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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. 

Orchestral concerts are supported by the Jack Wolgin Curtis Orchestral Concerts Endowment Fund.

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Single tickets will be available for sale later this summer. Purchase information will be posted as it becomes available.


Sunday, October 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Juanjo Mena, conductor
Carlos Ágreda, Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center 
300 South Broad Street

ADAMS              Short Ride in a Fast Machine
STRAUSS           Don Quixote 
BERLIOZ            Symphonie fantastique

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.



Sunday, January 28 at 3 p.m.

Gilbert Varga, conductor
Yue Bao, Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center 
300 South Broad Street

CORIGLIANO            The Mannheim Rocket 
BARTÓK                   The Miraculous Mandarin Suite
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  Scheherazade 

“A masterful interpreter” (Baltimore Sun), British conductor Gilbert Varga brings his elegant, electric style to the lush melodic legends of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade—and to the blazing colors and shocking storyline of Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin. John Corigliano’s Mannheim Rocket offers an explosive opening.


Sunday, April 29 at 8 p.m.

Karina Canellakis (Violin ’04), conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center 
300 South Broad Street

“The model of a modern musician” (Los Angeles Times) and winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Curtis alumna Karina Canellakis returns to lead the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.  



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