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.
|Short Ride in a Fast Machine
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.
The Mannheim Rocket
“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.
Lyric for Strings
“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. Scriabin’s rarely heard Poem of Ecstasy provides the exhilarating close.
Orchestral concerts are supported by the Jack Wolgin Curtis Orchestral Concerts Endowment Fund.