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A New Season of the Award-Winning Student Recital Series Begins Tonight

Free performances most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Curtis now through May

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PHILADELPHIA, PA—October 17, 2014—A new season of the Student Recital Series begins tonight at the Curtis Institute of Music, continuing its celebrated legacy as the leading concert stage for some of the world's finest young musicians. With over 100 free recitals every year that allow the public to enjoy exceptional concerts in the intimacy of Field Concert Hall, the series was named Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly® 2014 Best Free Show
 
Now through May, students perform solo and chamber works in Field Concert Hall (1726 Locust Street) and occasionally in Gould Rehearsal Hall at Lenfest Hall (1616 Locust Street) most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8 p.m., as well as many weekends. Additional recitals and times are added in the winter and spring. Admission is free and no tickets are required.
 
A highlight of the Student Recital Series is renowned guest artists and faculty coaching and often performing alongside students. The 2014–15 season features percussion ensemble NEXUS, cellist Gary Hoffman, and students coached by pianist Jonathan Biss ('01) and violinist Miriam Fried. The series also includes innovative collaborations between the brass and percussion departments and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's Bravo Brass Ensemble and graduation recitals by students about to launch their professional careers. In addition Curtis welcomes the Aizuri Quartet, string quartet in residence for the 2014–15 school year, and the BOK Trio, Curtis's new ArtistYear fellows, for performances throughout the season. 
 
For a complete listing of each week's performances on the Student Recital Series, visit www.curtis.edu/StudentRecitals or call the recital hotline: (215) 893-5261. Additional recitals and times are added in the winter and spring. 
 
Highlights from the Student Recital Series can be seen on television with WHYY's On Stage at Curtis, which launched a new season of performances on October 5, airing Saturdays and Sundays at 6 p.m. on Channel 12. Recitals are also featured on the radio with WWFM's Curtis Calls, airing every Wednesday at noon and repeated Mondays at 10 p.m. on digital radio station 89.5 HD2. Visit www.curtis.edu/multimedia to stream Curtis recitals with Instant Encore or watch HD video on Curtis Performs.
 
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.
 

Fall and Winter Featured Recitals

Student Recital Series Debut
Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
 
CHOPIN  Mazurkas, Op. 56
Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49           
Kate Liu, piano
 
HINDEMITH  Sonata, Op. 25, No. 1
Ren Martin-Doike, viola
 
HIGDON Echo Dash
Nocturne from String poetic
Gergana Haralampieva, violin
George Xiaoyuan Fu, piano
 
POULENC Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano
BOK Trio
Alexandra von der Embse, oboe ('12)
Wade Coufal, bassoon ('14)
Michelle Cann, piano ('13)
 
 
Curtis Brass and Percussion Ensemble with the Bravo Brass Ensemble of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
Monday, November 10 at 8 p.m.
Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia
 
Blair Bollinger, conductor
 
The Curtis Brass and Percussion Ensemble performs a program of Viennese music, including works by Richard Strauss in celebration of his 150th birthday and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's 75th anniversary. Curtis students will be joined by the PYO's Bravo Brass ensemble for three of Strauss's largest brass ensemble works including Festmusik der Stadt Vien and Feirlicher Einzug, and Curtis faculty member Jennifer Montone performs a horn concerto written by Richard's father, Franz Strauss. 
 
 
NEXUS Residency Recital
Friday, November 14 at 8 p.m.
Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia
 
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.
 
 
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
 
Students coached by Miriam Fried, violin, and Jonathan Biss, piano ('01), perform on the Student Recital Series. 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 at Curtis.
 
 
Gary Hoffman Residency Recital
Friday, January 30 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
 
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. 
 
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