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2011-12 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, 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/ThisWeekAtCurtis or call the Student Recital Hotline at (215) 893-5261.

For more information on the Appassionato season, visit www.curtis.edu/Appassionato.


Curtis 20/21
Presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Tuesday, January 24 at 8 p.m.
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

David Effron, conductor

STRAVINSKY    Concertino for Twelve Instruments
  Eight Instrumental Miniatures
  L'Histoire du soldat

David Effron, who served on the Curtis faculty from 1970 to 1977, leads the 20/21 ensemble in an exciting all-Stravinsky program presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Stravinsky's seminal L'Histoire du soldat will be performed with theatrical accompaniment, as well as two later works that feature winds and brass.

Tickets: $23; available at www.pcmsconcerts.org.

 


Curtis On Tour: North American Tour Preview
Wednesday, January 25 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Free; no tickets required

Roberto Díaz, viola (’84)
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Nadir Khashimov, violin
Eric Han, cello

PIAZZOLLA   Oblivion transcribed by Julien Labro
KODÁLY Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
ZHOU Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs
PAGANINI Quartet in A minor, M.S. 42

A preview of the Curtis On Tour program for Spring 2012. 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. Curtis President and violist Roberto Diaz (’84) and guitar faculty member Jason Vieaux join Curtis students on a cross-country tour February 25 through March 13. More information: www.curtis.edu/CurtisOnTour.

TOUR PERFORMANCES

Sunday, January 22 at 3 p.m.
Longwood Gardens Ballroom, Kennett Square, PA
Presented by Longwood Gardens
Tickets: Longwood Gardens members only, (610) 388-1000

Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m.
Flynn Space, Burlington, VT
Presented by Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: (802) 863-5966

Sunday, February 26 at 2:30 p.m.
Rockport Opera House, Rockport, ME
Presented by Bay Chamber Concerts
Tickets: (207) 236-2823

Wednesday, February 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO
Presented by the Aspen Music Festival
Tickets: (970) 925-9042

Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m.
Historic Asolo Theatre, Sarasota, FL
Tickets: (941) 360-7399

Sunday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, FL
Presented by Bok Tower Gardens
Tickets: (863) 676-1408

Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m.
Vanderhoef Studio Theater, Davis, CA
Presented by the Mondavi Center
Tickets: (866) 754-2787

Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.
Florence Henry Memorial Chapel, Seattle, WA
Presented by the Henry Chapel
Tickets: email jc@dylanbay.com (Subject line: Curtis at Henry Chapel) or (215) 717-3124 
 


Alumni Recital Series: Peter Serkin
Sunday, January 29 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Peter Serkin, piano ('64)

WOLPE Toccata
LUDWIG Five Bagatelles
WUORINEN Adagio
BEETHOVEN   Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120

The distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin is one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians appearing before the public today. Through playing that is "probing, brilliant, and full of imagination" (New York Times), he has conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire in a career spanning a half-century. His performances with symphony orchestras, recital appearances, chamber music collaborations, and recordings are respected worldwide.

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 Symphony Orchestra
Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Sunday, February 12 at 8 p.m.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor ('91)
Leon McCawley, piano ('95)

DANIELPOUR  Toward the Splendid City
BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 2 ("The Age of Anxiety")
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100

Prokofiev's mercurial, soaring wartime symphony meets the unique lyricism of Curtis alumnus Leonard Bernstein ('41). Faculty member and former Bernstein student Richard Danielpour provides the prelude, "full of gleaming, glass and steel accents" (Newsday). This tuneful program features Miguel Harth-Bedoya and pianist Leon McCawley ('95). Curtis Symphony Orchestra concerts this season highlight the school's acclaimed conducting program with a student conductor leading one work on each concert (repertoire TBA).

Tickets: $5, $16, $22, $33, $45; available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or www.ticketphiladelphia.org.

 


Wells Fargo Family Concerts: Introduction to Voice and Opera
Sunday, February 19 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

An interactive, fun-filled 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.

 


Faculty Recital: The Beethoven Project
Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 26 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Peter Wiley, cello ('74)
Anna Polonksy, piano ('99)

Faculty member Peter Wiley performs the complete Beethoven sonatas and variations for cello and piano over two concerts. Mr. Wiley, a founding member of OPUS ONE who succeeded his teacher, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri String Quartet, is joined by Anna Polonsky, a pianist widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician who has collaborated with ensembles like the Guarneri, Orion, and Shanghai Quartets and with musicians like Richard Goode, David Shifrin, and Mistuko Uchida.

Free; no tickets required.

 


Curtis at Longwood Gardens
Presented by Longwood Gardens
Sunday, February 26 at 1 p.m.
Longwood Gardens Ballroom, Kennett Square, Pa.

The Curtis Institute of Music brings its remarkable young talents to Longwood Gardens for recitals of solo and chamber music--the perfect complement to a weekend trip through this premier horticultural showplace.

