Curtis Institute of Music

Creatively Speaking
6:05 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Grammy-Winning Eighth Blackbird Helms Schoenberg At Curtis

eighth blackbird

Once ignored by conservatories and reviled by audiences, Schoenberg’s half-spoken, half-sung Pierrot Lunaire is being intensively rehearsed for performances by Curtis Institute of Music musicians on Monday and Tuesday of next week (April 15th and 16th).

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 eighth blackbird, who are in the first year of a three-year residency that should extend the Curtis tradition to the cutting edge.

News and Views
9:39 am
Sat December 31, 2011

All About Curtis Institute of Music: Philadelphia's World-Renowned Conservatory

Crossover
11:03 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Harpist Elizabeth Hainen

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen is Jill Pasternak's guest this week.

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Creatively Speaking
11:40 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Wanamaker Organist Peter Richard Conte--The Curtis Institute of Music--Renaissance Wind Band Piffaro

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.

Susan Lewis profiles the Curtis Institute of Music, a vanguard in the training of classical musicians since 1924.

David Patrick Stearns takes us to where East Meets West - a concert series by the Renaissance wind band Piffaro.

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Creatively Speaking
11:52 am
Sat March 13, 2010

Chopin and Ballet--Curtis Opera Theatre's Antony and Cleopatra--Philadelphia on Stone

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.

As part of celebrations of Samuel Barber's centenary, David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to performances of Antony and Cleopatra by the Curtis Opera Theatre.

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Creatively Speaking
10:07 am
Wed June 24, 2009

Curtis with the Phila. Orch.--Skyscapers Spectacles--Ephrata Cloister--Patrick Dougherty's Sculpture

Jim Cotter speaks with artist Patrick Dougherty about his unique creation at the Morris Arboretum

David Patrick Stearns speaks with Curtis Institute of Music students making debuts as concerto soloists with The Philadelphia Orchestra this summer.

Susan Lewis looks at skyscrapers and spectacles - the subjects of two summertime exhibitions drawn from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection of prints, photography, and works on paper.

Jason Peifer visits the Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County, one of America's earliest religious communities and a National Historic Landmark.

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Crossover
11:38 am
Sat March 7, 2009

Concert organist Paul Jacobs

Paul Jacobs

"Paul Jacobs, the shockingly youthful head of the Juilliard School's organ department, is an important, genteel revisionist of his instrument..." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Crossover
9:43 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Maestro Christofer Macatsoris

Maestro Christofer Macatsoris

Music Director of The Academy of Vocal Arts since 1977, Maestro Macatsoris began his conducting career in Italy at the Conservatory in Milan. He went on to study conducting privately with such famed maestri as Fausto Cleva, Max Rudolf, and Tullio Serafin, and studied composition with Vincent Persichetti. Among his many performance credits are appearances with Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, Pennsylvania Opera Company, San Francisco Opera Center, and numerous regional opera companies.

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Crossover
12:29 pm
Sat October 18, 2008

Eroica Trio: Chamber Ensemble

The Eroica Trio will perform on October 24 at Puck, a small club in Doylestown

Jill Pasternak speaks to two of the three members of the all-female Eroica Trio, a chamber ensemble that continues to make inroads into new territory since its inception in the early 1990s when they received a Naumburg Award. Pianist  Erika Nickrenz and violinist Susie Park, along with cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio are all consummate musicians, products of the Juilliard and Curtis conservatories.

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Crossover
10:41 am
Sat May 3, 2008

Mimi Stillman: Flutist

Mimi Stillman

This week Jill Pasternak's guest is acclaimed flutist Mimi Stillman. At 12, Ms. Stillman was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music. She has since appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, and performed chamber music in many of the world's great concert halls. She is the founder and artistic director of the Dolce Suono Chamber Music Concert Series, entering its third season in its new home at First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia.

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