The third concert of the Curtis Presents season builds upon the school’s longstanding tradition of innovation, inspiration, and artistic excellence as it celebrates eight of its distinguished composition alumni. As Curtis looks to its centenary in 2024, this retrospective program highlights iconic Curtis composers George Walker (’45), Jennifer Higdon (’88), Leonard Bernstein (Conducting ’41), David Serkin Ludwig (’01), Samuel Barber (’34), Ned Rorem (’44), Julius Eastman (’63), and recently appointed composition faculty member, Jonathan Bailey Holland (’96), in an evening of boundary-pushing chamber works and early-career classics that shaped the landscape of contemporary classical music.
|HIGDON||Autumn Music, for wind quintet|
|BERNSTEIN||Sonata for Clarinet and Piano|
|LUDWIG||Three Pictures from the Floating World, for bassoon and string trio|
|BARBER||Canzone (Elegy), for flute and piano|
|ROREM||Mountain Song for fl, ob, vln, or vc and pno|
|EASTMAN||Piano Pieces I-IV|
|BAILEY HOLLAND||Introit, for brass quintet|
Past and future meet through Curtis Presents, which features a diverse collection of artists—alumni, faculty, students, and contemporary creators—whose musical foundations are rooted in the Curtis community. This series of intimate and innovative recitals offers a unique experience with exceptional artistry and one-of-a-kind programs.