Additional tours and engagements are announced on a rolling basis.
In lieu of the live concerts that had been planned for this year’s Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library, Curtis on Tour offers a free virtual performance featuring artists who have appeared at the festival since its inaugural year in 2015. Curtis on Tour is the resident ensemble at the festival, which is presented by the Schwarz Foundation and the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
September and October 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Curtis on Tour has postponed its tour to Europe in Fall 2020. We hope to reschedule for Fall 2021 and information will be updated as it becomes available.
Liza Ferschtman (Violin ’00) and faculty member Edward Gazouleas (Viola ’84) are joined by emerging artists to perform favorite string quintets of Beethoven and Mendelssohn, and a work by Michael Djupstrom (Composition ’11) commissioned specifically for this tour.
The Dover Quartet, winner of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition and Curtis’s first string quartet in residence from 2013 to 2014, embarks on a virtual tour for audiences in Latin America from October 21–November 1, 2020.
The Dover Quartet is joined by guest cellist Brook Speltz in a concert broadcast for Chamber Music Monterey Bay on November 7. This exciting program is centered on Schubert’s beloved String Quintet in C major, D. 956—often termed the “Cello Quintet” for its use of a second cello. Also on the program is a newly commissioned work by Curtis composition faculty member Richard Danielpour.
Noted musicologist Kai Christiansen presents each piece before it is performed and conducts an interview with Mr. Danielpout about his new work for string quintet.
Violist Tabea Zimmerman collaborates with a chamber orchestra of Curtis musicians for a residency and United States tour in January 2021. Ms. Zimmerman will lead the group and serve as a soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364 with fellow soloist Pamela Frank (Violin ’89). Also on the program are Britten’s Lachrymae, Op. 48a and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major. Op. 48.
Esteemed faculty Ida Kavafian, violin, and Peter Wiley (’74), cello, lead a quintet of string players in a program centered on Schubert’s beloved String Quintet in C major, D. 956—often termed the “Cello Quintet” for its use of a second cello. A newly commissioned work by Curtis composition faculty member Richard Danielpour rounds out the program.
Curtis on Tour manages solo engagements for Curtis artists with professional orchestras and presenters.