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2013-14 Media Calendar of Events

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For the latest performance information, visit www.curtis.edu/Calendar or call (215) 893-7902.

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


Music in the Galleries: “Dialogues”

Saturday, January 18 at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

TSINTSADZE Chonguri
LIGETI Sonata
BACH Sarabande from Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
PENDERECKI  Selections from Divertimento
BACH Bourrée II from Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010


Presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Curtis musicians perform innovative solo and chamber programs in various galleries one Saturday each month, exploring the fascinating relationship between music and art. Solo cello works by two modern masters stand alongside Bach on January 18. Pieces by György Ligeti and Krzysztof Penderecki, composer in residence at Curtis during the 2013-14 season, are paired with movements from J. S. Bach's fourth and fifth cello suites and the charming Chonguri by Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze. Old meets new and east meets west in Gallery 205.

Free with museum admission.

Music in the Galleries is generously supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP.

 

 

Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Sunday, January 26 at 3 p.m. 

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor 
Kensho Watanabe, conductor ('13) 
Benjamin Hochman, piano ('01)
Natalie Zhu, piano ('97)
Don Liuzzi, percussion
Mari Yoshinaga, percussion ('12)

GLINKA Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
BARTÓK Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra, BB121
SHOSTAKOVICH   Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 ("Leningrad")


In his first public appearance with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, brings his inimitable artistry and charisma to a program of dramatic music with deep roots in traditions and history of Eastern Europe. Conducting fellow Kensho Watanabe is also featured.

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

Single tickets: $5, $10, $22, $33, $45; available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or www.ticketphiladelphia.org.

 

 

Curtis Presents: Ida Kavafian, violin
Sunday, February 2 at 3 p.m.

Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Ida Kavafian, violin
Jungeun Kim, piano
Yekwon Sunwoo, piano ('11)
Bella Hristova, violin ('08)
Benjamin Beilman, violin ('12)
Steven Tenenbom, viola ('79)
Jeong-Hyoun Lee, cello ('13)

DALLAPICCOLA   Tartiniana seconda
STRAUSS Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18
CHAUSSON Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet  


Internationally acclaimed as a violinist and violist, Ida Kavafian is an artist-member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and former violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio. The artistic director of Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico, she is also cofounder of the chamber ensembles Tashi and Opus One. She has won the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Young Concert Artists competition. 

Subscriptions for Curtis Presents, four concert series: $95; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.

Single tickets: $28; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.  

Ida Kavafian holds the Nina von Maltzahn Chair in Violin Studies.

 

 

Music in the Galleries: “Foreign Correspondence”
Saturday, February 8 at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Highlights from Curtis's 2013-14 all-school project, Russia: A Land and Its Influence.

Presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Curtis musicians perform innovative solo and chamber programs in various galleries one Saturday each month, exploring the fascinating relationship between music and art. The February 8 program, "Foreign Correspondence," is inspired by Curtis's 2013-14 all-school project, Russia: A Land and Its Influence. Works by Russian and Eastern European composers join the museum's "Postwar Dialogue" mini-exhibition in Gallery 174 featuring works by American and European artists following World War II.

Free with museum admission.

Music in the Galleries is generously supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP.

 

 

Curtis On Tour: Winter
Each season Curtis On Tour brings the extraordinary artistry of the Curtis Institute of Music to audiences worldwide, with tomorrow’s leading musicians performing alongside celebrated Curtis alumni and faculty. During the winter tour, four talented young singers from Curtis join pianist Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre and Hirsig Family Head-of-Department Chair and Dean of Vocal Studies, for performances of arias and art songs.  

February 7

Arts Club of Chicago
Chicago, Ill.

February 11 
First Church
Sarasota, Fla.

February 12 *note date change*
Bok Tower Gardens
Lake Wales, Fla.

February 14

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
Fort Myers, Fla.

