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Kids Explore Music and Art at the Fall Family Concert “The Four Seasons,” November 15

Presented in collaboration with the Philly Art Center, teaching artists guide drawings of each season while Curtis students perform

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PHILADELPHIA, PA--November 5, 2015--On Sunday, November 15 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., families explore the wonderful world of music through The Four Seasons, the Curtis Institute of Music's fall family concerts presented in collaboration with the Philly Art Center.

Journey through the four seasons with Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla, master of the tango, in an enchanting afternoon of music and art. Teaching artists from the Philly Art Center will help guide children to draw their own versions of each season while the Curtis students will provide connections between these drawings and the music. Best enjoyed by children ages five and older, these interactive concerts are a great way for children and parents alike to develop a lifelong love of music.

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is one of the composer's best-known works. This charming showcase of string instruments features four movements, each representing a season of the year. Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a lively set of tango compositions also representing the seasons, was arranged by Leonid Desyatnikov to be paired with Vivaldi's masterwork. Both played by the same group of string instruments, these two compositions will captivate listeners of all ages, bringing musical expression to the four seasons.

The November family concerts take place in Gould Rehearsal Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1616 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 www.curtis.edu. 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. The family concerts share classical music with young people and others in the community who may not otherwise have access to it. In addition, Curtis students participate in residencies at area schools, hospitals, senior centers, and community venues through curricular initiatives such as Social Entrepreneur and the Community Artist Program, as well as coaching young musicians around the world as part of Curtis on Tour. And through the Curtis ArtistYear Fellowship program, inspired by the Aspen Institute's Franklin Project challenge to create one million service-year positions created by 2023, recent graduates devote a year of paid service to the community.

About the Curtis Institute of Music
Drawing upon 90 years of artistry, the Curtis Institute of Music pairs tradition and innovation, educating exceptionally gifted young musicians as artist-citizens who engage a local and global community through music-making of the highest caliber. Each year 175 students come to Curtis, drawn by a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture. In this intimate environment, they are nurtured by a celebrated faculty and inspired by the school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach, offering more than 200 concerts each year in Philadelphia, as well as performances around the world through Curtis on Tour. Curtis reaches global audiences through Curtis Performs (curtis.edu/CurtisPerforms), the school's dedicated HD performance video site. Online music courses and Summerfest programs offer lifelong learners further ways to listen, explore, and learn.

The extraordinary young musicians of Curtis graduate to join 4,000 alumni who have long made music history. Each season leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series around the world feature Curtis alumni. They are in the front rank of soloists, composers, and conductors and hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra. Curtis graduates are musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities.

About Philly Art Center
Through classes, camps, parties, playgroups, and a full after-school program, Philly Art Center cultivates creative genius while fostering joy for self-expression. At three vibrant locations in Fairmount, Queen Village, and Cherry Hill, Philly Art Center serves as a community hub for creative education with art and music programs for all ages. Specially designed studios and award-winning curriculum taught by outstanding educators mark Philly Art Center as a leader in art education throughout the Philadelphia region.


Curtis Fall Family Concert: The Four Seasons
Presented in collaboration with the Philly Art Center
Sunday, November 15 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

PIAZZOLLA - The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, arranged by Leonid Desyatnikov
VIVALDI - The Four Seasons, Op. 8
Autumn
Summer
Winter
Spring

Brandon Garbot, violin
Gloria Ferry-Brennan, violin
Shannon Lee, violin
Kevin Lin, violin
Marié Rossano, violin
Stephen Tavani, violin
Sung Jin Lee, viola
Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong, viola
John-Henry Crawford, cello ('14)
Zachary Mowitz, cello
Robin Brawley, double bass
William Langlie-Miletich, double bass
Conner Gray Covington, conductor

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

The November 15 Curtis Family Concert is supported by PECO.

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