Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Emerging virtuosos all, the musicians of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra meld into an expression of something much greater. Add internationally renowned conductors and sparkling repertoire, and the result is an immersive experience with unique resonance.





Enduring Legacies: A 90th-Birthday Tribute to Gary Graffman (’46)

Sunday, October 28 at 3 p.m.

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Haochen Zhang, piano (’12)

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center  
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Piano Concerto No. 3


Pianist Gary Graffman joined the Curtis family at the tender age of seven, when he was accepted as a student. Throughout a celebrated career as soloist, teacher, and administrator, he has left his mark on music through his own performances and those of his students. In celebration of Mr. Graffman’s 90th birthday, alumnus Haochen Zhang (’12) returns to perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, a romantic powerhouse and staple of the Graffman legacy. The program also features Igor Stravinsky’s beloved ballet Petrushka, a house specialty since the days when conductor Leopold Stokowski led the Curtis orchestra; and Brio, a 2018 work exuding vitality and virtuosity by this year’s composer in residence, Augusta Read Thomas. The dynamic Giancarlo Guerrero, a Curtis favorite, returns to conduct.



Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m.

Mark Russell Smith, conductor (’87)

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center 
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Repertoire to be announced.



Yannick: Impressionist and Romantic

Sunday, April 14 at 8 p.m.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center 
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Une Barque sur l'ocean
Symphony No. 4


Throughout his meteoric rise to become a leading conductor of his generation, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has consistently captivated musicians and audiences with interpretations that are engrossing, scintillating, and deeply personal. His musical passions spring to life through the evocative colors and nuance of Ravel’s Une Barque sur l'océan; the steely grays and dusky impressionism of Claude Debussy’s Nocturnes; and the sweeping majesty of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 (“Romantic”).



Orchestral concerts are supported by the Jack Wolgin Curtis Orchestral Concerts Endowment Fund. 
Guest conductor appearances for each Curtis Symphony Orchestra performance are made possible by the Gustave and Rita Hauser Chair. 

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