Evening Seminars: Remembering Isaac Stern

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.

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. 

Each seminar participant receives a prime seating ticket to the April 26 concert.

 

Explore April Seminar Topics:

 6–7:45 p.m. in Locks Board Room, 1616 Locust Street

Explore a lesser known work by Philadelphia’s beloved son, Samuel Barber (Composition ’24), who also wrote the iconic Adagio for Strings.

This seminar ends at 7:45 p.m. to allow participants to attend the student recital at 8 p.m.

Cost of seminar includes prime seating ticket for Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert on Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m.

6–8 p.m. in Locks Board Room, 1616 Locust Street

Rachmaninoff’s exhilarating Symphonic Dances, filled with drama and rhythmic complexity, have become a staple of the orchestral repertoire.

Cost of seminar includes prime seating ticket for Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert on Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m.

6–7:45 p.m. in Locks Board Room, 1616 Locust Street

Renowned violin faculty member Pamela Frank (’89) performs as the soloist in the virtuosic Violin Concerto in D major. Learn about the innovations and intricacies that made this piece a revolutionary work of solo repertoire.

This seminar ends at 7:45 p.m. to allow participants to attend the student recital at 8 p.m.

Cost of seminar includes prime seating ticket for Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert on Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m.

 

Pricing:

One seminar (one orchestra ticket included) is $175
Two seminars (one orchestra ticket included) is $300
Three seminars (one orchestra ticket included) is $400
Add on an extra orchestra ticket for just $20