Evening Seminars

Evening Seminars

For the first time, access the academic expertise of Curtis Institute of Music in a flexible, in-person course that is open to all.

Curtis’s evening seminars will deepen your experience of concertgoing through an exploration of the repertoire presented on a Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert. Taught by the chair of Curtis’s musical studies department, Jonathan Coopersmith, the seminars provide an expert dive into each composer’s life and the historical context of the corresponding programming. After attending, you’ll hear the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in performance with intimate knowledge of the repertoire and performers, transforming your listening experience.

Each seminar will focus on a particular piece from an upcoming concert, providing insight on the biography of the composer, the historical context of the piece, and an analysis of its form and what to listen for. Each night will also introduce a discussion topic related to classical music and the concert-going experience. Sign up for all three sessions for a full view of the repertoire being performed, or choose the sessions that most interest you for a closer look at a specific work.

Each seminar participant receives a prime seating ticket to the relevant Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert.


Seminars in 2020


January Seminars: Biss Plays Beethoven

January seminars focus on the repertoire performed by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra on January 31 at the Merriam Theater and on tour through February 8 at destinations along the east coast.

SMITH f(x) = sin²x –1/x
BEETHOVEN          Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”)
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43



April Seminars: Remembering Isaac Stern

April seminars center on the repertoire performed by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra on April 26 at Verizon Hall, in which Curtis celebrates the centenary of the renowned Isaac Stern. Conductor Michael Stern, son of the late violinist, and violin faculty Pamela Frank—both Curtis alumni—pay homage to the virtuosic giant who helped to shape the musical landscape for a generation. 


Music for a Scene from Shelley, Op. 7

BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Symphonic Dances