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Curtis Celebrates John Cage with Performances January 18 and 20

Part of the Cage: Beyond Silence festival, presented by Bowerbird in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Dancing Around the Bride exhibition

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(January 15, 2013) Curtis celebrates the centenary of pioneering composer John Cage with two performances January 18 and 20. The programs are part of the Cage: Beyond Silence citywide festival, presented by Bowerbird in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Dancing Around the Bride exhibition.

On Friday, January 18 at 8 p.m., Curtis 20/21 and the Curtis Percussion Studio perform in Gould Rehearsal Hall at Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street. The program will focus exclusively on Cage's percussion works from the 1940s, including Third Construction, Anores, In a Landscape, and arrangements of his Sonatas and Interludes interspersed with video-recorded interview segments with the composer. Admission is free and no tickets are required; seating is limited.

On Sunday, January 20 at 2 p.m., Curtis students join the PRISM saxophone quartet at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Van Pelt Auditorium in a program that includes Cage's last completed work, Thirteen (1992). Free tickets are available at the museum's visitor services desk on the day of the show or can be ordered in advance at philamuseum.org ($2.50-$3.50 service charge per ticket). The performance ticket does not include admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art or Dancing Around the Bride exhibition.

Special thanks to The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Dina and Jerry Wind, and John J. Medveckis for their support of the festival Cage: Beyond Silence.

Performing a wide range of music of 20th- and 21st-century composers, Curtis 20/21 is flexible in size and scope to include works for solo performers, chamber groups, and larger ensembles with conductor. Guest artists and composers frequently collaborate with the ensemble, including Lucy Shelton, Charles Dutoit, and Peter Serkin, as well Curtis faculty and alumni. Guest composers-in-residence have included John Corigliano, Joan Tower, and George Crumb. Curtis 20/21 often appears in major venues and is committed to performing and commissioning works from Curtis composers, both current students and alumni. Curtis gratefully acknowledges Georges Markow-Totevy and the Markow-Totevy Foundation for its support of the 20/21 contemporary music program at Curtis.

Intriguing programs of great beauty and breadth have distinguished the PRISM Quartet as one of America's foremost chamber ensembles. Two-time winners of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, PRISM has performed in Carnegie Hall on the Making Music Series, in Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and throughout Latin America under the auspices of the United States Information Agency. PRISM has also been presented to critical acclaim as soloists with orchestras nationwide, including the Detroit Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra, performing William Bolcom's Concerto Grosso, written especially for the Quartet. Champions of new music, PRISM has premiered over 100 works, many by internationally celebrated composers, including Steven Mackey, William Albright, Chen Yi, Lee Hyla, Greg Osby, Jennifer Higdon, Martin Bresnick, Bernard Rands, and Zhou Long. The Quartet also maintains three annual Young Composer Commissioning Awards in Philadelphia, New York, and at the Walden School in New Hampshire, where PRISM conducts regular residencies.

PRISM has recorded for Koch International, Naxos, New Dynamic, Albany, and Innova. PRISM may also be heard on the soundtrack of the film Two Plus One, by Emmy nominee Eugene Martin, scored by Quartet member Matthew Levy, and is featured in the theme music to the weekly PBS news magazine NOW. Members of PRISM are Matthew Levy, Timothy McAllister, Zach Shemon, and Taimur Sullivan.

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 provides its 165 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. The school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists since its founding in 1924. Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series.

Curtis's innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills, and the school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. Students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour in addition to more than 150 performances in and around Philadelphia each year. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe.

 

Curtis 20/21 and the Curtis Percussion Studio
Friday, January 18, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

CAGE
Amores
In a Landscape
Sonatas and Interludes
Third Construction

Free; no tickets required. Limited seating.


PRISM Saxophone Quartet and Curtis Students
Sunday, January 20 at 2 p.m.

Van Pelt Auditorium, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

CAGE
Four5
Music for Four
Sonata for Two Voices
Thirteen

Free, tickets required.*

*Available at the museum's visitor services desk on the day of the show or can be ordered in advance at philamuseum.org ($2.50-$3.50 service charge per ticket). The performance ticket does not include admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art or Dancing Around the Bride exhibition.

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