Special Concerts and Collaborations

Art to inspire, encourage, and empower.

Playing with spirit and joy, Curtis students are dedicated to collaboration, creativity, and stretching musical boundaries. Follow them as they step outside the concert hall to offer their artistry in unusual venues and community programs everywhere.


Crossing Voices

Crossing Voices is a new series of interactive community workshop-recitals designed to explore the creative process of arranging and interpreting music. These workshops provide a stage for participants to explore their own creative voices and make real-time decisions on arranging music, from orchestral masterpieces to popular tunes. The best part is, you get to hear your own original arrangement, performed by the Trio St. Bernard, immediately afterwards.

Crossing Voices is part of Curtis's Community Artis Program.  

All performances are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 1 
7:00-9:30 p.m.
Saint Mark's Church
1625 Locust St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Wednesday, May 2 
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Music Department, Room 126

Tuesday, May 8 
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Settlement Music School
416 Queen St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

Music in the Galleries

Presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Curtis musicians perform innovative solo and chamber programs in various galleries, exploring the fascinating relationship between music and art. Free with museum admission. 

Saturday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3 p.m. 

Saturday, February 10 at 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Music in the Galleries is generously supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP.


Curtis Schubertiade

Sunday, February 11 at 3 p.m.—Gould Rehearsal Hall

Friday, February 16 at 8 p.m.—Field Concert Hall

Saturday, February 17 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.— Field Concert Hall

From February 11 through 17, Curtis students, faculty, and alumni come together in a series of free public recitals to perform the great salon masterworks of Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828). These all-Schubert programs celebrate a profound and prolific genius who forever altered the course of Western classical music despite his tragically short life. Hear some of his most celebrated works for solo piano, voice, and chamber ensemble.

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Curtis at Longwood Gardens

The Curtis Institute of Music takes its remarkable young talents to Kennett Square, Pa., for recitals and concerts, accompanied by views of the seasonal glories of Longwood Gardens. Tickets are free with Longwood Gardens admission. Visit longwoodgardens.org for more information.

Sunday, February 18 at 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m.

Bernstein, Identity, and A Quiet Place

Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
National Museum for American Jewish History

Leonard Bernstein described his opera A Quiet Place as “unlike any work I have ever written or seen.” The story of a suburban family grappling with tragedy and long-buried resentments, the opera was a stark departure from his earlier, more exuberant stage works.

Join the Curtis Institute of Music, Opera Philadelphia, and NMAJH for a conversation how Leonard Bernstein’s identity shaped A Quiet Place. Panelists include Ivy Weingram, curator of the Museum’s Leonard Bernstein: the Power of Music; Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre and artistic advisor to Opera Philadelphia; Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and recipient of two 2018 Grammy Awards; and soprano Ashley Milanese, a member of the Curtis Opera Theatre and Opera Philadelphia Emerging Artist.

Presented in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia and the National Museum for American Jewish History

Free with advance registration. Learn more at www.nmajh.com.


Music for Food

Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m.
Saint Mark’s Church
1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

The final Music for Food event of the 2017–18 season takes place on March 15 at Saint Mark’s Church. The program features performances from renowned chamber musicians and Curtis faculty members Hsin-Yun Huang (viola) and Peter Wiley (cello). Suggested donations of $20, or $10 from students and seniors, are collected at the door. Proceeds benefit Saint Mark’s Church Food Cupboard.

Music for Food is a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in local communities. This concert is organized in part by Curtis student Cassie Pilgrim in support of her Community Artist Program project.