Overtones is the semi-annual magazine of the Curtis Institute of Music. The latest issue explores Gary Graffman's legacy as Curtis celebrates his 90th birthday; Tod Machover's influence on Curtis composers during his time as a guest faculty member; Curtis's self-reflection during the academic re-accreditation process; and more.
Curtis celebrates the 90th birthday of its past leader and beloved piano faculty member, Gary Graffman, who will be honored at a special Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert on October 28. Learn about Mr. Graffman's life and career in our expanded online tribute.
The reaccreditation process requires an intense period of self-study. Dean Paul Bryan relates the resulting discoveries—and their implications.
Pioneering composer and visiting faculty Tod Machover guided six young composers through new territory last spring. Composition chair David Ludwig and the students reflect on the journey. Below, listen to each of the student composer's works from the May 4 premiere concert.
Liberal arts chair and poet Jeanne Minahan McGinn is a discerning and generous listener. David Allen visits her classroom. Experience a musical setting of Dr. McGinn's poetry in this concert performance.
Cellist Oliver Herbert is setting his musical course with quiet conviction, writes Matthew Barker. Explore a selection of performances recorded during Oliver's time at Curtis, beginning with this historically informed performance of a Bach suite on a five-stringed cello.
The versatile trumpeter Kevin Cobb grounds his career in chamber music. Ian VanderMeulen reports on the American Brass Quintet member, who is also a busy New York freelancer and teacher. Below, listen to a track from Kevin's upcoming album.
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Read selections from previous issues.
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