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Kimmel Center and Curtis Present 'A Soldier’s Tale' with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble

SEI Innovation Studio | Thursday, March 5, 8 p.m.

Experience Classical Music Like Never Before!
 
"Collaboration fever is yielding some of the more unexpected artistic masterstrokes in Philadelphia these days." —David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia, PA, February 24, 2015 – Following the success of two sold-out December performances in of Terry Riley's In C by the Aizuri Quartet, eighth blackbird, and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Curtis Institute of Music join forces again to redefine the traditional classical music experience. The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble returns to the Kimmel Center's SEI Innovation Studio with an exciting new performance of Stravinksy's A Soldier's Tale on March 5 at 8 p.m.  
 
Embracing an ever-growing trend of presenting classical music in a more casual environment, SEI Innovation Studio will be transformed into a social, club-style lounge with an up-close-and-personal performance promising a fresh take on a classical masterwork. 
 
The mission of this unique collaboration is to break down barriers and ignite conversations and connections. Audiences get an innovative classical music experience and interact in a curated conversation with a giant social media screen. A complimentary drink will be offered with purchase of ticket.

Curtis 20/21 Ensemble
STRAVINSKY: A Soldier's Tale
Jacob Winterstein, narrator
Thursday, March 5, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10
 
Flexible in size and scope, the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble performs a wide range of music from the 20th and 21st centuries. The ensemble has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Miller Theatre, and has collaborated with artists from eighth blackbird to Matthias Pintscher. Praised by the New York Times for its "passionate performances," the ensemble has presented portrait concerts of iconic composers John Corigliano, George Crumb, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Steven Stucky. The ensemble will reinterpret Igor Stravinsky's ageless morality fable A Soldier's Tale, with English narration by Jacob Winterstein, a poet and performing artist based in Philadelphia. He is also the co-founder and co-host of a monthly event entitled The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam.
 
Tickets for Curtis 20/21 Ensemble performance of Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale are available for $10 and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, at the Kimmel Center box office at Broad & Spruce Streets (open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts 
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center's mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of The Kimmel Center's 2014-2015 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org.
 
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. 
 
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.
 
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Press Contacts
Jennifer Kallend, Curtis Institute of Music
(215) 717-3190
jennifer.kallend@curtis.edu
 
Dafni D. Comerota, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
(215) 790-5847
ddcomerota@kimmelcenter.org
 
 

Press Contacts

Jennifer Kallend
Managing Director of External Affairs and Patron Engagement
(215) 717-3190
jennifer.kallend@curtis.edu


Diana Wensley
Communications Manager
(215) 717-3129
diana.wensley@curtis.edu


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