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Curtis in the News: Alumni and A Quiet Place

Curtis performances and alumni are receiving critical attention across the country

Alumni in the News

Curtis alumni continue to excel and serve as leaders around the world. We are happy to share a small sampling of recent alumni coverage with the Curtis community.

PBS NewsHour: Stanford Thompson (Trumpet ’09), founder of Play On, Philly!, shares his musical journey to Curtis and discusses how music education positively affects all other learning.

New York Times: “The Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube” include a performance by Yuja Wang (Piano ’08) with the New York Philharmonic; Samuel Barber’s (Composition ’34) String Quartet in B minor as recorded by the Dover Quartet (String Quartet ’14) at Curtis; and a new production of Elektra with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra led by conducting mentor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Nézet-Séguin recently named Benjamin Bowman (Violin ’02) as a new concertmaster of the orchestra

WQXR: Xavier Foley (Double Bass ’16) performs Bach, Sperger, Franck, and an original work for WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase in advance of his Merkin Hall recital debut for Young Concert Artists International. Watch his full recital here.

Musical America: Musical America names recent alumna Abigail Kent (Harp ’17) its “New Artist of the Month.” The profile details her commitment to new works for harp, including a 2016 premiere of Andrew Hsu’s (Composition ’15) dahlianum.



A Quiet Place in the News

Part of our Bernstein centennial celebrations, Curtis Opera Theatre’s A Quiet Place performances in Philadelphia and New York City—plus supporting events—have been receiving critical attention.

Philadelphia Inquirer: This preview piece explores the complicated musical and personal history of A Quiet Place and looks forward to a fresh interpretation of the opera.

WWFM: Host Rachel Katz speaks with David Ludwig, chair of composition studies, and Ivy Weingram of the National Museum of American Jewish History about A Quiet Place, Bernstein's legacy, and the museum’s upcoming exhibit.

Philadelphia Magazine: A Quiet Place, presented in partnership with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, is listed among the top events in Philadelphia for the month of March.

WQXR: Curtis Opera Theatre’s concert performance at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York City is chosen as a “Must-See Classical Concert” by critic David Patrick Stearns.



Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman in partnership with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

A Quiet Place is sponsored in part by David and Sandy Marshall, BNP Paribas, and the Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for Opera.

The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation.