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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


The New Yorkers

Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m.

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

The American movement of the “New York School” artists of the 1950s and 1960s were just as irreverent as their European counterparts. With John Cage as a ringleader, composers like Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, and Christian Wolff explored new territory, freeing their work from traditional expectations.

Pre-concert conversation with Laura Kuhn, Director of the John Cage Trust.


59 1/2” for a String Player (1953) (cello)

45’ for a Speaker (1954)

31’ 57.9864” for a Pianist (1954)

26’ 1.1499” for a String Player (1955) (viola)

27’ 10.554” for a Percussionist (1956)



Beyond Darmstadt: Part II 

Saturday. March 25 at 8 p.m.

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

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. 






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