Music of Richard Danielpour
The Curtis Institute of Music honors distinguished composition faculty member Richard Danielpour in a celebratory evening of new work by the Grammy Award winner. Praised as “an outstanding composer for any time” (New York Daily News), Danielpour is one of the most sought-after and recorded American composers of his generation. These striking pieces capture three unique facets of his singular compositional voice.
Written in honor of his friend Nicola Bulgari’s eightieth birthday, Canti Della Natura, a trio for soprano, violoncello, and piano, utilizes the Italian text of original sonnets written by composer Antonio Vivaldi to accompany his violin Concerto Grosso in D minor, Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons). In what will surely be a high point of the night, the concert features a newly commissioned work for solo piano entitled Four Portraits, with Amy Yang (’06), “jaw-dropping pianist” (The Washington Post) and associate dean of piano studies and artistic initiatives at Curtis. The evening concludes with Danielpour’s string quintet (“A Shattered Vessel”)—an elegant, introspective work that contemplates life, death, loss, and healing.
Run Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes including one 15-minute intermission
Four Portraits (world premiere)
Amy Yang, piano
Canti Della Natura
Elena Perroni, soprano
String Quintet ("A Shattered Vessel")
Ida Kavafian, violin
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.