Ensemble 20/21

Works from the 20th and 21st centuries form the heart of Ensemble 20/21’s repertoire. With a rich legacy of bold collaborations and striking productions, Ensemble 20/21 embraces the cutting edge of musical exploration through the highest level of artistry.


A Look Back at the 2019–20 Season

Portrait of Bright Sheng

Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, 1616 Locust Street

The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble performed works in collaboration with Bright Sheng, the 2019–20 composer in residence.

An on-stage conversation with Bright Sheng preceded the performance.



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#Persona: Exploring Identity through Music

Saturday, February 22 at 8 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, 1616 Locust Street

This concert of diverse and engaging music focused on composers who project their internal, personal identities onto their musical voices, allowing their ethnicity, sexuality, religion, and national origin to shine through.




This concert was postponed due to public safety measures related to COVID-19

Osvaldo Golijov’s song cycle Ayre weaves together musical strands from Spain, North Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and his native South America to create a new musical language of breathtaking creative expression. Sounds of technology and worldwide folk traditions combine with Western classical instruments to create a dramatic compendium of ancient storytelling through modern sonorities



Generous support for Ensemble 20/21 is provided by the Daniel W. Dietrich II Foundation.