, and join with guest artists from many different genres to bring music to the widest possible audience.


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
Jeffrey Curnow, 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.


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: $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 On Tour

Curtis On Tour: Asia and Europe 2014
Curtis On Tour returns to Asia and Europe this fall with a string sextet, performing in Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, and Dresden. The tour ensemble—including violist Roberto Díaz ('84), Curtis's president; violinist Eunice Kim ('14); and current students—plays three Romantic masterworks: the Sextet from Strauss's Capriccio, the Sextet in G major by Brahms, and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence.

Eunice Kim, violin ('14)
Marié Rossano, violin
Roberto Díaz, viola ('84)
Born Lau, viola
Oliver Aldort, cello
Timotheos Petrin, cello

R. STRAUSS - Sextet from Capriccio
BRAHMS - Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
TCHAIKOVSKY - Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

Philadelphia preview
Tuesday, September 16 at 8 p.m.

Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music

Hong Kong
Thursday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Lee Hysan Hall, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Seoul
Saturday, September 27 at 3 p.m.

Kumho Art Hall

Taipei
Tuesday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m.

National Taiwan Normal University Recital Hall

Taipei
Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Taipei National University of the Arts Recital Hall

Dresden
Sunday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber


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


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


 

Student Recital Series, REsidencies, and Faculty Recitals

Faculty Recital: Meng-Chieh Liu, piano
Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 12 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia


Piano faculty member and 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Meng-Chieh Liu (’93) performs a pair of all-Brahms programs


Student Recital Series Begins
Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m.

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

A new season of the Student Recital Series begins, continuing its celebrated legacy as the leading concert stage for some of the world's finest young musicians. Over 100 free recitals every year allow the public to enjoy exceptional concerts in the intimacy of Field Concert Hall. Students perform solo and chamber works almost every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evening, as well as on many weekends. World-renowned guest faculty artists join Curtis students for special residency recitals throughout the season on the Student Recital Series. For a complete listing of each week's performances, visit www.curtis.edu/Calendar or call (215) 893-5261.


NEXUS Residency Recital
Friday, November 14 at 8 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Curtis frequently hosts residencies by world-renowned artists, who work with students in master classes and chamber music coachings. Internationally renowned percussion ensemble NEXUS is joined by members of the Curtis Percussion Studio and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble for a residency recital. Acclaimed for their virtuosity as both individual and group performers, NEXUS offers an eclectic repertoire ranging from military music to the novelty ragtime of the 1920s, and from the rhythms of Africa to the ground-breaking compositions of Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, and Steve Reich.


Aizuri Quartet Residency Recital
Saturday, November 22 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 first recital of the season. 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.


Terry Riley's In C with the Aizuri Quartet
featuring members of eighth blackbird and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble
Thursday, December 11 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

The SEI Innovation Studio transforms into a social, club-style lounge for two performances featuring an unconventional, up-close-and-personal take on classical music. Curtis's 2014-15 string quartet in residence, the Aizuri Quartet, will curate a live, multimedia soundscape hearkening to 1964, feauring an "in the round" performance to commemmorate the 50th anniversary of Terry Riley's groundbreaking minimalist composition, In C. This innovative musical evening features members of Grammy-winning chamber ensemble eighth blackbird, the school's ensemble in residence, and Curtis students as part of contemporary music ensemble Curtis 20/21.


Jonathan Biss and Miriam Fried Residency Recital
Friday, January 23 at 8 p.m.

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

Distinguished artists Miriam Fried, violin, and Jonathan Biss, piano ('01), return to Curtis, working with students in master classes and chamber music coachings. Acclaimed both as soloists and chamber musicians, this year they will give duo recitals in Austin, New York, Washington, and in Boston, where they will play the complete Bartók and Brahms Violin Sonatas. Mr. Biss has been a member of Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center, is a frequent participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, and often collaborates with such chamber ensembles as the Borromeo Quartet and Mendelssohn Quartet, of which Ms. Fried is a member. Jonathan Biss holds the Neubauer Family Chair in Piano Studies. This recital, curated by the artists in residence and featuring Curtis students, is part of a continuing series offering the Beethoven violin sonatas.


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.

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 artists, 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 funded 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.



The Aizuri Quartet at the Barnes Foundation
Sunday, February 1 at 3:30 p.m.

