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Curtis and Longwood Gardens Launch Formal Partnership

Innovative Collaboration Builds on Successful Curtis Performances at Longwood

Initiative to Include Performances and Master Classes at Longwood and Landscaping for Curtis's New Lenfest Hall, Opening in 2011


The Curtis Institute of Music and Longwood Gardens are launching an exciting and innovative partnership that will bring Curtis performances and internationally recognized music education opportunities to Longwood Gardens. The partnership was announced tonight at the Curtis Season Premiere Gala by Roberto Díaz, president of the Curtis Institute of Music, and Paul Redman, director of Longwood Gardens, in the presence of trustees and supporters of both organizations.

"This initiative will bring new audiences and supporters to two cultural institutions with stellar reputations," said Mr. Díaz, "while supporting Curtis's efforts to recruit the best young musicians from around the world by creating new performance and educational opportunities." Added Mr. Redman, "Our partnership with Curtis creates a strong foundation for Longwood's further cultural expansion and recognition as a dynamic and unique performing arts venue."

Initial joint offerings include the following:

Graduation Recital Series: This series, successfully piloted during the past season, will feature Curtis students in the culminating performance experience of their studies. In spring 2010, six recitals will be offered by students from the Curtis Class of 2010.

Special Events: A sold-out concert in spring 2009, in which Curtis students performed Vivaldi's Four Seasons in the Longwood Gardens Conservatory accompanied by projected photographs of the gardens, will serve as the model for annual joint offerings.

Curtis On Tour: Performances in the Longwood Gardens Ballroom will feature the school's national touring ensemble in which Curtis students perform alongside faculty and alumni.

Master Classes: Curtis faculty will lead master classes for extraordinary young musicians at Longwood Gardens. Scheduled to begin in summer 2011, these programs will be open to the public and culminate with formal afternoon and evening concerts by the participating students, who will be competitively selected from around the world.

Lenfest Hall Streetscape: Longwood Gardens will consult on the design of the streetscape by the Locust and Latimer Street entrances of Curtis's new facility, scheduled to open in August 2011.

Lenfest Hall Terrace Design: Longwood Gardens will consult on the design of the outdoor terrace, a social and event space to be located above the fourth floor of Lenfest Hall.

About the Curtis Institute of Music
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 160 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, Leila Josefowicz, Lang Lang, and Time for Three.

About Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens, located just outside Philadelphia in Kennett Square, PA, is one of the world's great horticultural displays, offering 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows; 20 outdoor gardens; and 20 indoor gardens within four acres of heated greenhouses. Longwood offers rigorous and extensive horticulture education programs, classes and lectures and presents varied performing arts events each year. Longwood is open daily. For information, visit www.longwoodgardens.org.


Performances at Longwood Gardens by the Curtis Institute of Music, 2009-10

Curtis On Tour
Saturday, March 13 at 8 p.m.
Longwood Gardens Ballroom

Curtis On Tour brings the extraordinary artistry of the world-renowned Curtis Institute to audiences nationwide, with tomorrow's leading musicians performing alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. The 2009-10 tour program celebrates the centenary of celebrated Curtis alumnus Samuel Barber ('34).

BARBER        String Quartet, Op. 11
DVORÁK       Piano Quintet No. 2
Miniatures by Curtis students Chris ROGERSON and Daniel SHAPIRO (world premiere)

Tickets: $40, available at (610) 388-1000 ext. 100 or www.longwoodgardens.org.

 

Curtis Student Recitals at Longwood Gardens
Sunday, March 7 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 14, 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 21 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 11 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 18 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 25 at 1 p.m.
Longwood Gardens Ballroom

The Curtis Institute brings its remarkable young talents to Longwood Gardens throughout the spring for hour-long recitals.

Recital tickets are free with Longwood Gardens admission: $16 adults; $14 senior citizens 62 and over; $6 for students; free for children under 4. Available at (610) 388-1000 ext. 100 or www.longwoodgardens.org.


Press Contacts

Jennifer Kallend
Senior Director of Public Relations and Patron Engagement
(215) 717-3190
jennifer.kallend@curtis.edu

 

Elizabeth Racheva
Vice President of External Affairs and Patron Engagement
(215) 717-3187
elizabeth.racheva@curtis.edu

 

Nikki Scandalios
National/International
(704) 340-4094
nikki@scandaliospr.com
 


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