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Curtis Symphony Orchestra


A “collective marvel” (Philadelphia Inquirer), the Curtis Symphony Orchestra embodies the sheer joy of music-making. Honing their craft under celebrated conductors, 100 young musicians perform with a fresh exuberance that makes each work new. 

2016-17 Season

Sunday, May 7 at 8 p.m.

BARBER, Adagio for Strings
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor
STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)

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

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, Pa.

Ticket information
Single tickets: $5-$50 sold by the Kimmel Center Box Office, or (215) 893-1999

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

Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, Pa. 

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.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mann Center for the Performing Arts

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra kicks off the Mann’s summer season with a celebration of the next generation, offered as a gift to the city and featuring the exuberant young artists of Play On, Philly! and the Rock School for Dance Education. An evening of inspiration for the whole family!

5 p.m. Doors open
7 p.m. Concert 

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