Curtis Presents

Portrait of Bright Sheng

 

The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble performs works in collaboration with Bright Sheng, the 2019–20 composer in residence. Each piece on the program—composed, coached, and in many cases, performed by Dr. Sheng—embodies his unique compositional aesthetic, synthesizing Asian influences with the Western musical tradition. 

In a hallmark of its annual programming, the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble has presented concert portraits of iconic composers in residence Unsuk Chin, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Krzysztof Penderecki, Kaija Saariaho, Augusta Read Thomas, and Chen Yi, among many others. Of the ensemble’s Joan Tower portrait program, the New York Times wrote, “Ms. Tower could hardly have hoped for more passionate performances.”

The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-concert conversation between Bright Sheng and David Serkin Ludwig, artistic director of the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble. 

 

SHENG       Quartet No. 4 (“Silent Temple”)
  Vera Quartet
   
SHENG       Clearwater Rhapsody
  Cathy Yang, erhu
  Claire Bourg, violin
  Justin Goldsmith, cello
  Bright Sheng, piano
   
SHENG       Dance Capriccio
  Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin
  Youjin Lee, violin
  Cynthia Phillippi, viola
  Albert Seo, cello
  Zitong Wang, piano
   
SHENG       Deep Red
  Pius Cheung, marimba
  Jihoo Yu, flute
  Kip Zimmerman, oboe
  Yan Liu, clarinet
  Rachael Lee, bassoon
  Andrew Stump, horn
  Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin
  Youjin Lee, violin
  Cynthia Phillippi, viola
  Albert Seo, cello
  Jason Henery, double bass
  William Yang, piano
  Bright Sheng, conductor

 

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


The Curtis Presents season is sponsored by Blank Rome LLP.

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