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Alumni Projects Top New York Times Year-End Selections

Concerts and conversations are among the best of 2020 says New York Times

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Projects led by alumnae J’Nai Bridges (Opera ’12) and Jennifer Koh (Violin ’02) were featured by the New York Times in its “Best of Classical Music of 2020.” Ms. Bridges spearheaded “Lift Every Voice” with the Los Angeles Opera, in which a panel of Black singers discussed “the discomfort, slights and pain artists of color have faced.” Ms. Koh’s Alone Together project involved commissions and donated works by 40 composers, including composition student Elizabeth Younan, which she performed for audiences on social media.

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In “10 Classical Concerts to Stream in December,” Zachary Woolfe recommends a recital of Haydn, Ligeti, and Dvorak to be performed on December 10 by the Dover Quartet (String Quartet ’14), Curtis’s new Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence. 

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Meanwhile, Weston Sprott (Trombone ’06) lent his voice to the latest in a popular series—“5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Beethoven”—exploring the glorious moment when the trombones make their first entrance in the composer’s Fifth Symphony.

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