We highlight some upcoming events at Curtis that will be most interesting to Curtis Summerfest participants, applicants, and families. Hover over the events to see which ones are recommended for you, and click on “More info” for event details. Click here for more information about all of Curtis’s performance series.


Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, October 9 at 3 p.m.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street

Who should go?

Instrumentalists and singers of all ages! Corrado Rovaris, music director of Opera Philadelphia, presides over a program that is part-symphonic, part-operatic. Members of the Curtis Opera Theatre portray the temperamental child and animated objects of Ravel’s colorful and quirky one-act opera, L’enfant et les sortilèges. And a restrained Modernist masterwork by Pierre Boulez gives way to the moody, majestic Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky—a quintessential depiction of painting in musical form.

Student Recital Series

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 8 p.m. EST beginning October 14
Field Concert Hall
1726 Locust Street

Who should go?

Select Curtis students are side-by-side musicians, Curtis Artist Teachers, at Curtis Summerfest. Get a preview of their artistry or visit a student you worked with over the summer. If you aren’t local to Philadelphia, tune in every Friday at 8 p.m. for live streams at curtisperforms.curtis.edu
Highlights from the Student Recital Series are also featured year-round on the air and online on Curtis Performs (Curtis.edu/CurtisPerforms), WHYY’s On Stage at Curtis, and WWFM’s Curtis Calls.

Click here to check out the Curtis recital calendar.

Curtis ArtistYear Performances

October 19 at 12 p.m.
Dilworth Plaza
1 S 15th St

Who should go?

All those who enjoy music in alternative spaces. This artist-citizen service year was launched in 2014 by Curtis and inspired by the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project. ArtistYear brings arts access and education to underserved communities through a year of paid service. Four of this year’s fellows previously worked with summer participants: Shannon Lee (violin from adult chamber program ’16), Alize Rozsnyai (choir Curtis Artist Teacher at YASP ’15-’16), Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong (viola from adult chamber program ’16), and T.J. Cole (composition Curtis Artist Teacher at YASP ’15).

ArtistYear fellows will also hold a performance this fall at Dilworth Plaza, outdoors right by City Hall. Musicians include Rimbo Wong and Shannon Lee.

Curtis ArtistYear is generously supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Wells Fargo, and an anonymous donor. Learn More.

Residency Recital: Kaija Saariaho

Sunday, October 30 at 3 p.m.
Gould Rehearsal Hall
1616 Locust Street

Who should go?

Composers! Celebrated violinist Jennifer Koh (’02) joins the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble for a portrait concert of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, “one of the most original compositional voices of our time” (Denver Post). More info.

Fall Family Concert: The Story of Babar

November 13 at 12 and 2 p.m.
Gould Rehearsal Hall
1616 Locust Street

Who should go?

Chamber Music and Orchestra for Adults musicians… bring your kids and grandkids! Tailored to kids ages 5 to 12, but captivating for listeners of all ages, the immensely popular Family Concert series puts well-known stories to music, bringing to life Babar the Elephant in the 2016–17 season. The Story of Babar is a collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Children’s book author Zachariah Ohara will create live drawings during the performance to create a fun, interactive, accessible experience for the audience. Children attend free of charge. Join the fun and spark a child’s lifelong interest in music!

More info.

Curtis Opera Theatre: The Rape of Lucretia

November 17—20
Prince Theater
1412 Chestnut Street

Who should go?

Young Artist Voice Program singers interested to see one of Curtis’s full opera productions. “A brutal prince, a virtuous wife, a drunken wager: At their intersection, a marriage is defiled while enigmatic observers relate and react to the wrenching tale. Britten’s powerful tragedy set in ancient Rome captures Lucretia’s agony in music of aching beauty, even as it raises unanswerable questions.”
Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in English with supertitles
More info.

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