Overtones is the semi-annual magazine of the Curtis Institute of Music. The latest issue explores Curtis Summerfest's collaboration with the Sphinx Organization; renowned percussionist Robert van Sice's work with Curtis students; Jonathan Biss's deep relationship with Beethoven and his "Emperor" Concerto; and more.
Marimba master Robert van Sice embraces the sonic possibilities of the percussion studio.READ
Listen to percussion students perform works by Alejandro Viñao, Mark Applebaum, and Iannis Xenakis during a student recital featuring the Curtis percussion studio.
After 200 years, the power of Beethoven’s most majestic concerto endures, prompting deep reflection in performers like Curtis piano faculty Jonathan Biss.READ
Watch an excerpt from the newly-released fifth part in Jonathan Biss's Coursera course, Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. Or, make plans to hear Jonathan perform the "Emperor" with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä this January—in Philadelphia or on tour!
The Sphinx Performance Academy at Curtis Summerfest offers a conservatory experience to young Black and Latinx string players.READ
Hear from Sphinx participants and explore more photos from the Sphinx Performance Academy.
Hong Kong’s Intimacy of Creativity festival promotes interaction among composers, performers, and the audience. Curtis participants share their impressions.READ
Learn more about the festival and listen to recordings from the festival's world premier recitals.
Double bassist Paul Kowert blazes a unique career path through classical, jazz, bluegrass, and folk forms, driven by his desire for musical growth.READ
Listen to a track from Paul's group Hawktail, from their newly released album.
Read selections from previous issues.
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