IMMACULATA, PA — The Curtis Symphony Orchestra presents a concert program at Alumnae Hall at Immaculata University on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. The concert features the Philadelphia premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s new percussion concerto performed with guest artists the Percussion Collective.
The program opens with one of four overtures Beethoven wrote for his only opera, Fidelio, led by conducting fellow Robert Kahn, followed by Mozart’s sublime “Gran Partita” for winds. In the second half of the concert, conducting fellow Yuwon Kim leads the Philadelphia premiere of Drum Circles by celebrated composer Christopher Theofanidis. The dynamic Percussion Collective shares the stage with the Curtis Percussion Group, comprising students from the Curtis percussion department, in this rousing showcase.
Single tickets to the concert for $20 are available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or Curtis.edu/Orchestra. This concert is supported by the Jack Wolgin Curtis Orchestral Concerts Endowment Fund.
The concert is presented as part of Philadelphia Music Week, in collaboration with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and REC Philly. Philadelphia Music Week runs from October 15 to 21 and showcases the diverse musical offerings in Philadelphia and their impact on the community. Curtis hosts additional festival events on its campus throughout the week. For more information, visit PHLMusicWeek.com.
The Percussion Collective transcends the medium of percussion through uncommon performance experiences that surprise and engage audiences at a profound emotional level. Under the artistic direction of Robert van Sice, percussion faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and one of the world’s foremost performers of contemporary music for marimba, the Percussion Collective is flexible in size and draws from a rich bouquet of talent, offering exquisitely curated programs for an array of venues and settings. Featuring players from Europe, Asia, and the United States, the roster of the Percussion Collective represents the leading edge of innovation in concert conception and performance.
The ensemble’s inaugural tour of the United States in spring 2018 featured the first performances of the newly commissioned Seaborne, an immersive multimedia work by Emmy Award-winning composer Garth Neustadter and videographer Kjell van Sice that celebrates the beauty of our world’s oceans. In 2018–19 the Percussion Collective toured Seaborne in China and made its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony and Carlos Kalmar in the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Drum Circles, later performing the work at the Aspen Music Festival. This season the Percussion Collective will tour Europe, appearing at Vienna’s Musikverein, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Purcell Hall in London. The Oct. 19 performance features three members of the Percussion Collective: Ji Hye Jung, Svet Stoyanov, and Mari Yoshinaga (Timpani and Percussion ’12).
The Curtis Percussion Group comprises the percussion studio of the Curtis Institute of Music and is directed by Curtis percussion faculty Robert van Sice. Four of the Percussion Group’s members are featured in the performances of Drum Circles: Julien Bélanger, from Montreal; Sijia Huang, from Shenzhen, China; Yoonseo Kang, from Seoul; and Thomas Kolakowski, from Dover, Delaware. All are students of Mr. van Sice, Don Liuzzi, and Eric Millstein.
Acclaimed for its “otherworldly ensemble and professional level of sophistication” (New York Times), the Curtis Symphony Orchestra offers a dynamic showcase of tomorrow’s exceptional young talent. Each year the 100 extraordinary musicians of the orchestra work with internationally renowned conductors, including Osmo Vänskä, Vladimir Jurowski, Marin Alsop, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Yannick Nézet Séguin, who also mentors the early-career conductors who hold Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellowships. This professional training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in America’s leading orchestras, as well as esteemed orchestral, opera, and chamber ensembles around the world.
Source: Immaculata University
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