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2009-10 Media Calendar of Events

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FOR CONCERT INFORMATION, CALL (215) 893-7902. A continually updated schedule of performances is available throughout the season at www.curtis.edu.

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, 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 or call the Student Recital Hotline at (215) 893-5261.

 

PECO Family Concerts: Introduction to the Percussion Family
Sunday, February 14 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

A fun-filled and friendly introduction to the world of classical music, best enjoyed by children ages five to twelve.

Tickets: $5 for adults, free for children twelve and under; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.

 

Student Recital Series: Chamber Music with Jonathan Biss
Monday, February 15 at 8 p.m
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Distinguished pianist and alumnus Jonathan Biss ('01) performs chamber music with Curtis students as part of his weeklong residency.

Free; no tickets required.

 

Curtis Opera Theatre: Bellini's La sonnambula
Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Benjamin Shwartz, conductor ('04)
Concert production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Sweet dreams? Not for a spurned sleepwalker worried about her wedding; Amina's innocent affliction threatens her impending marriage.

Concert production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in the original Italian with English supertitles.

Tickets: $33; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.

 

Student Recital Series: eighth blackbird and Curtis 20/21
Wednesday, February 24 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

The virtuosic and acclaimed contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird caps its Curtis residency, combining forces with Curtis's own contemporary music group in a joint recital including Steve Reich's Double Sextet.

Free; no tickets required.

 

Curtis On Tour
Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Each season Curtis On Tour brings the extraordinary artistry of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music to audiences nationwide, with tomorrow's leading musicians performing alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. Violinist Ida Kavafian and cellist Peter Wiley ('74), both Curtis faculty members, appear with Curtis students during the 2009-10 tour. The program celebrates the centenary of celebrated Curtis alumnus Samuel Barber ('34) and also features world premieres of miniatures commissioned for the tour from Curtis composition students Chris Rogerson and Daniel Shapiro.

Ida Kavafian and Benjamin Beilman, violins
Hyo Bi Sim, viola
Peter Wiley, cello ('74)
Yekwon Sunwoo, piano

BARBER String Quartet, Op. 11
ROGERSON Lullaby: no bad dreams (world premiere)
SHAPIRO Sonata for Viola and Piano (world premiere)
DVOƘÁK Piano Quintet No. 2

Free; no tickets required.

Tour performances:

Sunday, February 28 at 7 p.m.
The Music Box, Detroit, Mich.
Presented by the Detroit Symphony
Ticket information at (313) 576-5111 or www.detroitsymphony.com.

Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The Henry Chapel, The Highlands, Seattle
Presented by the Henry Chapel
For ticket information, email jc@dylanbay.com with the subject line "Curtis at Henry Chape" or call (347) 527-2162.

Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 7 at 2 p.m.

Mondavi Center, Davis, Calif.
Presented by the Mondavi Center for the Arts, University of California, Davis
Ticket information at (530) 754-ARTS or www.mondaviarts.org.

Wednesday, March 10 at 8 p.m.
Allen Room in Frederick P. Rose Hall
Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City
Ticket information at (215) 893-7902; or (after February 10) at (212) 721-6500 or www.jalc.org.

Curtis On Tour in New York Celebration Dinner: Preconcert cocktails and dinner, plus premium concert tickets. Proceeds benefit the Curtis Institute of Music. Tickets and information available from the Development Office at (215) 893-5279 or development@curtis.edu. Sponsored by Glenmede and Blank Rome LLP.

Saturday, March 13 at 8 p.m.
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa.
Presented by Longwood Gardens
Ticket information at (610) 388-1000 ext. 100 or www.longwoodgardens.org.

Friday, March 19 at 8 p.m.
Minsky Recital Hall, Orono, Me.
Presented by Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Ticket information at (800) 622-TIXX www2.umaine.edu/mca or www.collinscenterforthearts.com.

Saturday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
Rockport Opera House, Rockport, Me.
Presented by Bay Chamber Concerts
Ticket information at (207) 236-2823 or www.baychamberconcerts.org.

Friday, March 26 at 8 p.m.
Bennett Gordon Hall, Highland Park, Ill.
Presented by the Ravinia Festival
Ticket information at (847) 266-5100 or www.ravinia.org.

 

Alumni Recital Series: Time for Three
Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Zachary DePue, violin ('02)
Nicolas Kendall, violin ('01)
Ranaan Meyer, double bass ('03)

Time for Three transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy, and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. Zachary DePue ('02), Nicolas Kendall ('01), and Ranaan Meyer ('03) played together for fun while students at Curtis, shaping their mutual passion for improvisation, composing, and arranging. The ultimate result: a charismatic ensemble with a reputation for limitless enthusiasm and no
musical boundaries.

Tickets: SOLD OUT. All artists donate their services, and proceeds benefit current Curtis students.

