Curtis Institute of Music http://wrti.org en Yuja Wang: A Thoroughly Modern Classical Performer http://wrti.org/post/yuja-wang-thoroughly-modern-classical-performer <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The in-demand Chinese piano virtuoso Yuja Wang performs all over the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the young classical star, who is a <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Curtis graduate,</span> embraces music and the world beyond the concert stage in her signature style.</span></p><p>http://youtu.be/NxmZeVMsf_c</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:46:25 +0000 Susan Lewis 6999 at http://wrti.org Yuja Wang: A Thoroughly Modern Classical Performer An All-Curtis Affair http://wrti.org/post/all-curtis-affair <p></p><p>A new work by Curtis Institute Faculty Composer Eric Sessler debuted recently in Baltimore to popular and critical acclaim. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, it will next be performed in Philadelphia by four Curtis alums.</p><p><a href="http://www.pcmsconcerts.org/concerts/dover-quartet-w-jarrett-ott-baritone/" target="_blank"><strong>In a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presentation, The Dover Quartet plays Eric Sessler’s String Quartet at The Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater on Wednesday, December 4th at 8 pm.</strong></a></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:48:46 +0000 Jim Cotter 6703 at http://wrti.org An All-Curtis Affair Genre Bender: Guitarist Jason Vieaux http://wrti.org/post/genre-bender-guitarist-jason-vieaux <p></p><p>Virtuoso classical guitarist Jason Vieaux tends to go anywhere his mind can take him. From J.S. Bach to Issac Albeniz, to David Ludwig to Astor Piazaolla, to Pat Metheny to Duke Ellington, it's hard to pin Jason Vieaux down. But, perhaps, that's his plan.</p> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 6613 at http://wrti.org Genre Bender: Guitarist Jason Vieaux Music Lessons On Rittenhouse Square: At Curtis And Way Beyond! http://wrti.org/post/music-lessons-rittenhouse-square-curtis-and-way-beyond <p></p><p>Music lives, as it has for decades, on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. And now - as the Curtis Institute of Music works with a company that distributes free classes through the Internet - world-class instruction will be available throughout the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the renowned conservatory is offering two pilot classes to audiences everywhere a computer and Internet access can be found. <a href="https://www.coursera.org/course/beethovensonatas"><strong>Coursera is making this happen. </strong></a></p><p><em>Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas</em> launches September 3rd.&nbsp; <em>From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance,</em> launches October 1st .</p><p></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:20:15 +0000 Susan Lewis 6232 at http://wrti.org Music Lessons On Rittenhouse Square: At Curtis And Way Beyond! Today's Classical Music Stars: Way Beyond the Music http://wrti.org/post/todays-classical-music-stars-way-beyond-music <p>Classical music soloists must spend a lot of time practicing their instruments. But some stars are connecting with fans in ways beyond the concert hall. WRTI’s Susan Lewis spoke with pianist Jonathan Biss and violinist Hilary Hahn.</p><p>WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcast on May 26th featured Jonathan Biss playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 13. On June 2nd, WRTI's concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra includes Hilary Hahn playing Korngold's Violin Concerto.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.jonathanbiss.com/writings/" target="_blank"><strong>Jonathan Biss's website and online "writings."</strong></a></p><p><a href="http://hilaryhahn.com/by-hilary/" target="_blank"><strong>Hilary Hahn's "By Hilary" section of her website.</strong></a></p><p> Mon, 27 May 2013 11:24:47 +0000 Susan Lewis 5557 at http://wrti.org Today's Classical Music Stars: Way Beyond the Music Grammy-Winning Eighth Blackbird Helms Schoenberg At Curtis http://wrti.org/post/grammy-winning-eighth-blackbird-helms-schoenberg-curtis <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Once ignored by conservatories and reviled by audiences, </span>Schoenberg’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> half-spoken, half-sung </span><em>Pierrot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Lunaire</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is being intensively rehearsed for performances by Curtis Institute of Music musicians on Monday and Tuesday of next week (April 15th and 16th). </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, the instigators are visiting professors who don’t look much different from the students: the modern music ensemble<a href="http://www.eighthblackbird.org/ensemble/" target="_blank"><strong> eighth blackbird</strong></a>, who are in the first year of a three-year residency that should extend the Curtis tradition to the cutting edge.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:05:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 5360 at http://wrti.org Grammy-Winning Eighth Blackbird Helms Schoenberg At Curtis All About Curtis Institute of Music: Philadelphia's World-Renowned Conservatory http://wrti.org/post/all-about-curtis-institute-music-philadelphias-world-renowned-conservatory <p>Founded in 1924, the Curtis Institute of Music trains exceptionally gifted young musicians from every corner of the world. WRTI's Susan Lewis profiles this influential conservatory, located on Rittenhouse Square in Center City, Philadelphia, and looks at how it's preparing students to become leaders in the high-tech 21st century.</p> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 14:39:32 +0000 Susan Lewis 3407 at http://wrti.org All About Curtis Institute of Music: Philadelphia's World-Renowned Conservatory Harpist Elizabeth Hainen http://wrti.org/post/harpist-elizabeth-hainen <p>Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen is Jill Pasternak's guest this week.</p> Sat, 05 Nov 2011 15:03:00 +0000 Jill Pasternak 2640 at http://wrti.org Harpist Elizabeth Hainen Wanamaker Organist Peter Richard Conte--The Curtis Institute of Music--Renaissance Wind Band Piffaro http://wrti.org/post/wanamaker-organist-peter-richard-conte-curtis-institute-music-renaissance-wind-band-piffaro <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Peter Richard Conte, the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ. Conte is the soloist in a concert with the Symphony in C orchestra, which is part of the organ's centennial celebration.</p> <p>Susan Lewis profiles the Curtis Institute of Music, a vanguard in the training of classical musicians since 1924.</p> <p>David Patrick Stearns takes us to where <i>East Meets West</i> - a concert series by the Renaissance wind band Piffaro.</p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 15:40:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, Susan Lewis & David Patrick Stearns 2620 at http://wrti.org Wanamaker Organist Peter Richard Conte--The Curtis Institute of Music--Renaissance Wind Band Piffaro Chopin and Ballet--Curtis Opera Theatre's Antony and Cleopatra--Philadelphia on Stone http://wrti.org/post/chopin-and-ballet-curtis-opera-theatres-antony-and-cleopatra-philadelphia-stone <p>Susan Lewis considers why Chopin's music appeals to ballet choreographers, as Pennsylvania Ballet stages a trio of works on March 13 and 14, 2010 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the 19th-century composer's birth.</p> <p>As part of celebrations of Samuel Barber's centenary, David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to performances of <i>Antony and Cleopatra</i> by the Curtis Opera Theatre.</p> <p>Tom Keels previews <i>Philadelphia on Stone</i>, a new exhibition at the Library Company of Philadelphia exploring how local lithographers have depicted their city from the 1800 to the present day.</p> Sat, 13 Mar 2010 16:52:00 +0000 Susan Lewis & David Patrick Stearns & Tom Keels 2314 at http://wrti.org Chopin and Ballet--Curtis Opera Theatre's Antony and Cleopatra--Philadelphia on Stone