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October 23-25, 2013

Young Artist in Residence: The Dover Quartet

Curtis's string quartet in residence, the Dover Quartet, featured over three days of in-studio interviews with host Fred Child and exclusive musical performances. America’s most popular classical music radio program, Performance Today reaches over 1.3 million weekly listeners on more than 260 stations around the country.


October 17, 2013

Curtis Opera's 'Emperor of Atlantis,' written in a concentration camp

"Juxtaposed with the Bach cantata Ich habe genug (a life-weary piece that acts as a prelude and postscript to the opera), the total package was a significant artistic event in the fall opera season."

October 23, 2013

Curtis Orchestra lights up Verizon Hall

"By the time this program conducted (mostly) by Michael Stern arrived in Verizon Hall, two professional characteristics were bubbling away: solos of fully realized personality, and an ensemble identity that seemed to be inventing itself on the spot."

Composer Ned Rorem at 90: Still playing

"Those celebrating his birthday are doing so widely. His magnum opus song cycle, Evidence of Things Not Seen, will be heard Wednesday at Curtis' Field Concert Hall and also will be part of Curtis on Tour in several U.S. cities." 







September 17, 2013

Online courses: Music education for all?

One of the world’s most elite music academies is offering courses online -- and thousands of people of different musical abilities are signing up. Can web learning make classical music accessible to all?




May 14, 2013

Curtis Institute expands again - online

"The Curtis Institute of Music has built a roomy new stage, and it is accessible to nearly anyone who can type Performances by Curtis students, faculty and alumni are being loaded onto the site, making available for free videos of ebullient Mendelssohn string quintets, contemplative Piazzolla guitar works, popular Rossini arias and other pieces."





February 22, 2013

You Can Now Take Classes From the Most Selective College in the Country on Coursera

"Curtis has long been known as an elite place, but it will offer two courses through Coursera next year."


December 5, 2012

Curtis on Tour hits the highway to Columbia

"You can make the effort to go to a music school either as a student or at least to attend a concert, but how sweet it is when the music school comes to you. Curtis On Tour performs in Columbia, MD."


December 2012

The Curtis Institute of Music and Zarett Rehab and Fitness Forge a New Fitness Routine

"Curtis has teamed up with Philadelphia's Zarett Rehab and Fitness to set the next generation of singers on the path toward a sustainable lifestyle and lucrative career."


October 2, 2012

High-tech duet illustrates the power of a brand-new Internet

The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia plans to use Internet2 to allow students to work with teachers around the world.


August 20, 2012

All-classical radio returns to Philly, by way of central Jersey

WWFM debuts weekly radio program "Curtis Calls," featuring performances from the Curtis Student Recital Series on digital channel 89.5 HD2







DNN-ONLINE.DE :: May 15, 2012

Old and New Worlds: Curtis students play in Dresden
They embody passion, precision, and, despite their youth, an already astonishing musical maturity.

SZ-ONLINE.DE :: May 17, 2012

Dresden Music Festival has first highlights
The "Heart of Europe" beats and strikes a chord with music fans. The Dresden Music Festival looks thematically to the center of Europe and is accompanied by celebrities and young musicians from the US.

MUSIK-IN-DRESDEN.DE :: May 19, 2012

"Heart of Europe" with a Pacemaker from Overseas
The young Curtis Symphony Orchestra enlivened the first days of the music festival--a short European tour now follows.


"Let's Dance" conquers the Atlantic
Dresden students were acclaimed for their performance by the audience.


Swaying between Sadness and Happiness
Inspiring dance and a phenomenal orchestra--once again there was jubilation for the youth project "Let's Dance!"


February 17, 2012

Curtis piano teacher, 97, still going strong

6ABC's Alicia Vitarelli visits with Curtis faculty member Eleanor Sokoloff, who has been teaching at the school for over 75 years.


February 14, 2012

Mellon Funds 3-Year, $450K eighth blackbird Residency at Curtis

Curtis will partner with pioneering contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird to create a residency aimed at preparing students for 21st-century careers.



December 4, 2011

The Curtis Factor: Video, music, stories, and more at  

What makes this ultra-selective conservatory so special? Meet students, faculty, and alumni, hear original Curtis music, and explore the rich history of this Philadelphia treasure.


October 25, 2011

Curtis musicians bring the sound of renewal to Verizon

Review of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra's October 23 concert with Michael Stern and Jonathan Biss


September 6, 2011

Lenfest Hall opens a new era for Curtis Institute of Music

Curtis opens the new 105,000-square-foot Lenfest Hall on the 1600 block of Locust Street


February 17, 2011

Sound That's Lush and Slow, Speedy and Precise

Review of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra's February 15 performance at Carnegie Hall with Hilary Hahn and Juanjo Mena


February 16, 2011

Higdon's Violin Concerto in Philadelphia Premiere

Review of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra's February 14 performance in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center


October 8, 2010

Onetime Teacher, Student Find Success as Composer, Violinist

Jennifer Higdon and Hilary Hahn discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning Violin Concerto


April 26, 2010 

Brilliance from Curtis' ephemeral orchestra

Peter Dobrin's review of the April 24 Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert


April 22, 2010

Despite Anxiety and Naysayers, Composer Winds Her Pulitzer

Profile of Curtis faculty member Jennifer Higdon, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music


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