Sounds of Strength

A Showcase Celebrating Winds, Brass, and Percussion Studios 


“Maybe we didn’t put enough emphasis on how we were interacting with each other before the pandemic. We took it for granted, the ability to surprise—those precious moments of extreme humanity. 

—David Bilger, trumpet faculty

Curtis invites you to join us for a video premiere spotlighting the winds, brass, and percussion studios. Told through performances and interviews, Sounds of Strength shares the vivid story of how faculty, students, and alumni develop their individual voices within the tapestry of instrumental sound cultivated in Philadelphia.  

With the magic of Curtis front and center, you’ll hear orchestral and chamber music selections by Victor Ewald, Jacques Ibert, Olivier Messiaen, and Rolando Morales-Matos. Discover how the unique educational experience among these studios resonates today.



VICTOR EWALD Allegro moderato, from Quintet No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 5
  Sarah Jessen, trumpet
  Justin Bernardi, trumpet 
  Martina Smith, horn
  Robert Conquer, trombone
  Cristina Cutts Dougherty, tuba
JACQUES IBERT  Trois pièces brèves
  Jeffrey Khaner, flute 
  Richard Woodhams (’68) , oboe 
  Anthony McGill (00), clarinet
  Jennifer Montone, horn 
  Daniel Matsukawa (92), bassoon
OLIVIER MESSIAEN Turangalîla-Symphonie 
  Curtis Symphony Orchestra 
  Christoph Eschenbach, conductor 
ROLANDO MORALES-MATOS      Little Rhumba  
  Don Liuzzi, bongos  
  Hamza Able, bongos
  Hanna Kim (Timpani and Percussion 20), bongos  



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Curtis is incredibly grateful to the following sponsors whose support made free access to this program available to the world.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Jay H. Tolson 

Nina Baroness von Maltzahn

Mark and Robin Rubenstein


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Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer and Joseph Neubauer

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Peter A. Benoliel and Willo Carey

William R. Brody

Bill and Laura Buck

Anthony B. Creamer III

Barbara Eberlein and Jerry Wind

Gordon and Patricia Fowler

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Cornelia B. and R. Ashbrook McCann

John J. Medveckis

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Susan and Sherwood "Woody" Goldberg

Drs. Helaine and Jack Greenberg

Barbara Mishkin

Robert E. Mortensen

Zoë Pappas

Catherine and Michael Radbill

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Dr. Sevgi B. Rodan

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Mark N. Steinberger and Ann C. Lebowitz

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