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Curtis Celebrates the Bernstein Centenary with Philadelphia Recital February 10 and Nationwide Tour February 11–March 18

Chamber ensemble of alumni and students perform around the country with a program of works by famed alumnus Leonard Bernstein, as well as Copland and Gershwin


PHILADELPHIA—February 6, 2018—The Curtis Institute of Music celebrates the centenary of notable alumnus Leonard Bernstein (Conducting ’41) with a concert as part of the Curtis Presents series on Saturday, February 10 at 8 p.m. in Field Concert Hall. This performance kicks off a nationwide tour to venues in Arizona, California, Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., from February 11 through March 18.

Each performance features the Zorá String Quartet, Curtis’s string quartet in residence; renowned alumni Dominic Armstrong, tenor and David Shifrin, clarinet; and the exciting young pianist Jiacheng Xiong. The ensemble offers chamber music and songs from the prodigiously gifted composer and conductor who traversed styles and genres with ease, alongside works from Aaron Copland and George Gershwin.

Single tickets for the February 10 concert in Philadelphia cost $25 and are available from the Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or Curtis.edu/Performances. Ticket information for Curtis on Tour performances is available through each concert venue or at Curtis.edu/BernsteinTour.

Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and George Gershwin composed some of America’s most iconic and beloved music. Each told a distinctly American story: the Tin Pan Alley songs of Gershwin, the open spaces of the frontier as expressed by Copland, and the bustling jazz-flavored urbanity of Bernstein. With this program Curtis joins the worldwide centenary celebrations of Leonard Bernstein, a 1941 conducting graduate, who studied at the school in his early twenties just before launching his meteoric career. In addition to Curtis on Tour performances, the Curtis Opera Theatre presents Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, in the American premiere of the chamber arrangement by Garth Edwin Sunderland, with performances in New York and Philadelphia. And the Curtis archives open their collection to the public with photos, letters, programs, and more available online. Learn more at www.curtis.edu/Bernstein.

 

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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. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average. A tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission. With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and a “learn by doing” philosophy. Curtis students hone their craft through than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings each year in Philadelphia and around the world.

 


 

CURTIS PRESENTS: Leonard Bernstein Centenary Celebration

Saturday, February 10 at 8 p.m.

Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

 

David Shifrin, clarinet (’71)
Dominic Armstrong, tenor (’09)
Zorá String Quartet

Dechopol Kowintaweewat, violin
Hsuan-Hao Hsu, violin (’17)
Pablo Muñoz Salido, viola
Zizai Ning, cello

Jiacheng Xiong, piano

 

BERNSTEIN                           Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
BERNSTEIN                           “Extinguish My Eyes,” from Two Love Songs
                                                 “I’ve Been Afraid,” from A Quiet Place
                                                 “So Pretty”
                                                 “When My Soul Touches Yours,” from Two Love Songs
                                                  “My Twelve-Tone Melody”
                                                 “Dream with Me,” from Peter Pan
COPLAND                              Sextet for Piano, Clarinet, and String Quartet
GERSHWIN                            Lullaby for String Quartet
BERNSTEIN                           Songs and Dances from West Side Story; arr. John B Hedges (’02)

                                               

Single tickets: $25, sold by the Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or Curtis.edu/Performances.

 

The Curtis Presents season is sponsored by Blank Rome LLP.

 


 

CURTIS ON TOUR: Leonard Bernstein Centenary Celebration

 

David Shifrin, clarinet (’71)
Dominic Armstrong, tenor (’09)
Zorá String Quartet

Dechopol Kowintaweewat, violin
Hsuan-Hao Hsu, violin (’17)
Pablo Muñoz Salido, viola
Zizai Ning, cello

Jiacheng Xiong, piano

 

BERNSTEIN                           Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
BERNSTEIN                           Selected Songs
COPLAND                              Sextet for Piano, Clarinet, and String Quartet
GERSHWIN                            Lullaby for String Quartet
BERNSTEIN                           Songs and Dances from West Side Story; arr. John B Hedges (’02)

 

Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Sunday, February 11 at 3:30 p.m.

National Gallery of Art

 

Presented by the National Gallery of Art. For tickets and more information, visit www.nga.gov.

 

DAVIS, CALIF.

Sunday, February 25 at 2 p.m.

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

 

Presented by the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets and more information, visit www.mondaviarts.org.

 

PHOENIX, ARIZ.

Monday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Musical Instrument Museum

 

Presented by the Phoenix Chamber Music Society. For tickets and more information, visit www.mim.org.

 

STANFORD, CALIF.

Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University

 

Presented by Stanford Live. For tickets and more information, visit live.stanford.edu.

 

PORTLAND, ORE.

Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Alberta Rose Theatre

 

Presented by Chamber Music Northwest. For tickets and more information, visit cmnw.org.

 

LA JOLLA, CALIF.

Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m.

Athenaeum Music and Arts Library

 

Presented by Athenaeum Music and Arts Library. For tickets and more information, visit www.ljathenaeum.org.

 

HARRISBURG, PA.

Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Rose Lehrman Arts Center, Harrisburg Area Community College

 

Presented by Live at Rose Lehrman, Harrisburg Area Community College. For tickets and more information, visit www.hacc.edu.

 

FORT MYERS, FLA.

Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m.

Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center

 

Presented by the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center. For tickets and more information, visit www.sbdac.com.

 

PALM BEACH, FLA.

Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m.

The Society of the Four Arts

 

Presented by The Society of the Four Arts. For tickets and more information, visit www.fourarts.org.

 

 

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