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Curtis on Tour Performs in Athens, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Shanghai Sept 28-Oct 13

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PHILADELPHIA—September 28, 2016— Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative, launches the 2016–17 season with performances by students, faculty, and alumni in Athens, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Shanghai September 28 to October 13.

Touring musicians include Curtis faculty members and acclaimed soloists Jason Vieaux (guitar) and Curtis President Roberto Díaz (Viola ’84). They are joined by current student Jean Kim (cello) and alumnus Nigel Armstrong (Violin ’13). Leon McCawley (Piano ’95) joins the ensemble in Athens, and Jie Chen (Piano ’06) performs in Shanghai. 

The four Athens performances from September 28 to October 1 are presented by the Schwarz Foundation and the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies. Due to the immense popularity of Curtis on Tour’s 2015 debut concerts in Athens, all four performances will be streamed live by the Gennadius Library on September 28, 29, 30 and October 1 at 1:30 p.m. EST (8:30 p.m. in Greece). 

These concerts feature works for solo piano by Chopin, Haydn, and Schubert; works for solo guitar by Bach, Henze, Ellington, Albéniz and others; and chamber works by Brahms, Kodály, Paganini, Piazzolla, and Zhou Tian (Composition ’05). 

A highlight of the Asia portion of the tour is Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs by composer Zhou Tian, a piece originally commissioned for and premiered by Curtis on Tour in 2011. The quartet for guitar, violin, viola, and cello is a musical journey inspired by the mountains and cliffs of Sichuan, China. In the composer’s words, “I could not think of a better combination of instruments than the guitar and strings…to express a sense of tenderness and vivid energy associated with those mystic mountains.”

All performances in Greece and Asia are part of Curtis on Tour, recently named the Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative in recognition of an extraordinary $55 million gift from Curtis Board Chair Nina von Maltzahn. An embodiment of the school’s “learn by doing” philosophy, it offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performances, musicians offer master classes, interactive programs, and community engagement activities while on tour. Curtis on Tour also facilitates solo performances of Curtis students and alumni with professional orchestras and recital series. Since the program was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have performed more than 200 concerts in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
 

CURTIS ON TOUR IN GREECE AND ASIA 2016

Nigel Armstrong, violin (’13)
Roberto Diaz, viola (’84)
Jean Kim, cello 
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Leon McCawley, piano ('95) - Athens
Jie Chen, piano (’06) - Shanghai
 

ATHENS 

Recital by Leon McCawley, piano
Wednesday, September 28 at 8:30 p.m.

American School of Classical Studies, Cotsen Hall


HAYDN Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII:6

SCHUBERT Fantasie in C major, D. 760 (“Wandererfantasie”)

SCHUBERT “Die junge Nonne” D. 828, arr. Liszt

SCHUBERT “Du bist die Ruh,” D. 776, arr. Liszt

SCHUBERT “Auf dem Wasser zu singen,” D. 774, arr. Liszt

CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
 

Recital by Jason Vieaux, guitar
Thursday, September 29 at 8:30 p.m.

American School of Classical Studies, Cotsen Hall


BUSTAMANTE Misionera, arr. Jorge Morel

BACH Suite in E minor for Lute, BWV 996

ALBÉNIZ Capricho Catalán

ALBÉNIZ Torre Bermeja, transcr. Miguel Llobet

BELLINATI Jongo 

HENZE Drei Tentos

JOBIM A Felicidade, transcribed by Roland Dyens

ELLINGTON “In a Sentimental Mood”

 

Friday, September 30 at 8:30 p.m.

American School of Classical Studies, Cotsen Hall

BRAHMS Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101

BRAHMS Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

 

Saturday, October 1 at 8:30 p.m.

American School of Classical Studies, Cotsen Hall


KODÁLY Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7

ZHOU Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs

PAGANINI Quartet in A minor, M.S. 42

Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library is presented by the Schwarz Foundation in collaboration with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. For more information, visit http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/gennadius/news-events.

 

SEOUL

Monday, October 3 at 8 p.m.

Artist House

KODÁLY Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7

PIAZZOLLA Histoire du tango

ZHOU Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs

PAGANINI Quartet in A minor, M.S. 42

For more information, visit TheHouseConcert.com.

 

Tuesday, October 4 at 8 p.m.

Café Seung Su

KODÁLY Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7

PIAZZOLLA Histoire du tango

ZHOU Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs

PAGANINI Quartet in A minor, M.S. 42

For more information, visit CafeSeongSu.

 

HONG KONG

Friday, October 7 at 8 p.m.

Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

KODÁLY Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7

PIAZZOLLA Histoire du tango

ZHOU Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs

PAGANINI Quartet in A minor, M.S. 42

 

Presented by Premiere Performances of Hong Kong. For tickets and more information, visit www.pphk.org.

 

SHANGHAI

Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Shanghai Concert Hall

CHEN/HE Butterfly Lovers Fantasy, trans. Jie Chen

ZHOU Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs

PIAZZOLLA Histoire du tango

ELLINGTON “In a Sentimental Mood,” arr. Vieaux

BELLINATI Jongo

BRAHMS Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Presented by the University of Shanghai Science and Technology (USST). For tickets and more information, visit ShanghaiConcertHall.org

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