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2016-17 Season by Series

In addition to the events listed below, student recitals of solo and chamber music take place most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8 p.m. in Field Concert Hall, as well as many weekends, with additional recitals scheduled in the spring semester. Recitals are open to the public free of charge. For the most up-to-date program information for each week’s recitals, visit www.curtis.edu/Calendar or call the Student Recital Hotline at (215) 893-5261.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Curtis Symphony Orchestra

 

CURTIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts

Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, Pa. 


Sunday, May 7 at 8 p.m.

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano (’64)
Conner Gray Covington, conducting fellow 

BARBER   Adagio for Strings
BRAHMS Concerto No. 1 in D Minor for Piano, Op. 15
STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (A Hero’s Life)
 
In homage to a master nurtured at Curtis, Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings opens this memorable evening. Then the Minnesota Orchestra’s charismatic music director, Osmo Vänskä, joins forces with the formidable Peter Serkin in the monumental Piano Concerto No. 1 by Brahms. Continuing the theme of heroic struggle leading to ultimate triumph is Ein Heldenleben, Strauss’s autobiographical epic.
 
Allentown:
Tickets and more information: Millersymphonyhall.org

Philadelphia:
Single tickets: $5–$50 sold by the Kimmel Center Box Office, Kimmelcenter.org or (215) 893-1999.
 

Curtis Presents

The Curtis Presents season is sponsored by Blank Rome LLP. Live streaming of performances in 2016-17 is made possible by BNP Paribas.

 

CURTIS PRESENTS: CARTER BREY

Sunday, February 26 at 3 p.m.

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

Carter Brey, cello 
Benjamin Pasternack, piano (’76)

SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
BERNSTEIN Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, transcr. Benjamin Pasternack
CARTER       Cello Sonata
KIRCHNER   For Solo Cello
CHOPIN       Sonata in G minor, Op. 65

Carter Brey has been a force in classical music for over 35 years. As a soloist he has appeared with numerous major American orchestras. As a chamber musician he has performed and recorded with an elite circle of musical partners. He has been principal cello of the New York Philharmonic for the past 20 years and joined the Curtis faculty in 2008. He will be joined in this duo recital by pianist Benjamin Pasternack. 

Single tickets: $25 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902.

Mr. Brey holds the Nina and Billy Albert Chair in Cello Studies.

 

 

CURTIS PRESENTS: ELLIOT MADORE

Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m.

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

Elliot Madore, baritone (’10)
Mikael Eliasen, piano

Since his win at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Canadian baritone Elliot Madore has captivated audiences from many of the world’s pre-eminent opera stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Opernhaus Zürich. He’ll bring his superb voice and artistry to the intimate stage of Field Concert Hall alongside pianist Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre. 
 
Single tickets: $25 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902.
 
 

 
 

CURTIS PRESENTS: ROBERT VAN SICE AND THE CURTIS PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia
 
As a celebrated ambassador for contemporary percussion music, Robert van Sice has shared his virtuosity and artistry at major music centers in over 30 countries, including the first-ever solo marimba recital at Amsterdam’s hallowed Concertgebouw. His current and former students occupy the highest echelons of solo, chamber, and orchestral percussionists performing today. A member of the Curtis faculty since 2008, he is joined by the students of the Curtis Percussion Ensemble in an unforgettable afternoon of chamber music.

Single tickets: $25 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/tickets or (215) 893-7902.

 

 


Curtis Opera Theatre

 

DOCTOR ATOMIC: CURTIS OPERA THEATRE
Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Timothy Myers, conductor
R.B. Schlather, stage director
Paul Tate dePoo III, set designer
Terese Wadden, costume designer
JAX Messenger, lighting designer
Michael Kiley, sound designer

ADAMS Doctor Atomic

At the dawn of the nuclear age, scientists at Los Alamos prepare to test the first atomic bomb while pondering the massive destructive power of the force they will soon unleash. “A moving and compelling work of moral, as well as musical, grandeur” (DailyTelegraph), this compelling drama by John Adams captures the conflicted soul of an era. 

Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in English with supertitles.
 
