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Curtis Symphony Orchestra


 

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra has been called “an orchestra that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensemble” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Recent visiting conductors include Charles Dutoit, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas. This professional training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in America’s leading orchestras, as well as ensembles around the world.
 

2016-17 Season

Sunday, October 9 at 3 p.m. 

RAVEL L’enfant et les sortilèges 
BOULEZ Notations 
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition 

Corrado Rovaris, conductor
Conner Gray Covington, conducting fellow

Members of the Curtis Opera Theatre

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

Corrado Rovaris, music director of Opera Philadelphia, presides over a program that is part-symphonic, part-operatic. Members of the Curtis Opera Theatre portray the temperamental child and animated objects of Ravel’s colorful and quirky one-act opera, L’enfant et les sortilèges. And a restrained Modernist masterwork by Pierre Boulez gives way to the moody, majestic Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky—a quintessential depiction of painting in musical form.

Ticket information
3-concert subscription: $15-$110 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/tickets or (215) 893-7902
Single tickets: $5-$50 sold by the Kimmel Center Box Office, Kimmelcenter.org or (215) 893-1999

 

Sunday, February 5 at 8 p.m. 

Dedicated to the memory of Otto-Werner Mueller

STRAUSS Don Juan, Op. 20
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
Remainder of program TBA

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor (’91)
Carlos Ágreda Arango, conducting fellow
Richard Woodhams, oboe (’68)

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

Additional Performance: Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pa. 
For tickets and more information, visit Immaculata.edu

Miguel Harth-Bedoya (’91), music director of the Fort Worth Symphony, returns to lead Ravel’s atmospheric, shimmering Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, with its shifting hues and sensuous harmonies. Opening the program is Strauss’s exuberant tone poem Don Juan, inspired by the legendary passionate rogue whose exploits have inspired poets, painters, and composers for centuries.

Ticket information
3-concert subscription: $15-$110 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/tickets or (215) 893-7902
Single tickets: $5-$50 sold by the Kimmel Center Box Office, Kimmelcenter.org or (215) 893-1999

 

Sunday, May 7 at 8 p.m.

AHO Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra
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.

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

Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, Pa. 
For tickets and more information, visit Millersymphonyhall.org

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.

Ticket information
3-concert subscription: $15-$110 sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/tickets or (215) 893-7902
Single tickets: $5-$50 sold by the Kimmel Center Box Office, Kimmelcenter.org or (215) 893-1999
 

 

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