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A New Season of Free Student Recitals Begins October 23

Experience the music from anywhere in the world with live streamed recitals on Curtis Performs (Curtis.edu/CurtisPerforms) every Friday night

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PHILADELPHIA--October 13, 2015--A new season of the Curtis Institute of Music's award-winning Student Recital Series begins on Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m. Students perform solo and chamber works in Field Concert Hall at Curtis most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8 p.m., as well as many weekends. One of the most distinguished stages in Philadelphia, Field Concert Hall has hosted performances by countless Curtis alumni in the school's ninety year history. Admission is free and no tickets or advance reservations are required.

Those who can't make it to Philadelphia can still experience the incredible artistry and compelling performances on the Student Recital Series. Curtis Performs, the online stage of the Curtis Institute of Music, will stream recitals live from Curtis every Friday night at Curtis.edu/CurtisPerforms, beginning October 23. Additional video content is updated weekly and viewable from any device--desktop, phone, or tablet.

The opening recital on October 23 features the talented young musicians at Curtis and highlights the award-winning Aizuri Quartet performing Sibelius's Quartet for Strings in D Minor, "Voces Intimae." Among other highlights of the Student Recital Series is a residency recital on November 11 featuring works by the renowned composer Unsuk Chin, 2015-16 composer in residence at Curtis. This recital is the first in a five-part series presented by the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, part of the annual all-school project which focuses on the Darmstadt school of avant-garde composers who emerged in the early 1950s. On November 21 the Aizuri Quartet performs a residency recital featuring faculty member Jennifer Higdon's In the Shadow of Sirius, with soprano Rachel Sterrenberg, a Curtis alumna.

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.

With over 100 recitals every year that allow the public to enjoy exceptional concerts with some of the world's finest young musicians, the Student Recital Series was named Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly® 2014 Best Free Show. World-renowned guest faculty artists also join Curtis students for special residency recitals throughout the season on the series. 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 4, airing Saturdays and Sundays at 6 p.m. on Channel 12. Recitals are also featured on the radio with WWFM's Curtis Calls, airing Mondays at 10 p.m. and repeated Wednesdays at noon on digital radio station 89.5 HD2. 

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.

"One of the world's finest music academies" (BBC Culture), 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. And students hone 21st-century skills through social entrepreneurship programs that bring arts access and education to the community.

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. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities. To learn more, visit www.curtis.edu.

Fall and Winter Featured Recitals

Student Recital Series Debut
Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m.

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

SIBELIUS - Quartet for Strings in D Minor, "Voces Intimae"
Aizuri Quartet

Free; no tickets or advance reservations required. General admission. For more information, visit www.curtis.edu or call the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902.

Beyond Darmstadt
Wednesday, November 11 at 8 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Unsuk Chin, composer in residence
Curtis 20/21 Ensemble

Free; no tickets or advance reservations required. General admission. For more information, visit www.curtis.edu or call the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902.

The 2015-16 composer in residence program is supported by a grant from the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.

Aizuri Quartet Residency Recital
Saturday, November 21 at 8 p.m.

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

HIGDON - In the Shadow of Sirius
Aizuri Quartet
Rachel Sterrenberg, soprano ('15)

Free; no tickets or advance reservations required. General admission. For more information, visit www.curtis.edu or call the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902.

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