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2016-17 Media Calendar of Events

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CURTIS ON TOUR IN GREECE AND ASIA
The Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative
September 28–October 13
 

Jason Vieaux, guitar 
Nigel Armstrong, violin ('13)
Roberto Díaz, viola ('84)
Jean Kim, cello
Leon McCawley, piano ('95) – Athens only 
Jie Chen, piano (alumna) ('06) – Shanghai only

September 28 - October 1 Cotsen Hall, Gennadius Library, Athens, Greece
October 3  Artist House, Seoul
October 4  Café Sungsu, Seoul
October 7  Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong KongOctober 13  Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai

Program details and more information: Curtis.edu/CurtisonTour

 

CURTIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Sunday, October 9 at 3 p.m. 

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

Corrado Rovaris, conductor

Members of the Curtis Opera Theatre

Conner Gray Covington, conducting fellow

Peter Escalada-Mastick, lighting design

 
RAVEL  L’Enfant et les sortilèges 
BOULEZ  Notations 
MUSSORGSKY  Pictures at an Exhibition 
 
Corrado Rovaris, music director of Opera Philadelphia, presides over a program that is part-symphonic, part-operatic. Members of the Curtis Opera Theatre portray the temperamental child and animated objects of Ravel’s colorful and quirky one-act opera, L’Enfant et les sortilèges. And a restrained Modernist masterwork by Pierre Boulez gives way to the moody, majestic Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky—a quintessential depiction of painting in musical form. 
 

3-concert subscription: $15–$110 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902.

Single tickets: $5–$50 sold by the Kimmel Center Box Office, Kimmelcenter.org or (215) 893-1999.

 

MILLER THEATRE POP-UP CONCERT:
CURTIS 20/21 ENSEMBLE PERFORMS MUSIC BY CURTIS COMPOSERS
Monday, October 10 at 6 p.m.

Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, New York

Discover the compositional voices of tomorrow, now. Hear Curtis composition students Emily Cooley, Nick DiBerardino, and Rene Orth at the beginning of their journey, as their fellow students perform their chamber works. Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today's most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre.

More information: www.millertheatre.com/events/curtis-20-21-ensemble

 

JOSEPH DE PASQUALE TRIBUTE RECITAL

Monday, October 17 at 8 p.m.

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

BLOCH  Suite for Viola and Piano
ROCHBERG Sonata for Viola and Piano
SHULMAN  Theme and Variations for Viola and Orchestra

Free; no tickets or advance reservations required. 

 

ZORÁ STRING QUARTET RESIDENCY RECITAL
The Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet Program 
Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m.

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

Quartet in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Zorá Quartet—violinists Dechopol Kowintaweewat and Seula Lee, violist Pablo Muñoz Salido, and cellist Zizai Ning—won the grand prize and gold medal at the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As a result, they toured the Midwest and appeared at the 2016 Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy. Also in 2015, they won the Coleman National Chamber Music Competition and the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

Free; no tickets or advance reservations required. 

 

COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE KAIJA SAARIAHO WITH THE CURTIS 20/21 ENSEMBLE
Sunday, October 30 at 3 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Celebrated violinist Jennifer Koh ('02) joins the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble for a concert portrait of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, "one of the most original compositional voices of our time" (Denver Post).

Free; no tickets or advance reservations required. 

The 2016-2017 composer in residence program is supported by a grant from the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.

This program, as a part of Curtis’s comprehensive approach to prepare its students for relevant and impactful 21st century careers in the arts, has been supported through an Advancement grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

 
 

THE STORY OF BABAR: CURTIS FAMILY CONCERTS WITH THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART
Sunday, November 13 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Imaginative, inspiring concerts bring music alive for the entire family. Tailored for kids ages 5 to 12, but captivating for listeners of all ages, the immensely popular Family Concert series puts well-known stories to music, bringing to life the tale of Babar the Elephant. Curtis students collaborate with the Philadelphia Museum of Art to create an interactive, accessible experience for the audience. Children attend free of charge. Join the fun and spark a child’s lifelong interest in music!