 

 

Family Concerts: Introduction to Composition and Conducting
Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Gould Rehearsal Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

How do you write music? What does a conductor do? Kids learn this and more in an interactive, fun-filled introduction to the world of classical music. These one-hour concerts are best enjoyed by children ages five to twelve.

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

 

 

Curtis Opera Theatre: Dialogues of the Carmelites by Francis Poulenc
Presented in association with Opera Philadelphia and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater
 
Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. 
Friday, March 7 at 8 p.m. 
Sunday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. 

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Corrado Rovaris, conductor
Jordan Fein, stage director

POULENC   Dialogues of the Carmelites


No one is immune from France's Reign of Terror--not even a humble order of Carmelite nuns. A young novice has the chance to escape with her life. But what would that mean for her soul? Uniquely staged to heighten the charging drama until its wrenching conclusion, Poulenc's powerful opera inspired by historical events is a tale of sisterhood, inner strength, and, most of all, faith. Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in French with English supertitles.

Tickets: Part of the Opera Philadelphia subscription series. Call (215) 732-8400 or visit www.operaphila.org for more information.

This production is funded, in part, through support from the William Penn Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation.

 

 

Curtis On Tour: Spring
Each season Curtis On Tour brings the extraordinary artistry of the Curtis Institute of Music to audiences worldwide, with tomorrow's leading musicians performing alongside celebrated Curtis alumni and faculty. The spring tour features pianist Di Wu ('05) side-by-side with a student wind quintet in a program that includes Samuel Barber's ('34) iconic Summer Music. Ms. Wu will join the students in Mozart's luminous quintet for piano and winds and Poulenc's spirited sextet. Curtis On Tour continues to usher new works into the repertoire with the commission of a wind quintet by Katerina Kramarchuk ('12).

March 12
Centro Nacional de la Música
San José, Costa Rica

March 14
Highfield Hall
Nantucket, Mass.

March 16
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston, Mass.

March 19
St. Francis Auditorium
Santa Fe, N.M.

March 23
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts 
Davis, Calif.

Katerina 
Kramarchuk commission supported by the Women's Philharmonic Advocacy and The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.

 

 

Curtis 20/21 with Composer-in-Residence Krzysztof Penderecki
Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York

Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor
Curtis 20/21

 

PENDERECKI  Duo Concertante
  Cello Suite
  Sextet
  Sinfonietta per archi
  Sinfonietta No. 3


In celebration of Krzysztof Penderecki's 80th birthday, the composer leads the school's contemporary music ensemble, Curtis 20/21, in a program of his own music at Carnegie Hall’s intimate, modern Zankel Hall.

Tickets and more information: CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800 or www.carnegiehall.org

 

 

Music in the Galleries: “Four Score and Six”
Saturday, March 22 at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

REICH  Electric Counterpoint


Presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Curtis musicians perform innovative solo and chamber programs in various galleries one Saturday each month, exploring the fascinating relationship between music and art. “Four Score and Six” on January 18 features Steve Reich’s groundbreaking work for electric guitar and pre-recorded guitar ensemble in a rare Philadelphia performance. Recitals take place in Gallery 224, Pillared Temple Hall, c. 1550, made in India.

Free with museum admission.

Music in the Galleries is generously supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP. 

 

 

Curtis Presents: Alan Morrison, organ
Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Alan Morrison, organ (Organ '91, Accompanying '93)
Members of the Curtis organ department

One of the most sought-after American concert organists, Alan Morrison has appeared at colleges, cathedrals, and churches throughout the Americas and Europe, including Alice Tully, Jacoby, Verizon, Benaroya, and Spivey halls; Meyerson Symphony Center; Jack Singer Concert Hall; the Crystal Cathedral; and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Mr. Morrison's numerous recordings are regularly featured on radio stations worldwide. Members of the Curtis organ department join Mr. Morrison for this program.

Subscriptions for Curtis Presents, four concert series: $95; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.

Single tickets: $28; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.  

Alan Morrison holds the Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies.

