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Kids Explore Music in the Curtis Institute of Music's Interactive Fall Family Concert, "Under the Sea," November 2

Featuring the musical fairytale The Seahorse and the Crab by faculty member Michael Djupstrom ('11)

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PHILADELPHIA, PA—October 28, 2014—On Sunday, November 2, families will sing, clap, and learn about music together at the Curtis Institute of Music's "Under the Sea" Fall Family Concerts at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. During each hour-long concert, Curtis students perform Michael Djupstrom's musical fairytale, The Seahorse and the Crab, featuring the trumpet and cello as the story's two main characters. Best enjoyed by children ages five and older, these interactive concerts are a great way for children and parents alike to explore the world of music.

The Seahorse and the Crab, an underwater adaptation of the well-known fable The Tortoise and the Hare, is narrated by Curtis alum and acclaimed baritone Allen Boxer. The featured roles of the hermit crab and seahorse are played by cellist Timotheos Petrin and trumpet player Alexander Greene. Other instruments that provide the sounds of the underwater adventure are flute (Lydia Roth), piano (Yijia Wang), and percussion (Won Suk Lee).

The November family concerts take place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia. 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 This Curtis Family Concert is supported by PECO.

Curtis in the Community
Family concerts are one of many ways that the Curtis Institute of Music makes an impact in the community, through its commitment to educating and training 21st-century artist-citizens. Students and alumni participate in residencies throughout the greater Philadelphia area to engage a broad range of audiences. During the 2014–15 school year, Curtis collaborates with elementary and high schools, senior living facilities, live music venues, health care settings, and cultural partners around Philadelphia. In addition, students participate through curricular initiatives such as Social Entrepreneur and the Community Artist Program, and alumni commit to a year of service through Curtis's new ArtistYear program. Globally, students engage communities through Curtis on Tour.

About the Curtis Institute of Music
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. Recent graduates forging 21st-century careers include Stanford Thompson, CEO of Play On, Philly!; the musicians of genre-crossing trio Time for Three (Zach De Pue, Nick Kendall, and Ranaan Meyer); and Yvonne Lam, violinist in the groundbreaking contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird.

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.


Fall Family Concert: "Under the Sea"
Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

DJUPSTROM The Seahorse and the Crab
Allen Boxer (Opera '11), narrator
Lydia Roth, flute
Timotheos Petrin, cello
Alexander Greene, trumpet
Won Suk Lee, percussion
Yijia Wang, piano

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

The November 2 Curtis Family Concert is supported by PECO.

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