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Michael Stern Leads the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Biss Oct 23

Program features piano soloist Jonathan Biss and new work from David Ludwig

Black-tie gala on October 22 at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia

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(October 14, 2011) The Curtis Symphony Orchestra launches a year that celebrates Curtis-connected composers and guest artists with a season premiere concert on Sunday, October 23 at 3 p.m. in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. Michael Stern, music director of the Kansas City Symphony and a 1986 Curtis graduate, leads the 100-plus young musicians between the ages of 13 and 25.

The program includes a new fanfare commissioned from faculty member David Ludwig ('01); an American classic by Curtis-trained Samuel Barber ('34); and an epic Beethoven concerto featuring new faculty member Jonathan Biss ('01), a "thrilling piano talent" (Philadelphia Inquirer). Tchaikovsky's urgent, impassioned Fourth Symphony concludes this memorable concert.

The concert is part of Curtis's 2011-12 Appassionato season, which features bold programming, enriched curriculum offerings, and special events that herald Curtis's enduring influence on music in Philadelphia and the world. A preconcert Appassionato celebration begins at 1 p.m. on October 23 in Commonwealth Plaza at the Kimmel Center. A variety of multimedia stations will take visitors through Curtis's rich heritage; explore the school's impact on Philadelphia and the world; delve into the 105,000-square-foot campus expansion, Lenfest Hall; and share stories from Curtis alumni. The celebration is free and open to the public; no tickets are required to attend.

Also during the Appassionato season, each orchestra program in Verizon Hall features a work by a member of the Curtis composition faculty, as well repertoire led by a conducting student. On the October 23 concert, Vinay Parameswaran conducts David Ludwig's Fanfare for Sam and Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings.

Tickets are $5 to $45 and are available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or www.ticketphiladelphia.org. Join the Curtis Symphony Orchestra for all three Kimmel Center performances with a subscription, priced $15 to $110 and available from the Curtis Ticket Office at 215-893-7902 or www.curtis.edu. The concert is part of the 2011-12 series of Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts.

Curtis celebrates the Appassionato season and Curtis Symphony Orchestra premiere concert with a gala weekend October 22 and 23. Gala attendees enjoy a black-tie dinner at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia on Saturday evening and tour Lenfest Hall on Sunday before the 3 p.m. concert. For more information contact Charles B. Finch, director of special events and stewardship coordinator, at (215) 717-3141 or charles.finch@curtis.edu. The Appassionato gala weekend and concert is sponsored by Glenmede.

The program will also be performed in Allentown, Pa., at Allentown Symphony Hall, 23 North 6th Street. Presented by the Allentown Symphony Association, the concert takes place on Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Allentown Symphony Hall Box Office, 610-432-6715 or www.allentownsymphony.org.

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra has been called "an orchestra that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensemble" (Philadelphia Inquirer). The orchestra presents three concerts annually under the direction of eminent conductors in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, and in 2012 travels to Germany to open the Dresden Festival. Recent visiting conductors include Charles Dutoit, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas. This professional training, under the direction of Otto-Werner Mueller and David Hayes, has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in America's leading orchestras, as well as ensembles around the world.

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 165 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 Jonathan Biss, Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.

 

Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Sunday, October 23 at 3 p.m.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Michael Stern, conductor ('86)
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano ('01)

LUDWIG Fanfare for Sam (Philadelphia premiere, Curtis commission)
BARBER Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
TCHAIKOVSKY   Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Subscriptions for three Curtis Symphony Orchestra concerts: $15, $30, $55, $82, $110; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.

Single 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.

Preconcert Appassionato Celebration: 1 p.m. on October 23 in Commonwealth Plaza at the Kimmel Center. A variety of multimedia stations will take visitors through Curtis's rich heritage; explore the school's impact on Philadelphia and the world; delve into the 105,000-square-foot campus expansion, Lenfest Hall; and share stories from Curtis alumni. The celebration is free and open to the public; no tickets are required to attend.

Season Premiere Gala: October 22 and 23
Saturday evening black-tie dinner at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia; Sunday afternoon orchestra concert and tours of Lenfest Hall. Tickets and more information: Charles B. Finch, director of special events and stewardship coordinator, (215) 717-3141 or charles.finch@curtis.edu.

Sponsored by Glenmede

Additional performance:
Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Presented by the Allentown Symphony Association
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m.
Allentown Symphony Hall, 23 North 6th Street, Allentown, Pa.
Tickets: $28, $10 for students 25 and under with ID; available at the Allentown Symphony Hall Box Office, 610-432-6715, www.allentownsymphony.org.


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Elizabeth Racheva
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elizabeth.racheva@curtis.edu
 


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