Additional concerts:
Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m.

Tickets: free with Longwood Gardens admission; more information at www.longwoodgardens.org.

 


Johannes Quartet Residency Recital
Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

The members of the Johannes Quartet--Soovin Kim, violin ('99); Jessica Lee, violin ('01); Choong-Jin Chang, viola ('92); and Peter Stumpf, cello ('85)--cap off their weeklong residency at Curtis with a free performance with students curated by the quartet.

Free; no tickets required.

 


Gary Hoffman Residency Recital
Wednesday, March 7 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Cellist Gary Hoffman curates a performance with students to conclude his three-day residency at Curtis.

Free; no tickets required.

 


Curtis Opera Theatre: Elegy for Young Lovers by Hans Werner Henze (Philadelphia premiere)
Presented in association with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Kimmel Center Presents
Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater
Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

George Manahan, conductor
Chas Rader-Shieber, stage director
David Zinn, scenic and costume designer

What happens when a ruthless poet looks to an unlikely cast of characters to provide his artistic inspiration? This gripping drama unfolds in an isolated mountain inn as a deadly snowstorm swirls outside. Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in English with supertitles.

Tickets: $21, $49, $66, $102, $132; available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or www.ticketphiladelphia.org.

This production made possible in part through the support of the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the William Penn Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 


Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Monday, April 23 at 8 p.m.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Robert Spano, conductor ('85)
Juliette Kang, violin ('91)
Efe Baltacigil, cello ('02)

HIGDON blue cathedral
BRAHMS   Concerto in A minor, Op. 102
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

In 1999 Curtis commissioned faculty member Jennifer Higdon's blue cathedral to celebrate the school's 75th anniversary. Championed by Robert Spano, the work established Higdon ('88) as a favorite American composer. It's a fitting prelude to Bartók's groundbreaking work highlighting virtuosity in each section of the orchestra and Brahms's eloquent Double Concerto with eminent soloists Juliette Kang, violin, and Efe Baltacigil, cello, both Curtis alumni. Curtis Symphony Orchestra concerts this season highlight the school's acclaimed conducting program with a student conductor leading one work on each concert (repertoire TBA).

Tickets: $5, $16, $22, $33, $45; available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or www.ticketphiladelphia.org.

 


Alumni Recital Series: Meredith Arwady, contralto
Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Meredith Arwady, contralto ('04)
Mikael Eliasen, piano (guest artist)

Contralto Meredith Arwady is a fast-rising star, "remarkably rich of voice" (Chicago Sun Times), and a favorite of Metropolitan Opera audiences since her debut in 2008. She has sung major roles at the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Houston Grand Opera, Oper Frankfurt, and English National Opera, and appeared in concert with the Boston, Seattle, National, and Houston symphony orchestras. Ms. Arwady collaborates with Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre.

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 Opera Theatre: I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini
Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m.
Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

David Hayes, conductor ('89)
Emma Griffin, stage director
Laura Jellinek, scenic designer
Jessica Trejos, costume designer

The timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is retold in Bellini's soaring bel canto style. The young lovers struggle to unite despite the bitter feud that divides their families. Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Tickets: $35; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.

This production made possible in part through the support of the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

 


Dean's Honors Recital
Thursday, May 10 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

The Student Recital Series concludes with a program hand-picked by the Dean.

Free; no tickets required.

 


Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Friday, May 11 at 8 p.m.
Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

Rossen Milanov, conductor ('94)

BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
BERNSTEIN  Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

This year-ending concert is a triple celebration! Curtis wraps up its yearlong Appassionato festivities, opens the summer season of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and previews the orchestra's tour performances at the Dresden Festival in Germany. Spotlighting Curtis alumni Rossen Milanov and Leonard Bernstein, the evening also celebrates the school's valued collaboration wth the Mann Center.

For tickets and more information, visit www.manncenter.org.

Curtis/Mann Center Gala: Celebrate the start of the Mann's summer season with an elegant gala dinner before the concert. Tickets and more information: Charles B. Finch, director of special events and stewardship coordinator, (215) 717-3141 or charles.finch@curtis.edu. 

 


Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Presented by the Dresden Music Festival
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Tuesday, May 15
Dresden Music Festival, Dresden, Germany

Robert Spano, conductor ('85)
Ray Chen, violin ('10)
Jan Vogler, cello

BRAHMS   Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
  Concerto in A minor, Op. 102
 

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

 For more information, visit www.musikfestspiele.com.

 


Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Presented by the Dresden Music Festival
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Friday, May 18
Dresden Music Festival, Dresden, Germany

Robert Spano, conductor ('85)

LUDWIG Fanfare
BERNSTEIN   Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra (with dancers choreographed by Royston Maldoom)

For more information, visit www.musikfestspiele.com.

 

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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.

 

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


 

 


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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
 


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