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Curtis Summerfest Launches a New Faculty Recital Series July 24

Performances take place on select days July through August

New series showcases distinguished chamber musicians from the Curtis Summerfest faculty

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PHILADELPHIA, PA--June 4, 2015--A new Curtis Summerfest Faculty Recital Series kicks off this summer with a performance on Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. This exciting new series presents the distinguished Summerfest faculty, many of whom are Curtis alumni, in three recitals that are open to the public.

The recitals in the series take place in Field Concert Hall on Friday, July 24; Friday, July 31; and Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m. at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Single tickets are $15; three-concert subscriptions are $40. Tickets are available beginning May 22 from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/SummerTickets.

On Friday, July 24, hear Jessica Lee (Violin '01) and Peter Stumpf (Cello '85), members of the Johannes Quartet, alongside other Curtis Summerfest faculty in Dvorák's transformative String Quartet No. 2. Beloved Philadelphia recitalist Charles Abramovic (Piano '76) performs Mendelssohn's first sonata for cello and piano with Angela Park (Cello '07), principal cellist of the Seoul Philharmonic. The program also includes works by Koppel and Andersson, performed by the young percussionists of the Arx Duo.

On Friday, July 31, Amy Lee ('05), associate concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Priscilla Lee ('03), principal cello of Opera Philadelphia, join with other Curtis Summerfest faculty in works by Dvorák and David Ludwig, artistic director of the Young Artist Summer Program. YASP Program Director Amy Yang (Piano '06) and Charles Abramovic (Piano '76) play a Poulenc sonata; and Debussy's Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp is performed by Mimi Stillman (Flute '99), Toby Appel (Viola '70), and Kim Rowe.

The final recital of the series takes place on Thursday, August 6. Hear Katherine Needleman ('99), principal oboe of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Steven Copes ('94), concertmaster of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, alongside other Curtis Summerfest faculty in Mozart's Oboe Quartet in F major. Weston Sprott (Trombone '06) of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra performs music by Ravel; and the program also includes works from YASP composition faculty Shinuh Lee and David Ludwig.

Musicians young and old explore classical music and "learn by doing" at Curtis Summerfest, the Curtis Institute of Music's series of summer programs open to the public. Now in its fourth year, Summerfest has already brought students from seven different countries and across the United States to Curtis, ranging in age from 12 to 88.

Designed for students at a variety of skill levels, programs include Chamber Music and Orchestra for Adults, Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class, Young Artist Summer Program, and the new, expanded Young Artist Voice and Collaborative Piano Program. Summerfest faculty includes Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, active soloists and chamber musicians, eminent Curtis faculty members, distinguished alumni, and students who serve as Curtis Artist Teachers.

One of the world's finest and most selective conservatories, the Curtis Institute of Music offers a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture to 175 students from all corners of the world. Nurtured by a celebrated faculty, its extraordinary young musicians graduate to join 4,000 alumni who have long made music history. From Leonard Bernstein to Alan Gilbert, Samuel Barber to Jennifer Higdon, Anna Moffo to Eric Owens, Richard Goode to Jonathan Biss, Curtis alumni personify the school's commitment to excellence--onstage and in their communities--inventing careers with impact.

A busy schedule of performances, including more than 200 a year in Philadelphia and around the world, is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. Dedicated to a tradition of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1924, Curtis is looking toward its centenary in a flexible and forward-thinking way, evolving strategically to serve its time-honored mission.

Curtis Summerfest Faculty Recital Series
Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m.

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

MENDELSSOHN - Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano in B-flat Major, Op. 45
Angela Park, cello
Charles Abramovic, piano

KOPPEL - Toccata for Marimba and Vibraphone
ANDERSSON - The lonelyness of Santa Claus
CHOPIN -  Etude No.4, Op. 10 in C Sharp Minor for Two Marimbas
Arx Duo (Mari Yoshinaga and Garrett Arney)

DVORÁK - String Quintet No. 2, Op.77
Jessica Lee, violin 
Rebecca Harris, violin
Brenton Caldwell viola
Peter Stumpf, cello
Mary Javian, double bass

Tickets: $15, season subscriptions $40; available beginning May 22 from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/SummerTickets.

Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m.
Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

DEBUSSY - Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp
Toby Appel, viola
Mimi Stillman, flute
Kim Rowe, harp

LUDWIG - Pale Blue Dot
Amy Lee, violin
Rebecca Harris, violin
Brenton Caldwell, viola
Priscilla Lee, cello

POULENC - Sonata for One Piano, Four Hands, PF8
Amy Yang, primo
Charles Abramovic, secundo

DVORÁK - Piano Trio No.4 in E Minor, Op. 90 ("Dumky")
Amy Lee, violin
Rebecca Harris, violin
Priscilla Lee, cello
Amy Yang, piano

Tickets: $15, season subscriptions $40; available beginning May 22 from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/SummerTickets.

Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m.
Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

RAVEL - Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Weston Sprott, trombone

MOZART - Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
Katherine Needleman, oboe
Steven Copes, violin
Toby Appel, viola
Soo Bae Suh, cello

TBA - Horn/Piano Sonata 
Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn
Patrick Kreeger, piano

LEE - Lament-O, the daughter of Zion! (2014)
Mimi Stillman, flute
Patrick Kreeger, piano

LUDWIG - Swan Song (2013)
Steven Copes, violin
Amy Yang, piano

Tickets: $15, season subscriptions $40; available beginning May 22 from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/SummerTickets.

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