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.
Listen to an extended version of David Patrick Stearns' report on eighth blackbird's residency at the Curtis Institute of Music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.