Single tickets: $10, $35 sold by the Kimmel Center Box Office, Kimmelcenter.org or (215) 893-1999.

This production is sponsored in part by Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman. The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation.
 
 

LA RONDINE: CURTIS OPERA THEATRE
Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Kensho Watanabe, conductor (’13, ’15)
Stephanie Havey, stage director
Brandon McNeel, set designer
Matthew Pedersen, costume designer
Jeff Harris, lighting designer

PUCCINI La rondine
 
Money buys happiness but not true love for Magda, the heroine of Puccini’s comic opera. Abandoning her lavish life with a rich banker for the affection of a poor young student, she realizes, heartbroken, that she is unworthy of his marriage proposal. Evocative waltzes and glowing melodies enliven Puccini’s elegant score.
 
Single tickets: $10, $35 sold by the Kimmel Center Box Office, Kimmelcenter.org or (215) 893-1999.

This production is sponsored in part by Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman. The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation.

Curtis on tour

 

CURTIS ON TOUR IN EUROPE
The Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative
May 20–June 2
 

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Benjamin Schmid, violin (’91)
Roberto Díaz, viola (’84)
Peter Serkin, piano (’64)
Curtis Symphony Orchestra 

 

HELSINKI, FINLAND

Saturday, 20 May at 7 p.m.

Helsinki Music Centre

Presented by the Sibelius Academy

 

RAVEL               Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

PENDERECKI     Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra

                                    Benjamin Schmid, violin

                                    Roberto Díaz, viola

STRAUSS          Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

  

Purchase tickets here

 

 

BREMEN, GERMANY

Monday, 22 May at 8 p.m.

Die Glocke

Presented by the Philharmonische Gesellschaft Bremen

 

RAVEL               Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

PENDERECKI     Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra

                                    Benjamin Schmid, violin

                                    Roberto Díaz, viola

BRAHMS            Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15

                                    Peter Serkin, piano

 

 

Purchase tickets here

 

 

BERLIN, GERMANY

Tuesday, 23 May at 8 p.m.

Konzerthaus Berlin, Grosser Saal

Presented in cooperation with Young Euro Classic

 

RAVEL               Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

PENDERECKI     Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra

                                    Benjamin Schmid, violin

                                    Roberto Díaz, viola

BRAHMS            Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15

                                    Peter Serkin, piano

 

Purchase tickets here

 

 

DRESDEN, GERMANY

Wednesday, 24 May at 8 p.m.

Kulturpalast Dresden

Presented by the Dresden Music Festival

 

BRAHMS           Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15

                                    Peter Serkin, piano

STRAUSS          Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

 

Purchase tickets here

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND

Friday, 26 May at 7:30 p.m.

Cadogan Hall

 

BRAHMS           Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15

                                    Peter Serkin, piano

STRAUSS          Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

 

Purchase tickets here.

 

 

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

Monday, 29 May at 7:30 p.m.

Mozarteum, Grosser Saal

Presented by Kulturvereinigung in cooperation with Mozarteum University Salzburg

 

RAVEL              Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

PENDERECKI     Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra

                                    Benjamin Schmid, violin

                                    Roberto Díaz, viola

BRAHMS           Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15

                                    Peter Serkin, piano

 

Purchase tickets here

 

 

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Tuesday, 30 May at 7:30 p.m.

Wiener Konzerthaus, Grosser Saal

Presented by Jeunesse

 

RAVEL              Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

PENDERECKI     Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra

                                    Benjamin Schmid, violin

                                    Roberto Díaz, viola

BRAHMS           Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15

                                    Peter Serkin, piano

 

Purchase tickets here

 

 

WROCLAW, POLAND

Wednesday, 31 May at 7 p.m.

Wroclaw National Music Forum

Presented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association

 

RAVEL              Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

PENDERECKI     Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra

                                    Benjamin Schmid, violin

                                    Roberto Díaz, viola

BRAHMS           Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15

                                    Peter Serkin, piano 

 

Purchase tickets here.

 

 

LUSLAWICE, POLAND

Friday, 2 June at 7 p.m.

Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music

Presented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association in cooperation with the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music

 

RAVEL              Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

PENDERECKI     Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra

                                    Benjamin Schmid, violin

                                    Roberto Díaz, viola

STRAUSS          Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 

Purchase tickets here

 


Program details and more information: Curtis.edu/CurtisOnTour 

 


Special Concerts and Collaborations

 

 

MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES AT THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART
Saturday, March 18
Saturday, April 15

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
 

Music and art complement each other in these imaginatively curated programs, presented on select Saturdays. Free with museum admission, recitals take place at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m. 

 
More information: Curtis.edu/Galleries
 
Music in the Galleries is generously supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP. 
 
 

CURTIS AT LONGWOOD GARDENS

Saturday, February 18 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 26 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m.

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa. 
 
The longstanding collaboration between Curtis and Longwood Gardens continues in the spring of 2016 with student recitals held in the auditorium of this exquisite estate. Recitals free with Longwood admission.
 
Tickets and more information: available from Longwood Gardens at (610) 388-1000 or Longwoodgardens.org.


Family Concerts

 

 

THE JUNGLE BOOK WITH PENNSYLVANIA BALLET II
Saturday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 26 at 2 p.m.

Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

In a reprise of last season's sold-out family concert, The Jungle Book returns to Philadelphia, with dancers from Pennsylvania Ballet II performing alongside Curtis musicians. This original ballet production was specially created for families with children ranging from preschool through fifth grade. Choreographer and creator Colby Damon worked closely with composer John B. Hedges (Composition '02), set designer Sebastienne Mundheim, and costume designer Rebecca Kanach to bring to life a one-of-a-kind story in which a young boy learns about life and morality from the world and creatures around him.  

More information: www.paballet.org/jungle-book

Pennsylvania Ballet II's The Jungle Book is generously sponsored by Cigna.
 
 

SNOW WHITE: CURTIS FAMILY CONCERTS WITH PENNSYLVANIA BALLET II
Sunday, March 26 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Tailored to kids ages 5 to 12 but captivating for listeners of all ages, the immensely popular Curtis Family Concerts bring music alive for the entire family. Experience the tale of Snow White as she runs away from the evil queen and finds solace with seven friendly dwarfs. Watch as the witch convinces her to bite the poisoned apple and witness the magic of true love’s kiss. This one-hour ballet is choreographed by Samantha Dunster, assistant director of Pennsylvania Ballet, and features Curtis musicians performing an original score by Kermit Poling.
 
Single tickets: Adults: $10; children under 12: free sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902.

Curtis 20/21

 

Beyond Darmstadt: Part II 

SaturdayMarch 25 at 8 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall
Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street
Free, no tickets required

As the Darmstadt school exerted an aesthetic dominance over the middle part of the 20th century, a similarly strong reaction grew in response. A new group of American minimalists, neo-Romantics, and “Downtown” composers emerged to create a new ecology of vivid sounds and vibrant rhythm that redefined new music and initiated the post-Modern era of today. 

Streamed live on Curtis Performs and broadcast through Facebook Live.

Live streaming of Curtis performances in 2016-17 is made possible by BNP Paribas.


 

 

Student Recital Series

 

Student Recital Series Begins
Friday, October 14 at 8 p.m.

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

Recitals most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the school year, as well as many weekends; additional performances in the spring.

One of the most distinguished stages in Philadelphia, Field Concert Hall hosts exceptional free concerts by the world's top young musicians. Step inside the elegant mansion at 1726 Locust Street for over 100 free performances a year. Renowned guest artist also join Curtis students for special residency recitals throughout the season. The Student Recital Series is regularly featured in Philadelphia Magazine and was named Best Free Show in 2014. Highlights are featured year-round on Curtis Performs (Curtis.edu/CurtisPerforms), WHYY's On Stage at Curtis, and WWFM's Curtis Calls.

Free; no tickets or advance reservations required. General admission. For a complete listing of the week's performances, visit www.curtis.edu/Calendar or call (215) 893-5261.


 

 

The Curtis Institute of Music receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

General operating support for Curtis is provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

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