Premiere of video presentation includes new performances, interviews
PHILADELPHIA—May 4, 2021—The Curtis Institute of Music presents Sounds of Strength, a video presentation that highlights the history and transformative influence of the school’s winds, brass, and percussion departments. The video premieres on Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. ET in a virtual event.
The presentation includes interviews of Curtis students and faculty members—many of whom are alumni with significant teaching and performing careers—as well as new chamber performances and a popular archival recording of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.
The performances include a brass quintet by Victor Ewald performed by current students; a trio for bongos by percussion faculty member Rolando Morales-Matos; and a woodwind quintet by Jacques Ibert performed by the school’s celebrated faculty, representing principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. The presentation closes with Olivier Messiaen’s expansive and boisterous Turangalîla-Symphonie, which truly demonstrates the power and prowess of these three instrument families.
Additionally Sounds of Strength will explore the history of these instrumental studios, from Curtis’s founding faculty who established the orchestra’s “Philadelphia sound” and inspired generations of pedagogy through today’s students and mentors who are reshaping the course of a classical music education during the pandemic and beyond. Interview subjects include Jennifer Montone, principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Daniel Matsukawa (’92), principal bassoon of the Philadelphia Orchestra, among numerous others.
Free registration is available at Curtis.edu/SoundsOfStrength and provides admission to the live premiere as well as on-demand access to the presentation through May 31. Sounds of Strength runs approximately 45 minutes.
Curtis is grateful to the sponsors—including Jay H. Tolson, Nina Baroness von Maltzahn, Mark and Robin Rubenstein, and numerous trustees and friends of the school—whose support makes free access to this program available to the world.
Sounds of Strength is the latest in a series of annual celebrations leading up to Curtis’s centenary in 2024. Previous events have focused on the legacies and innovations of the vocal and strings departments, which are also host to some of the industry’s top performers and pedagogues.
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. For nearly a century Curtis has provided each member of its small student body with an unparalleled education alongside musical peers, distinguished by a “learn by doing” philosophy and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians. To ensure that admissions are based solely on artistic promise, Curtis makes an investment in each admitted student so that no tuition is charged for their studies. In a typical year, Curtis students hone their craft through more than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings in Philadelphia and around the world.
Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. ET
Presentation remains available on demand through May 31 at 11:55 p.m. ET
Registration: Free at Curtis.edu/SoundsOfStrength.
Interviews from current students and faculty include:
|VICTOR EWALD||Allegro moderato, from Quintet No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 5|
|Sarah Jessen, trumpet|
|Justin Bernardi, trumpet|
|Martina Smith, horn|
|Robert Conquer, trombone|
|Cristina Cutts Dougherty, tuba|
|JACQUES IBERT||Trois pièces brèves|
|Jeffrey Khaner, flute|
|Richard Woodhams (’68), oboe|
|Anthony McGill (’00), clarinet|
|Jennifer Montone, horn|
|Daniel Matsukawa (’92), bassoon|
|ROLANDO MORALES-MATOS||Little Rhumba|
|Don Liuzzi, bongos|
|Hamza Able, bongos|
|Hanna Kim (Timpani and Percussion ’20), bongos|
|OLIVIER MESSIAEN||Joie du sang des étoiles, from Turangalîla-Symphonie|
|Curtis Symphony Orchestra|
|Christoph Eschenbach, conductor|