Ned Rorem Celebration Concert

Curtis Presents | April 2, 2024 7:30 p.m.

The Curtis Institute of Music honors the life, legacy, and genius of alumnus, longtime faculty member, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and prolific writer Ned Rorem (’44) with a concert at Field Concert Hall. Mr. Rorem received a GRAMMY Award and wrote three symphonies, four piano concerti, ten operas, choral works, ballets, song cycles, and numerous orchestral works in his lifetime. Revered faculty members, rising stars of the Curtis Opera Theatre, and some of the school’s gifted musicians pay tribute to one of the greatest American composers of the twentieth century and a cultural luminary who inspired generations of young artists and composers.

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Sarah Fleiss, soprano
Katie Trigg, mezzo-soprano
Jarrett Ott (Opera ’04), baritone
Miloš Repický, piano

Matthew Hakkarainen (’22), violin
Kerry Ryan (’98), viola
Priscilla Lee (’03), cello

Amy Yang, piano

ROREM "Early in the Morning"
"I am Rose"
"The Serpent"
Emily's Aria: "Take me Back up the Hill" from Our Town
"On an Echoing Road" from Evidence of Things Not Seen
Piano Sonata No. 2
Santa Fe Songs

Santa Fe
Opus 101
Any Other Time
Coming Down the Stairs
He Never Knew
El Musico
The Wintry-Mind
Moving Leaves
Yes I Hear Them
The Sowers

  • April 2, 2024
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall


  • Born in Bratislava, Slovakia and raised in France and Canada, Miloš Repický has developed a diverse musical presence as pianist, conductor, chamber musician, educator, and producer. He is on the music staff at the Metropolitan Opera, where he serves as assistant conductor and prompter, played harpsichord continuo for Le nozze di Figaro, and has led the musical preparation of Jenufa, La fanciulla del West, Anna Bolena, The Death of Klinghoffer, and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, among many other operas. He has collaborated regularly with the Cleveland Orchestra for operas including Tristan und Isolde, Cunning Little Vixen, Ariadne auf Naxos, Pelléas et Mélisande, and Daphne; Vienna’s Musikverein; Luxembourg Philharmonie; Lincoln Center Festival; and the Joffrey Ballet. He works regularly with the Santa Fe Opera and the Canadian Opera Company, and has also worked with Houston Grand Opera, Spoleto Festival, San Francisco Opera, the Dallas Symphony, the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman, and the Orquestra Sinfónica de Galicia. Mr. Repický is also the artistic director of Music for Montauk, on Long Island, N.Y.

    Credits as music director with Toronto-based Against the Grain Theatre include #UncleJohn and the development of a new, immersive work, No One’s Safe, at the Banff Centre. At Kennedy Center’s World Stages Festival, he conducted Tobin Stokes and Heather Raffo’s opera, Fallujah. He has performed chamber music and partnered singers at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Alice Tully Hall, Curtis on Tour, Carnegie Hall, Four Seasons Centre, Manchester Music Festival, Medici TV, TED, Jeunesses-Musicales de Montréal, and the Banff Centre. He is featured pianist on the Sundialtech Pictures multimedia DVD of Pierrot Lunaire. In addition to the Met’s HD, radio and SIRIUS satellite broadcasts, his performances have been heard on NPR, Performance Today, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, New York’s WQXR radio, and CUNY TV.

    Mr. Repický studied at the University of Victoria with Robin Wood and Winifred Scott Wood, at the Manhattan School of Music with Warren Jones, and is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, San Francisco Opera Center, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has served on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Yale Opera, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Chautauqua Institution, and the Castleton Festival.

    Mr. Repický joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2016 and was named the Hirsig Family Chair in Vocal Studies in 2022.

  • American baritone Jarrett Ott (Opera ’14), one of Opera News’ twenty-five “Rising Stars,” and called “a man who is seemingly incapable of an unmusical phrase,” is enjoying an international career at the age of 36. In the 2023–24 season, Mr. Ott will sing the title role in a world-premiere work with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the title role in Pascal Dusapin’s Macbeth Underworld with Opéra ComiqueColonel Álvaro Gómez in a new production by Calixto Bieito’s of The Exterminating Angel by Thomas Adès with Opéra national de Paris, and Don Pedro de Alvarado in Purcell’s The Indian Queen with Teodor Currentzis and the Salzburg Festival. In concert, Mr. Ott joins the Colorado Symphony and Oregon Bach Festival for Vaughan-Williams’ A Sea Symphony, the US Naval Academy in Annapolis for Messiah, and Symphoria in Syracuse, NY, for an evening of opera favorites.

    In the 2022–23 season, Mr. Ott made his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu as Lescaut in Manon, the Opéra Comique as Jan Nyman in Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Staatstheater Stuttgart, the prisoner in David Lang’s prisoner of the state with Malmö Opera and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and Maximilian in Candide with the Hamburg Symphoniker at the Lausitz Festival. In the US, he performed Conte in Le nozze di Figaro with Pittsburgh Opera, reprised the role of John Seward for a performance and recording of The Lord of Cries with Odyssey Opera, and joined colleagues for the inaugural Sag Harbor Song Festival on Long Island.

    A native of Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, Jarrett Ott is based in New York and received his master’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music.

  • Praised by the Washington Post as a “jaw-dropping pianist who steals the show…with effortless finesse,” pianist Amy Yang balances an active career as soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Among Ms. Yang’s numerous collaborators are Yefim Bronfman, Roberto Díaz, Miriam Fried, Richard Goode, Kim Kashkashian, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Anne-Marie McDermott, Tito Muñoz, and Joseph Silverstein; the St. Paul and Mahler chamber orchestras; Third Coast Percussion; A Far Cry; members of the Guarneri String Quartet; and the Dover, Jasper, and Aizuri string quartets. She has appeared as a soloist with the Houston, Tuscaloosa, and Mansfield symphony orchestras; the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria Eduardo Mata de la UNAM. Ms. Yang has also performed in solo and chamber recitals for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society—including a solo recital and collaborations with Jasper String Quartet in piano quintets by Tania Léon and Joan Tower for their 35th season. She was also featured in a full episode of Emmy® Award-winning producer Jim Cotter’s Articulate, which aired on PBS in 2021.

    At the Curtis Institute of Music, she is the Associate Dean of Piano Studies and Artistic Initiatives. She previously held the roles of Program Director and piano faculty of Curtis Summerfest’s Young Artist Summer Program for nine summers. She will make her debut playing Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in April 2023.

    Ms. Yang has premiered music by Caroline Shaw, Avner Dorman, Michael Hersch, Ezra Laderman, and Hua Yang. She has appeared in such prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall; at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Aldeburgh, Bravo! Vail, Chelsea, Olympic, and Ojai music festivals; Verbier Academy; Cal Performances; Caramoor; IMS Prussia Cove; Music from Angel Fire; and Chamber Music Northwest, among others. Ms. Yang’s discography includes a debut solo album (MSR Classics); recordings with violinists Tessa Lark (First Hand Records) and Itamar Zorman (BIS Records) and clarinetist José Franch-Ballester (iTinerant Records); and a live recording of music by Michael Hersch, performed at the Aldebergh Festival (New Focus Records).

    Ms. Yang is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Yale School of Music, and joined the Curtis faculty in 2011.

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