Music by Francis Poulenc, arranged by Darin Kelly

Tickets: $10 for adults, free for children twelve and under; sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or Curtis.edu/Tickets

This performance is sponsored by PECO.

 

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA: CURTIS OPERA THEATRE
Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Conner Gray Covington, conductor
Jordan Fein, stage director
Amy Rubin, set designer
Àsta Bennie Hostetter, costume designer
Barbara Samuels, lighting designer

BRITTEN The Rape of Lucretia

A brutal prince, a virtuous wife, a drunken wager: At their intersection, a marriage is defiled while enigmatic observers relate and react to the wrenching tale. Britten’s powerful tragedy set in ancient Rome captures Lucretia’s agony in music of aching beauty, even as it raises unanswerable questions. 

Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in English with supertitles.

3-production subscription: $24, $80 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902.

Single tickets: $10, $35 sold by the Prince Theater Box Office, Princetheater.org or (215) 422-4580.

The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation

 

1948: CURTIS 20/21 ENSEMBLE
Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

The years around 1948 marked the start of a Modernist revolution in music, as a new generation of rebellious composers produced wildly experimental work. The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble series begins in post-war Europe with the foundation of the early Darmstadt school and the (sometimes electronic) music of the young European avant-garde.

Free; no tickets or advance reservations required. 

 

MILLER THEATRE POP-UP CONCERT: CURTIS ON TOUR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m.

Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, New York

The orchestral nature of Brahms's G minor Piano Quartet, No. 25, along with its irresistible Gypsy-style final movement, makes it one of the finest of the genre. Stephen Tavani (violin), Ayane Kozasa (Viola '12, String Quartet '16), Zachary Mowitz (cello), and Chelsea Wang (piano), take on this multifaceted piece in the final Pop-Up Concert of 2016.

More information: www.millertheatre.com/events/curtis-on-tour-chamber-ensemble

 

MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES AT THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART
Saturday, December 10
Saturday, February 11
Saturday, March 18
Saturday, April 15

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
 
Music and art complement each other in these imaginatively curated programs, presented on select Saturdays. Free with museum admission, recitals take place at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m. 
 
More information: Curtis.edu/Galleries
 
Music in the Galleries is generously supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP. 
 
 

CURTIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Presented by PCMS
Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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

Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin ('63)
Roberto Díaz, viola ('84)
Student soloists to be announced
Curtis Chamber Orchestra
 
Special Two-Part Concert

Part I
MOZART
Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Major, K. 207
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219

Part II
MOZART
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 211
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364

The Curtis Chamber Orchestra embarks on a memorable two-part journey through all five Mozart Violin Concertos, with soloists drawn from the orchestra, as well as the exquisite Sinfonia Concertante featuring Shmuel Ashkenasi and Roberto Díaz.

Tickets: $30, sold by the PCMS Box Office, PCMSConcerts.org or (215) 569-8080.

 

CURTIS ON TOUR IN THE UNITED STATES
The Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative
December 5–January 21

Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin ('63)
Roberto Díaz, viola ('84)
Student soloists to be announced
Curtis Chamber Orchestra

Programs to include:

MOZART
Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Major, K. 207
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 211
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219
Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364

December 5      Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.

December 10    University of Delaware, Newark, Del.

January 8         National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

January 10       Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers, Fla. 

January 11       Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Fla. 

January 13/14  Sunset Cultural Center, Carmel, Calif.

January 17       Humboldt State University, Arcata, Calif. 

January 21       Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, Calif.

Program details and more information: Curtis.edu/CurtisonTour

 

CURTIS PRESENTS: DOVER QUARTET
Sunday, January 29 at 3 p.m.

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

Dover Quartet
Joel Link, violin ('14)
Bryan Lee, violin ('14)
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola ('14)
Camden Shaw, cello ('14)

Roberto Díaz, viola ('84)

Since forming at Curtis in 2008, the Dover Quartet has charted a meteoric rise, becoming one of the most exciting and in-demand chamber ensembles of their generation. Having swept the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the group returned to Curtis as its first quartet in residence, continuing the school's unparalleled lineage of string quartet playing. They have since toured the globe performing over 120 concerts annually. For this homecoming recital the Dover Quartet will be joined by violist Roberto Díaz, Curtis's president.

