2018-19 Season Subscriptions

2018–19 Season Subscriptions

Each year at Curtis, we tailor our performances and repertoire to best suit the unique needs of our gifted students while allowing us to showcase their breathtaking talent. The season ahead is no exception!

Explore the highlights of each subscription series below. Subscribers enjoy many benefits including access to our patron services staff, no ticket fees on subscription purchases, and complimentary ticket exchanges throughout the year. Please join us by subscribing today!



Members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra standing after a concert


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

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

Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m.

Mark Russell Smith, conductor (’87)

       Repertoire to be announced

Sunday, April 14 at 8 p.m.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center  
Une Barque sur l'ocean
Symphony No. 4






Members of the Curtis Opera on Stage Singing


Today's most promising young voices resonate in opera on the edge, with imaginative productions, bold concepts, and absorbing theatre. Come see our finest become their best.

Trouble in Tahiti

Leonard Bernstein

Dido and Aeneas

Henry Purcell
Lisa Keller, music director
Chas Rader-Shieber, stage director

Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 7 at 2:30 p.m.
Prince Theater 
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Sweeney Todd

Stephen Sondheim
Geoffrey McDonald, conductor
Emma Griffin, stage director

Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Prince Theater 
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Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Karina Canellakis, conductor (Violin ’04)
R.B. Schlather, stage director

Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center  

Empty the House

New Commission (details to be announced)

Rene Orth (’16)
Empty the House libretto by Mark Campbell
Daniela Candillari, conductor
Mary Birnbaum, stage director

Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center  






Erika Gray and other Curtis Student's play a chamber music recital


A chamber music series like no other: unique, timeless, and intimate. Feel the rare energy of a diverse collection of artists—alumni, faculty, students, and friends—whose musical foundations are rooted in the Curtis community.

Kindred Spirits

Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m.
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Nigel Armstrong, violin (’13)
Field Concert Hall

Musical Homecoming

Sunday, November 4 at 3 p.m.
Judith Ingolfsson, violin (’92)
Vladimir Stoupel, piano
Field Concert Hall

Liebeslieder Waltzes

Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m.
Performers from the Curtis Opera Theatre to be announced
Mikael Eliasen, piano
Danielle Orlando, piano
Field Concert Hall

Additional Performance 

Date to be confirmed
Meng-Chieh Liu, piano (’93)
Field Concert Hall



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. 

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

Don Giovanni and Empty the House are presented as part of Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman, in partnership with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. 

Don Giovanni is sponsored in part by Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman. 

The Curtis Institute of Music receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. General operating support for Curtis is provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. 

Performances, artists, and venues are subject to change.

Verizon Hall Seating

Prince Theatre Seating