Peter Serkin, piano (’64)
|JONATHAN BAILEY HOLLAND (’96)||
|NINA C. YOUNG||
|DAVID LUDWIG (’01)||
Flowers in the Desert
Ode to Napoleon
Curtis alumnus and world-renowned pianist Peter Serkin (’64) joins Curtis 20/21 and the Vera String Quartet to perform Arnold Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, a work written in 1942 in response to the rise of authoritarianism and World War II. The program features other politically-charged works, including pieces by Curtis alumni Jonathan Bailey Holland and David Ludwig, 20/21’s artistic director, as well as gripping musical statements by David Lang and Nina Young.
There will be a pre-concert conversation on stage with some of the composers of these works, as well as a discussion of the intersection of politics and music.
Generous support for the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble is provided by the Daniel W. Dietrich II Foundation.