     

 

Curtis Presents: Jeffrey Khaner, flute
Saturday, April 5 at 3 p.m.

Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Jeffrey Khaner, flute

Curtis faculty member Jeffrey Khaner has been the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal flute since 1990, and previously held the same position with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Festival. He has given recitals and master classes across North and South America, Europe, and Asia; and has appeared as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Cleveland Orchestra, among others.

Subscriptions for Curtis Presents, four concert series: $95; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.

Single tickets: $28; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.  

 

 

Music in the Galleries: “Departures”
Saturday, April 12 at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

WEBERN  Selections from Fünf Sätze, Op. 5
BEETHOVEN  "Heiliger Dankgesang" from Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

Presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Curtis musicians perform innovative solo and chamber programs in various galleries one Saturday each month, exploring the fascinating relationship between music and art. The Music in the Galleries season comes to a close on April 12 with "Departures." Rogier van der Weyden's striking 15th-century masterwork, The Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning, accentuates the sparse, ccaustic movements for string quartet by Anton Webern, followed by Beethoven’s luminous “Heiliger Dankgesang” (“Holy Song of Thanksgiving”) from his late quartet, Op. 132. This program features Curtis’s prize-winning string quartet in residence, the Dover Quartet. Performances in Gallery 206. 

Free with museum admission.

Music in the Galleries is generously supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP. 

 

 

Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Sunday, April 13 at 8 p.m.

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Ignat Solzhenitsyn, conductor (Piano, Conducting '95)
Kensho Watanabe, conductor ('13)
Benjamin Schmid, violin ('91)
Roberto Díaz, viola ('84)

STRAVINSKY   Fireworks 
PENDERECKI Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra (U.S. Premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 ("Pathétique")


Russian masterworks--Stravinsky's fleeting Fireworks and Tchaikovsky's impassioned "Pathétique"--flank a modern classic in the U.S. premiere of a double concerto by esteemed composer-in-residence Krzysztof Penderecki. Faculty member Ignat Solzhenitsyn leads the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, joining with fellow alumni Benjamin Schmid and Roberto Díaz, Curtis president, in Penderecki's Double Concerto. Conducting fellow Kensho Watanabe is also featured. This stunning finale to the Curtis Symphony Orchestra season is preceded by a gala in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza.

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

Single tickets: $5, $10, $22, $33, $45; available at the Kimmel Center Box Office and from Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999 or www.ticketphiladelphia.org.

 

 

 

Curtis 20/21: Tower + Bach
Presented by the Miller Theatre
Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m.

Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, New York

J.S. BACH    Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
 TOWER Big Sky
  In Memory
  String Quartet No. 5 ("White Water")

 
Curtis 20/21, the school's contemporary music ensemble, appears on the Miller Theatre's Bach Revisited series. Written around 1720, the Brandenburg concertos remained virtually unknown, tucked away on a library shelf, for more than a century before being published. Today they number among the crowning achievements of Baroque instrumental writing. For her Bach series program, Joan Tower intersperses movements of the fifth concerto--for solo flute, violin, and harpsichord--with her own chamber music, including her trio Big Sky, an evocation of the awe-inspiring experience of riding through the Andes mountain range.

Tickets and more information: (212) 854-7799, www.millertheatre.com/BoxOffice.

 


Curtis Opera Theatre: La Cenerentola by Gioacchino Rossini
Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Ari Pelto, conductor
Kevin Hourigan, stage director

ROSSINI La Cenerentola

The Cinderella story comes to effervescent life in Rossini's magical romance. The kind but unfortunate Angelina, dressed in rags, serves her vain stepsisters and conceited father while dreaming of a happier life. When a handsome courtier arrives seeking a bride for Prince Ramiro, Angelina's relatives selfishly scheme to save the family fortunes with a royal marriage. Meanwhile the prince's entourage subtly secures a happy ending for "la Cenerentola". Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Subscriptions for three Curtis Opera Theatre performances: $75; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.

Single tickets: $35; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu.

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