4-concert subscription: $80 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902.

Single tickets: $25 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902.

 

CURTIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts

Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. 

Alumnae Hall Theatre, Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pa.

Sunday, February 5 at 8 p.m. 

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

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor (’91)
Carlos Ágreda, conducting fellow
Richard Woodhams, oboe (’68)

BARBER              Canzonetta
BERNSTEIN         Overture to Candide  
FRANÇAIX           L’Horloge de Flore (The Flower Clock)
STRAUSS            Don Juan, Op. 20
RAVEL                Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé
 
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director of the Fort Worth Symphony, returns to lead Ravel’s atmospheric, shimmering Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, with its shifting hues and sensuous harmonies. Opening the program is Strauss’s exuberant tone poem Don Juan, inspired by the legendary passionate rogue whose exploits have inspired poets, painters, and composers for centuries.
 
Immaculata:
Tickets and more information: Immaculata.edu/Curtis-Orchestra
 
Philadelphia:

3-concert subscription: $15–$110 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902. Single tickets: $5–$50 sold by the Kimmel Center Box Office, Kimmelcenter.org or (215) 893-1999.

 

THE NEW YORKERS: CURTIS 20/21 ENSEMBLE
Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

The "New York school" composers of the 1950s and 60s were just as irreverent as their European counterparts. With John Cage as a ringleader, composers like Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, and many others explored the new territory of abstract indeterminism that freed their work from traditional expectations.

Free; no tickets or advance reservations required. 

 

CURTIS AT LONGWOOD GARDENS
Saturday, February 18 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 26 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m.

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.

The longstanding collaboration between Curtis and Longwood Gardens continues in the spring of 2016 with student recitals held in the auditorium of this exquisite estate. Recitals free with Longwood admission.
Tickets and more information: available from Longwood Gardens at (610) 388-1000 or Longwoodgardens.org.

 

THE JUNGLE BOOK WITH PENNSYLVANIA BALLET II
Saturday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 26 at 2 p.m.

Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

In a reprise of last season's sold-out family concert, The Jungle Book returns to Philadelphia, with dancers from Pennsylvania Ballet II performing alongside Curtis musicians. This original ballet production was specially created for families with children ranging from preschool through fifth grade. Choreographer and creator Colby Damon worked closely with composer John B. Hedges (Composition '02), set designer Sebastienne Mundheim, and costume designer Rebecca Kanach to bring to life a one-of-a-kind story in which a young boy learns about life and morality from the world and creatures around him.  

More information: www.paballet.org/jungle-book


 
Pennsylvania Ballet II's The Jungle Book is generously sponsored by Cigna.
 

 

CURTIS PRESENTS: CARTER BREY
Sunday, February 26 at 3 p.m.

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

Carter Brey, cello 
Benjamin Pasternack, piano ('76)

SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
BERNSTEIN Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, transcr. Benjamin Pasternack
CARTER  Cello Sonata
KIRCHNER  For Solo Cello
CHOPIN  Sonata in G minor, Op. 65

Carter Brey has been a force in classical music for over 35 years. As a soloist he has appeared with numerous major American orchestras. As a chamber musician he has performed and recorded with an elite circle of musical partners. He has been principal cello of the New York Philharmonic for the past 20 years and joined the Curtis faculty in 2008. He will be joined in this duo recital by pianist Benjamin Pasternack. 

4-concert subscription: $80 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902.

Single tickets: $25 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902.

Mr. Brey holds the Nina and Billy Albert Chair in Cello Studies.

 

DOCTOR ATOMIC: CURTIS OPERA THEATRE
Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.

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

Timothy Myers, conductor
RB Schlather, stage director
Paul Tate dePoo III, set designer
Terese Wadden, costume designer
JAX Messenger, lighting designer
Michael Kiley, sound designer

ADAMS Doctor Atomic

At the dawn of the nuclear age, scientists at Los Alamos prepare to test the first atomic bomb while pondering the massive destructive power of the force they will soon unleash. "A moving and compelling work of moral, as well as musical, grandeur" (DailyTelegraph), this compelling drama by John Adams captures the conflicted soul of an era. 

Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in English with supertitles.

3-production subscription: $24, $80 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902.

Single tickets: $10, $35 sold by the Kimmel Center Box Office, Kimmelcenter.org or (215) 893-1999.

This production is sponsored in part by Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman. The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.


SNOW WHITE: CURTIS FAMILY CONCERTS WITH PENNSYLVANIA BALLET II
Sunday, March 26 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Tailored to kids ages 5 to 12 but captivating for listeners of all ages, the immensely popular Curtis Family Concerts bring music alive for the entire family. Experience the tale of Snow White as she runs away from the evil queen and finds solace with seven friendly dwarfs. Watch as the witch convinces her to bite the poisoned apple and witness the magic of true love's kiss. This one-hour ballet is choreographed by Samantha Dunster, assistant director of Pennsylvania Ballet, and features Curtis musicians performing an original score by Kermit Poling.
 
Single tickets: Adults: $10; children under 12: free sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902.

 

CURTIS PRESENTS: ELLIOT MADORE
Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m.

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

Elliot Madore, baritone ('10)
Mikael Eliasen, piano

Since his win at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Canadian baritone Elliot Madore has captivated audiences from many of the world's pre-eminent opera stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Opernhaus Zürich. He’ll bring his superb voice and artistry to the intimate stage of Field Concert Hall alongside pianist and teacher Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre. 
 
4-concert subscription: $80 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902.
 
Single tickets: $25 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Tickets or (215) 893-7902.
 

 

LA RONDINE: CURTIS OPERA THEATRE
Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

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

Kensho Watanabe, conductor ('13, '15)
Stephanie Havey, stage director
Brandon McNeel, set designer
Matthew Pedersen, costume designer
Jeff Harris, lighting designer

PUCCINI La rondine
 
Money buys happiness but not true love for Magda, the heroine of Puccini's comic opera. Abandoning her lavish life with a rich banker for the affection of a poor young student, she realizes, heartbroken, that she is unworthy of his marriage proposal. Evocative waltzes and glowing melodies enliven Puccini's elegant score.
 
3-production subscription: $24, $80 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/tickets or (215) 893-7902.
 
Single tickets: $10, $35 sold by the Kimmel Center Box Office, Kimmelcenter.org or (215) 893-1999.

This production is sponsored in part by Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman. The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
 
 

CURTIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts

Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, Pa. 


Sunday, May 7 at 8 p.m.

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

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano ('64)
Conner Gray Covington, conducting fellow 

AHO   Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra
BRAHMS Concerto No. 1 in D Minor for Piano, Op. 15
STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (A Hero's Life)
 
The Minnesota Orchestra's charismatic music director, Osmo Vänskä, joins forces with the formidable Peter Serkin in the monumental Piano Concerto No. 1 by Brahms. Continuing the theme of heroic struggle leading to ultimate triumph is Ein Heldenleben, Strauss's autobiographical epic. The program opens with music by Finnish composer Kalevi Aho, whose Geija was inspired by an ancient indigenous culture native to western China.
 
Allentown:
Tickets and more information: Millersymphonyhall.org

Philadelphia:
3-concert subscription: $15–$110 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/tickets or (215) 893-7902. Single tickets: $5–$50 sold by the Kimmel Center Box Office, Kimmelcenter.org or (215) 893-1999.
 

 

CURTIS ON TOUR IN EUROPE
The Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative
May 20–30

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Benjamin Schmid, violin (’91)
Roberto Díaz, viola (’84)
Peter Serkin, piano (’64)
Curtis Symphony Orchestra 
 

May 20 Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki, Finland

May 22 Die Glocke, Bremen, Germany

May 23 Konzerthaus Berlin, Berlin, Germany

May 24 Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany

May 29 Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria

May 30 Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria

Program details and more information: Curtis.edu/CurtisonTour 

 

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