Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Alone they create art.
Together they create awe.

Emerging virtuosos all, the musicians of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra meld into an expression of something much greater. Add internationally renowned conductors and sparkling repertoire, and the result is an immersive experience with unique resonance.





Curtis Symphony Orchestra with Karina Canellakis, conductor

Sunday, April 29 at 8 p.m.

Karina Canellakis (Violin ’04), conductor
Amanda Majeski (Opera ’09), soprano
Carlos Ágreda, conducting fellow

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center 


Lyric for Strings
Four Last Songs
Six Pieces for Orchestra
The Poem of Ecstasy


“The model of a modern musician” (Los Angeles Times) and winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Curtis alumna Karina Canellakis leads the orchestra on a rhapsodic journey. George Walker’s pensive lament for string orchestra sets the tone for Strauss’s poignant valedictory song cycle, featuring the “glowing” voice (Opera News) of Metropolitan Opera soprano Amanda Majeski, also a Curtis alumna. Webern’s Six Pieces for Orchestra offers an otherworldly counterpoint to Scriabin’s rarely heard Poem of Ecstasy, which provides the exhilarating close.      






Past Performances



Curtis Symphony Orchestra with Juanjo Mena, conductor

Sunday, October 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Juanjo Mena, conductor
Oliver Herbert, cello
Hae Sue Lee, viola
Carlos Ágreda, conducting fellow

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center 


Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Don Quixote
Symphonie fantastique


The Curtis Symphony Orchestra shines under the “world-class conducting” (Washington Post) of Juanjo Mena, chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, in a feast of Romantic storytelling. By turns whimsical and noble, Strauss’s take on the Cervantes novel Don Quixote gives way to the heady narrative of the Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz. A whirlwind tone poem by John Adams, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, sets it all in motion.

Curtis Symphony Orchestra with Gilbert Varga, conductor

Sunday, January 28 at 3 p.m.

Gilbert Varga, conductor
Yue Bao, conducting fellow

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center 


The Mannheim Rocket
Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin


“A masterful interpreter” (Baltimore Sun), British conductor Gilbert Varga brings his elegant, electric style to the lush melodic legends of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade—and to the blazing colors and shocking storyline of Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin. John Corigliano’s Mannheim Rocket offers an explosive opening.


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Orchestral concerts are supported by the Jack Wolgin Curtis Orchestral Concerts Endowment Fund.