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Innovation Comes Alive with Dec 11 Kimmel Center Concert featuring Curtis Institute’s Aizuri Quartet, eighth blackbird, and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble

SEI Innovation Studio | Thursday, December 11, 6 p.m.

Who: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Curtis Institute of Music join forces in an innovative approach to the classical music experience. A groundbreaking performance brings together the Aizuri Quartet, Curtis’s 2014-15 string quartet in residence; members of the Grammy-winning eighth blackbird, the school’s ensemble in residence; and Curtis students as part of contemporary music ensemble Curtis 20/21.
What: The SEI Innovation Studio transforms into a social, club-style lounge featuring an untraditional and up-close-and-personal take on classical music. The Aizuri Quartet will curate a multimedia soundscape hearkening to 1964, featuring an “in the round” performance to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Terry Riley’s groundbreaking composition In C!
Tickets are only $10 and attendees will receive one FREE cocktail with purchase.
When: Thursday, December 11, 6 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
SEI Innovation Studio
Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, Pa.


Terry Riley and In C
  • In C, from experimental minimalist composer Terry Riley, is recognized as a groundbreaking masterwork that uses deceptively simple means to achieve extraordinary expressive impact. Written for any number of musicians, the piece weaves riveting melody patterns around a single pulsing note—C. Revolutionary when it was composed 50 years ago, In C remains the original minimalist masterpiece–and is recreated with each rare performance.
About the performers from the Curtis Institute of Music:
  • The Aizuri Quartet is the string quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. Its members have studied at Curtis and the Juilliard School and have participated in the Marlboro and Caramoor festivals as well as the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, where they were quartet in residence in 2014. They have appeared throughout North America and Europe with a diverse range of ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, A Far Cry, The Knights, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Symphony in C, Curtis On Tour, Musicians from Marlboro, Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and counter) induction.
  • Called “a new breed of super-musicians!” by the Los Angeles Times, contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird is in the midst of a three year residency at Curtis funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Members include Michael J. Maccaferri (clarinet), Tim Munro (flute), Yvonne Lam (violin and viola), Matthew Duvall (percussion), Lisa Kaplan (piano), and Nicholas Photinos (cello). They have won three Grammy Awards, specifically for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2008 and for Best Chamber Music Performance/Small Ensemble Performance in 2012 and again in 2013.
  • Flexible in size and scope, the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble performs a wide range of music from the 20th and 21st centuries, including works by Curtis students and alumni. The ensemble has appeared at major U.S. venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Miller Theatre, as well as internationally. The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble collaborates with some of today’s most prominent artists, including Charles Dutoit, eighth blackbird, and Matthias Pintscher. It has presented portrait concerts of iconic composers in residence John Corigliano, George Crumb, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Steven Stucky, among others. Of the ensemble’s Joan Tower portrait program in 2011, the New York Times wrote, “Ms. Tower could hardly have hoped for more passionate performances.” The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble is led by artistic director David Ludwig. 
Tickets are now on sale and are available at $10 and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, at the Kimmel Center box office, Broad & Spruce Streets (open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).


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