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Designed to complement the William Glackens exhibition, the February 1 recital features the Aizuri Quartet and a world premiere of a work by Alyssa Weinberg, followed by a 4 p.m. lecture. Part of an ongoing series during Free First Sundays at the Barnes. More information: www.barnesfoundation.org.



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.



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 artists, 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 funded 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 mulitple Grammy Award-winning ensemble most recently won Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their album Meanwhile (Cedille Records).



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 the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble. 


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.


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.
 


Family Concerts

Fall Family Concert: "Under the Sea"
Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Come hear the musical fairytale The Seahorse and the Crab, and meet the young musicians and their instruments that bring this tale to life! This interactive concert is a great way for children and parents alike to explore the world of music. 

 

Family Concert: "A 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

Explore the wonderful world of music with your child through Stravinsky's lively L'histoire du soldat (A Soldier's Tale) performed by Curtis students. 

 

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


 

Special Concerts and Collaborations

 

World Premiere: Curtis and Pennsylvania Ballet at FringeArts
Saturday, September 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 7 at 2 p.m.

Fringe Arts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

Experiments on the frontier of dance: Pennsylvania Ballet joins forces with Curtis-connected composers in "What I Learned About Outer Space", featuring Ensemble39, a Philadelphia-based chamber group of Curtis alumni. New works by adventurous choreographers Zoe Scofield, Itamar Serussi, and Georg Reischl are performed to music written by Curtis composition students Rene Orth and Alyssa Weinberg.

Tickets: $29, available from www.FringeArts.com


Performance Today at Curtis
Wednesday, October 15 at 8 p.m. 
Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Fred Child, host of American Public Media's Performance Today, comes to Curtis for a lively evening of great music and conversation. The program highlights works by Curtis alumni and faculty, including many Curtis On Tour commissions. Artists, tickets, and broadcast information for this unique event are available at www.curtis.edu/PerformanceToday.



Terry Riley's In C with the Aizuri Quartet
featuring members of eighth blackbird and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble
Thursday, December 11 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

The SEI Innovation Studio transforms into a social, club-style lounge for two performances featuring an unconventional, up-close-and-personal take on classical music. Curtis's 2014-15 string quartet in residence, the Aizuri Quartet, will curate a live, multimedia soundscape hearkening to 1964, featuring an "in the round" performance to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Terry Riley's groundbreaking minimalist composition, In C. This innovative musical evening features members of the Grammy-winning chamber ensemble eighth blackbird, the school's ensemble in residence, and Curtis students as part of contemporary music ensemble Curtis 20/21.

Tickets: $10, available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or www.kimmelcenter.org.

Ticket-holders receive one free, themed cocktail with purchase and are encouraged to immerse themselves in the experience by dressing in mod-style clothing à la 1964!



Music in the Galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Curtis musicians perform innovative solo and chamber programs in various galleries one Saturday each month, exploring the fascinating relationship between music and art. Free with museum admission, recitals take place at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.

Saturday, December 13: Winter Winds
Knight Foundation Gallery 204

A seasonally inspired program for wind quintet in the medieval cloister, with works by Palestrina, Ligeti, and Katerina Kramarchuk.

Saturday, February 21: Expression/Introspection
Gallery 155

Works by Beethoven and Janáček underscore the complelling effects of art and music. Featuring the Aizuri Quartet, Curtis's string quartet in residence.

Saturday, March 28: The Large Bathers
Galleries 161 and 164

A distinctive mix of strings and winds takes center stage in the Museum's rotunda with Ensemble39.

Saturday, April 18: Four Seasons
Gallery 159
A quartet of composers comprise this program for violin duo.

Music in the Galleries is supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP.



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 20/21

What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow, featuring the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble
Presented by Washington Performing Arts
Sunday, December 14 at 6 p.m.
Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Rob Kapilow, conductor
Curtis 20/21 Ensemble

COPLAND - Appalachian Spring Suite

What makes great music great? Rob Kapilow will show you with his unique and engaging way of taking you inside the music. Watch and listen as he unravels a piece, slows it down, then reconstructs key passages in ways that reveal what makes a particular composition so extraordinary. Theatermania.com called it "a knockout combination of entertainment and education." This program features the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble performing Copland’s famous Appalachian Spring Suite.

Tickets available from Washington Performing Arts at www.washingtonperformingarts.org or (202) 785-9727.
 


90th Anniversary Gala

 

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.

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