Notes from the Rock

 


The Third Movement: Graffman as Curtis Director

October 19, 2018

After graduating, Gary Graffman began a celebrated solo career, but never lost touch with Curtis


The Second Movement: Graffman as a Young Performer

October 12, 2018

Gary Graffman describes his first steps into the world of professional music


The First Movement: Gary Graffman as a Curtis Student, 1936-1946

October 4, 2018

This October, join the Curtis Archives in celebrating Gary Graffman’s 90th birthday through a series of posts looking back on his life and career.


"Steeped" in Tradition

August 28, 2018

As a new school year begins, take a look back at one of Curtis's oldest rituals - Wednesday Afternoon Tea..


A Musical Family: Alice Chalifoux Rideout and Jeanne Chalifoux

July 11, 2018

Harpists Alice Chalifoux Rideout and Jeanne Chalifoux continued a tradition established by the legendary Carlos Salzedo


The First Curtis Commencement

April 25, 2018

As we look forward to celebrating the Curtis class of 2018, we look back at the very first Curtis Commencement, held 84 years ago.


Leonard Bernstein discusses A Quiet Place

March 14, 2018

“There is a garden, come with me, come with me, a shining garden come and see. Your love will teach us harmony and grace, your love will lead us to a quiet place.” —from Trouble in Tahiti, 1951


Interviews with Bernstein

February 14, 2018

John Gruen collection of Leonard Bernstein interviews


Bernstein: Duty and Career

January 18, 2018

As WWII escalated, young Bernstein feared missing his chance at success. If he left to fight for his country, would he still be a conductor when he returned?


Bernstein at Tanglewood

November 29, 2017

Bernstein and other Curtis students join Tanglewood in its first year


Bernstein: The Curtis Class of '41

November 2, 2017

“When I think back on the two years I spent in Philadelphia, my immediate memory is of a deeply moving experience.”


Bernstein: Conducting as a Conductor Conducts

October 24, 2017

“Suddenly I was studying with the great and fanatically severe Fritz Reiner.”


Bernstein's Beginnings at Curtis

October 11, 2017

In the fall of 1939 Leonard Bernstein auditioned for, and was accepted to, the Curtis Institute of Music.


Coming Soon: Bernstein in the Curtis Archives

October 6, 2017

This fall, the Curtis Archives prepares to celebrate alumnus Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with a series of online and in-person features on his life, his career, and his experience at Curtis.


Alumni Spotlight: Anthony di Bonaventura (Piano, '53)

August 31, 2017

Although many Curtis alums go on to prestigious performing careers, quite a few end up on the other side of the music stand


A Delayed Performance

March 3, 2017

Well known to Philadelphia Orchestra audiences, Kapell also enjoyed close acquaintance with Curtis director Efrem Zimbalist


Alumni Spotlight: Jeanne Behrend (Piano '34)

January 25, 2017

Native Philadelphian Jeanne Behrend was a member of the first graduating class at Curtis in 1934


Original "Syn"

October 6, 2016

A former violinist and Curtis student, Rockmore became the first, and arguably best, theremin virtuosa...