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Curtis 20/21 Ensemble


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 concert portraits of iconic composers in residence John Corigliano, George Crumb, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Steven Stucky, among others. Of the ensemble’s Joan Tower portrait program, 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.


2016-17 SEASON


Beyond Darmstadt

Saturday. March 25 at 8 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall
Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street
Free, no tickets required

PÄRT                 Fratres
REICH               Electric Counterpoint
DIBERARDINO   Ornithopter
RZEWSKI         Les Moutons de Panurge
GLASS              String Quartet No. 5

As the Darmstadt school exerted an aesthetic dominance over the middle part of the 20th century, a similarly strong reaction grew in response. A new group of American minimalists, neo-Romantics, and “Downtown” composers emerged to create a new ecology of vivid sounds and vibrant rhythm that redefined new music and initiated the post-Modern era of today. 

Streamed live on Curtis Performs and broadcast through Facebook Live.

Live streaming of Curtis performances in 2016-17 is made possible by BNP Paribas.






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