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Hal Robinson, Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Performs April 3 at the Curtis Institute of Music

Final concert of 2015-16 series of Curtis Presents includes bassist Joseph Conyers, pianist Jungeun Kim, and the Curtis Chamber Ensemble

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PHILADELPHIA, PA—April 1, 2016—Curtis Presents features Hal Robinson and friends performing Bach, Shostakovich, and concertos by Vivaldi and David Anderson on Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m.

Hal Robinson has been a beloved guide to Curtis bass students ever since becoming the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal double bass two decades ago. A virtuoso who draws magnificent sound from his towering instrument, he brings alumni and students together for an eclectic program of chamber music--and a few surprises. 

Joseph Conyers, assistant principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra; pianist Jungeun Kim; and the Curtis Chamber Ensemble join Hal on the stage of Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music for this final concert on the 2015–16 series of Curtis Presents, an inspiring array of intimate and innovative recitals sponsored by Blank Rome LLP.

The recital takes place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are $25, general admission; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/Tickets

Appointed principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1995, Harold Hall Robinson served for ten years as principal bass of the National Symphony Orchestra and eight years as associate principal of the Houston Symphony. Prior to that he was a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.

A prizewinner of the 1982 Isle of Man Solo Competition, he has performed as a soloist with the Philadelphia, National Symphony, and Houston Symphony orchestras; New York Philharmonic; and American Chamber Orchestra, as well as other ensembles. Mr. Robinson holds the A. Margaret Bok Chair in Double Bass Studies and leads a master class at the Young Artist Summer Program as part of Curtis Summerfest 2016.

Curtis Presents honors the school's unique performance culture with this series featuring Curtis alumni and faculty in recital. As leading experts in their respective fields, featured performers represent the latest in a 90-year tradition of talent, mastery, and passion with a cross-continental reach. All proceeds directly benefit current Curtis students with the hope of inspiring and supporting future generations of virtuosity.

Drawing upon 90 years of artistry, the Curtis Institute of Music pairs tradition and innovation, educating exceptionally gifted young musicians as artist-citizens who engage a local and global community through music-making of the highest caliber. Each year 175 students come to Curtis, drawn by a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture. In this intimate environment, they are nurtured by a celebrated faculty and inspired by the school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach, offering more than 200 concerts each year in Philadelphia, as well as performances around the world through Curtis on Tour. The extraordinary young musicians of Curtis graduate to join 4,000 alumni who have long made music history. 

Curtis Presents: Hal Robinson and Friends
Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m.

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

J.S. BACH  Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009 (transcribed to G major)       
Harold Robinson, double bass

SHOSTAKOVICH  Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano
Harold Robinson, double bass
Joseph Conyers, double bass
Jungeun Kim, piano

VIVALDI  Concerto in G minor, RV 531  
Harold Robinson, double bass
Joseph Conyers, double bass
Curtis Chamber Ensemble

DAVID ANDERSON  Concerto for Double Bass, Strings and Harp
Harold Robinson, double bass
Curtis Chamber Ensemble

Tickets: $25, general admission; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/Tickets

The Curtis Presents season is sponsored by Blank Rome LLP.

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