Spring Gala: A Legacy of Keyboards

Gala | April 29, 2022 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

After highlighting Curtis’s winds, brass, and percussion with our virtual Sounds of Strength gala last year, Curtis is proud to triumphantly return in person to celebrate the Legacy of Keyboards in 2022!  We cordially invite you to join us for an evening of music, friends, and festivities with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.

Sponsors and Maestro Circle ticket holders will experience a tapas-style dinner reception before attending a powerful performance by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. All supporters of the Spring Gala are invited to join the dessert reception after the Orchestra performance.

For more information, please contact advancement@curtis.edu. We look forward to seeing you all there!

JULIA PERRY A Short Piece for Orchestra
BÉLA BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 2
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
  • April 29, 2022
  • 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Kimmel Center


  • Robert Spano—conductor, pianist, composer, and teacher—is known worldwide for the intensity of his artistry and distinctive communicative abilities. After twenty seasons as music director, he continues his association with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as music director laureate. He has served as music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2011 and begins an initial three-year term as music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in August 2022, currently acting as music director designate.

    For the 2021–22 season, Mr. Spano will continue with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, sharing the role of artistic advisor with principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles. Highlights include an opening night program of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and “Emperor” Concerto with Garrick Ohlsson.

    The 2018–19 season featured Mr. Spano’s highly-acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut, leading the U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie, and the conclusion of the ASO’s two-year “LB/LB” celebration commemorating Leonard Bernstein and Ludwig van Beethoven. Recent concert highlights include several world premiere performances including Bruce Dessner’s Voy a Dormir at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; George Tsontakis’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Dimitrios Skyllas’s Kyrie eleison with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jennifer Higdon’s Tuba Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Matthew Ricketts’s Melodia, For Piano and Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival; and Miserere by ASO bassist Michael Kurth.

    Guest engagements have included the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota orchestras; New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; and the San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and New World symphonies, among many others. Internationally, Mr. Spano has led the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Saito Kinen Orchestra, and the Melbourne and Sydney symphonies. His opera performances include Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Seattle Opera.

    With a discography of recordings for Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon, and ASO Media, Mr. Spano has garnered four Grammy™ Awards and eight nominations with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He is on faculty at Oberlin Conservatory and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University, and Oberlin. Mr. Spano is a recipient of the Georgia Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities and is one of two classical musicians inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

  • Although the coronavirus pandemic has curtailed most in-person performances, Mr. Bronfman is engaged in a number of online concerts in Fall 2020, including appearances with the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a solo concert for the Gilmore Foundation, and a recital with the Emerson String Quartet for the 92nd Street Y.

    Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Mr. Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. In the United States, he studied at the Juilliard School, Marlboro School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, under Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists, he received the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University in 2010 and an honorary doctorate in 2015 from the Manhattan School of Music.

    Mr. Bronfman joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2020. He also teaches at the Manhattan School of Music.

  • Acclaimed for its “otherworldly ensemble and professional level of sophistication” (New York Times), the Curtis Symphony Orchestra offers a dynamic showcase of tomorrow’s exceptional young talent. Each year the 100 extraordinary musicians of the orchestra work with internationally renowned conductors, including Osmo Vänskä, Vladimir Jurowski, Marin Alsop, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Yannick Nézet Séguin, who also mentors the early-career conductors who hold Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellowships. This professional training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in America’s leading orchestras, as well as esteemed orchestral, opera, and chamber ensembles around the world.

Guest conductor appearances for each Curtis Symphony Orchestra performance are made possible by the Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser Chair in Conducting Studies. Orchestral concerts are supported by the Jack Wolgin Curtis Orchestral Concerts Endowment Fund.

Curtis is grateful for early support from the following friends.

Mark and Robin Rubenstein
Penelope and Thomas Watkins

Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz
John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick
Nina Baroness von Maltzahn

Derek and Sissela Bok
Deborah M. Fretz
Mignon and Jim Groch
Jacobs Music and the Rinaldi Family
Linda E. Johnson
Lisa and Gie Liem
Susan and Frank Mechura

Tobe Amsterdam
Frank S. Bayley
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William R. Brody
Anthony B. Creamer III
Elliott-Lewis Corporation
Gordon and Patricia Fowler
Gordon and Llura Gund
INTECH Construction
Andrew Jacobs and Katherine Park
Fran and Leon Levy
James and Betty Matarese
Cornelia B. and R. Ashbrook McCann
John J. Medveckis
Edward A. Montgomery, Jr.
Rosalind and Roy Neff
C. Richard Neu and Virginia L. Ambrosini
PNC Bank Foundation
Bob and Caro Rock
Thomas and Patricia Vernon

Louis P. Barbarin and Virginia Barbarin
Victoria Bok
Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr.
Dr. Stuart and Carol Cohn
Barbara Eberlein and Jerry Wind
Bayard and Stacy Fiechter
Susan and Sherwood “Woody” Goldberg
Kate Hall
Marsha Hunter and Brian K. Johnson
Martha Morse
Zoë Pappas
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R. Shipley III
Ms. Betty Whelchel and Mr. Doug Kruse

Eric Brauer and Luanne McGrain
Gina Montana and Family
Catherine Radbill
Judith and James Ritchings
Amanda and Dick Smoot

Mr. Arthur Fleiss
Bradford Kline
Ewa and Daniel Lewis
William A. Loeb
Mr. David Richman and Ms. Janet Perry
Mark N. Steinberger and Ann C. Lebowitz
Bobby Towcimak
Dr. R. J. Wallner

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