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Curtis Launches New Recital Series in Fall 2013

'Curtis Presents' brings Curtis faculty members and alumni from around the world to Field Concert Hall

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(August 13, 2013) Expanding upon the beloved Alumni Recital Series, the Curtis Institute of Music introduces Curtis Presents in the fall of 2013. This new series begins October 23 and showcases faculty, alumni, and students in specially curated recitals highlighting Curtis's unique performance culture. Performers are leaders in their field, whose success as musicians in the 21st century continues the impact and legacy of Curtis music-making achieved over more than eight decades. Proceeds from the concerts directly benefit current Curtis students.

Curtis Presents kicks off on Wednesday, October 23 at 8 p.m. with Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of Curtis Opera Theatre, performing Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen alongside young Curtis singers Rachel Sterrenberg, soprano; Lauren Eberwein, mezzo-soprano; Spencer Lang, tenor; and Jarrett Ott, baritone. The Curtis Opera Theatre gave the Philadelphia premiere of the epic song cycle in 1997 and recorded it for Albany Records in 2003. They reprise this work by Ned Rorem ('44), Curtis emeritus faculty, in celebration of the composer's 90th birthday.

The inaugural season features three other prominent artists on the Curtis faculty: internationally acclaimed violinist and violist Ida Kavafian, who will perform with the Dover Quartet and pianist Yekwon Sunwoo (February 2); celebrated American concert organist Alan Morrison, who will be joined by organist and faculty member Matthew Glandorf as well as members of the Curtis Organ Department (March 23); and principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra and noted soloist Jeffrey Khaner (April 5).

The recitals take place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are $28; season subscriptions are $95 and are available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu. 

An additional performance of  Evidence of Things Not Seen will be presented on Friday November 8 at 8 p.m. at the Paul C. Empie Theatre at the Baker Center for the Arts, Allentown, Pa.

Danish-born coach and accompanist Mikael Eliasen received his early training in Copenhagen, Montreal, and Vienna. He has collaborated with numerous singers in recital worldwide, and has recorded for Albany Records, CBC, Hilversum Radio, Polish State Radio, Kol Israel, Irish Radio and Television, London Records, MHS, and Supraphon. Mr. Eliasen was music director of the San Francisco Opera Center from 1994 to 1996 and artistic director of the European Center for Opera and Vocal Art in Belgium from 1984 to 1994. For twenty years he has taught at Chautauqua's Voice Program during the summers. He works regularly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.

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. Yekwon Sunwoo (Piano '11) and the Dover Quartet, Curtis's inaugural quartet-in-residence, join Ms. Kavafian for the February 2 recital.

One of the most sought-after American concert organists, Alan Morrison (Organ '91, Accompanying '93) 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. Faculty member Matthew Glandorf (Organ '91) as well as members of the Curtis organ department join Mr. Morrison on March 23. 

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. Mr. Khaner concludes the 2013-14 Curtis Presents season on April 5. 

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 PRESENTS
Tickets are $28; season subscriptions are $95 and are available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu. 

A Celebration of Ned Rorem's 90th Birthday
Wednesday, October 23 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Mikael Eliasen, piano
Rachel Sterrenberg, soprano
Lauren Eberwein, mezzo-soprano
Spencer Lang, tenor
Jarrett Ott, baritone

ROREM Evidence of Things Not Seen

Mikael Eliasen holds the Hirsig Family Head-of-Department Chair in Vocal Studies.

          Additional performance:
          Friday, November 8 at 8 p.m. 
          Paul C. Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Allentown, Pa.
          Tickets and more information: (484) 664-3333.


Ida Kavafian, violin
Sunday, February 2 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Ida Kavafian, violin
Yekwon Sunwoo, piano ('11)
The Dover String Quartet
     Bryan A. Lee, violin ('11)
     Joel Link, violin ('11)
     Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola ('10, '11)
     Camden Shaw, cello ('10, '11)
Ida Kavafian holds the Nina von Maltzahn Chair in Violin Studies.


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

Alan Morrison, organ ('91, '93)
Matthew Glandorf, organ ('91)
Members of the Curtis organ department

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


Jeffrey Khaner, flute
Saturday, April 5 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
 
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