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‘Curtis Presents’ Kicks Off October 23 With a Celebration of Ned Rorem's 90th Birthday

New series showcases Curtis faculty, alumni, and students

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(October 18, 2013) Curtis Presents kicks off on Wednesday, October 23 at 8 p.m. at the Curtis Institute of Music 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. Expanding upon the beloved Alumni Recital Series, Curtis Presents showcases faculty, alumni, and students in specially curated recitals highlighting Curtis's unique performance culture.

In celebration of the 90th birthday of Ned Rorem, a 1944 Curtis graduate and emeritus faculty member, musicians from the Curtis Opera Theatre perform his epic song cycle Evidence of Things Not Seen: Thirty-Six Songs for Four Solo Voices and Piano. With pianist Mikael Eliasen, the Curtis Opera Theatre gave the Philadelphia premiere of the work in 1997 and recorded it for Albany Records in 2003.

The recital takes 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 Proceeds from the concert directly benefit current Curtis students.

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. For tickets and more information call the Baker Center for the Arts at (484) 664-3333.

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, including Robert Merrill, Tom Krause, John Shirley-Quirk, Elly Ameling, Edith Mathis, Florence Quivar, Mira Zakai, Sarah Walker, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, and Curtis alumni Theodor Uppman, Michael Schade, and Rinat Shaham.

He has recorded for Albany Records, CBC, Hilversum Radio, Polish State Radio, Kol Israel, Irish Radio and Television, London Records, MHS, and Supraphon. Mr. Eliasen has given master classes at Aix-en-Provence, the Shanghai Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), Jerusalem Music Center, and National Opera of Prague. He has a long association with the young-artist programs at the Royal Danish Opera and the Opera Studio of Amsterdam. In the United States, he works regularly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.

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.

Artistic Director of the Curtis Opera Theatre and Dean of Vocal Studies, Mikael Eliasen joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1986 and became the head of the department in 1988. He holds the Hirsig Family Head-of-Department Chair in Vocal Studies.

The Curtis Opera Theatre, under the artistic direction of Mikael Eliasen, works with established professional directors and designers to create fresh interpretations of standard repertoire and contemporary works. All of Curtis's 25 voice and opera students are cast repeatedly each season, receiving a rare level of performance experience. As a result Curtis graduates have sung with opera companies all over the world, including La Scala, Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, Houston Grand Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.

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 168 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. Its distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists, 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 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. The school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. In addition to more than 200 performances in and around Philadelphia each year, students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe. To learn more, visit

Curtis Presents: 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: Thirty-Six Songs for Four Solo Voices and Piano

Tickets: $28, season subscriptions $95; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or

This program will be performed without intermission. Latecomers will not be admitted.

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


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