 

Student Recital Series: The Glory of Gabrieli
Sunday, March 7 at 3 p.m
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia

The Curtis Brass Ensemble, led by Paul Bryan, brings a spectacular program of Renaissance brass repertoire to St. Mark's Church. Music for ensembles ranging from brass quintet to a massed brass choirs will fill this beautiful sacred space. Composers featured include Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Holborne, and Scheidt.

Free; no tickets required.

 

Curtis Student Recitals at Longwood Gardens
Presented by Longwood Gardens
Sundays in March and April at 1 p.m.
Longwood Gardens Ballroom, Kennett Square, Pa.

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

Sunday, March 7 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 14 at 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.

Tickets: Free with Longwood admission; available at (610) 388-1000 ext. 100 or www.longwoodgardens.org.

 

Curtis 20/21: Samuel Barber Centenary Celebration
Tuesday, March 9 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Curtis marks the hundredth anniversary of one of the school's most celebrated alumni, Samuel Barber ('34). The program includes Summer Music, Dover Beach, selections from Curtis's manuscript collection, and Barber-inspired works by composition student Chris Rogerson and 1996 graduate Jonathan Holland. The program will also be performed in Barber's hometown, West Chester, Pa., and at the Library of Congress (details below).

HOLLAND Sonata Variation
ROGERSON Lullaby: no bad dreams
BARBER
Allegro Agitato from Sonata for Violin and Piano
  Dover Beach
  Hermit Songs
  Summer Music
  Sonata in E-flat minor

Free; no tickets required.

Additional performances:

Sunday, March 7 at 3 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 130 West Miner Street, West Chester, Pa.
Free admission; donations accepted to benefit First Presbyterian Church.
Information: (610) 696-0554 or www.firstpreswc.com.

Monday, March 15 at 12 p.m.
Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
Free admission; tickets not required.

 

Guest Recital: Leon McCawley, piano ('95)
Tuesday, March 16 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Pianist Leon McCawley celebrates two milestone anniversaries: Samuel Barber's centenary and Chopin's bicentenary. His program traces Chopin's distinct influence on Barber's piano writing, while highlighting both composers' keen interest in the musical styles and idioms of their homelands and their respect for classical forms and structures.

CHOPIN Four Mazurkas, Op. 6
  Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
  Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1
BARBER Excursions
  Nocturne: Homage to John Field
  Sonata in E-flat minor

Free; no tickets required.

 

Curtis Opera Theatre: Barber's Antony and Cleopatra
Presented by Kimmel Center Presents in association with the Opera Company of Philadelphia
Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 19 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

George Manahan, conductor
Chas Rader-Shieber, stage director

The Curtis Opera Theatre celebrates the Samuel Barber centenary with the love story of the ages: Marc Antony and Cleopatra weave their way through deception, political intrigue, and passions as hot as the sands of Egypt.

Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in the original English.

Tickets: $15, $40, $65, $95, $130; available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or www.ticketphiladelphia.org.

Funded in part by:
The Pew Center for the Arts & Heritage, through the Philadelphia Music Project
The William Penn Foundation

 

Alumni Recital Series: Michael Schade, tenor ('90)
Sunday, April 18 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Michael Schade, tenor ('90)
Mikael Eliasen, piano (guest artist)

Michael Schade performs frequently in the world's great opera houses. In recent seasons he has been featured in leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Staatsoper, and the Salzburg Festival. As a recitalist Mr. Schade has appeared at La Scala, in Vienna's Musikverein, in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and in New York's Carnegie Hall. He has appeared in concert with the Berlin, Vienna, New York, and Los Angeles philharmonics; the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras; and the San Francisco, Montreal, and Toronto symphony orchestras. Mr. Schade collaborates with Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre, in an all-Schubert recital. Mr. Schade appears by permission of the Metropolitan Opera.

Single tickets: $28; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu. All artists donate their services, and proceeds benefit current Curtis students.

 

Curtis Chamber Orchestra
Presented by Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Wednesday, April 21 at 8 p.m.
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Soovin Kim, violin ('99)

STRAVINSKY Eight Instrumental Miniatures
WEILL Concerto for Violin and Wind Instruments
SCHOENBERG Kammersymphonie No. 2
WEBERN Symphony, Op. 21

Tickets: $23; available at (215) 569-8080 or www.pcmsconcerts.org.

 

Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
John Relyea, bass-baritone ('96)

BARBER Symphony No. 1
MUSSORGSKY Songs and Dances of Death
LIGETI Atmosphères
R. STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra

Single tickets: $5, $12, $15, $25, $36; available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or www.ticketphiladelphia.org.

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Curtis Opera Theatre: Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia
Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 9 at 2:30 p.m.
Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

David Hayes, conductor ('89)
Ned Canty, stage director

Need a shave--or a secret wedding? Just ask the barber of Seville. Figaro concocts comic schemes to unite Rosina with Count Almaviva while keeping their adversaries at bay.

Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in the original Italian with English supertitles.

Single tickets: $33; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.

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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.

 


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