Acclaimed Piano Duo Christina and Michelle Naughton Perform at the Curtis Institute of Music on September 20; Kickoff to the 2015-16 season of Curtis Presents, an inspiring array of intimate and innovative recitals

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Acclaimed Piano Duo Christina and Michelle Naughton Perform at the Curtis Institute of Music on September 20 

Kickoff to the 2015-16 season of Curtis Presents, an inspiring array of intimate and innovative recitals

PHILADELPHIA, PA—September 8, 2015—Curtis Presents features the incomparable talents of Christina and Michelle Naughton in recital on Sunday, September 20 at 3 p.m. at Field Concert Hall. An inspiring array of intimate and innovative recitals, Curtis Presents honors the school’s unique performance culture with virtuosity and magnetism.

Hailed for their “stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry” (San Francisco Examiner), the Naughton twins have captivated audiences around the globe since their graduation from Curtis in 2011. Experience the hallmark of their near-mystical unity of musical communication in an unforgettable afternoon.

The recital takes place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Subscriptions for the Curtis Presents four-concert series, which includes duende with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble (December 3), Eric Owens and Friends (January 17), and Hal Robinson and Friends (April 3), are available for $80. Single tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, contact the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu/CurtisPresents.

Christina and Michelle Naughton have performed orchestral engagements and recitals throughout the world to international acclaim. Orchestral engagements include appearances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic; Philadelphia Orchestra; and the Nashville symphonies, among others. Past and future seasons feature collaborations under the batons of conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Edo deWaart, Charles Dutoit, JoAnn Falletta, and Giancarlo Guerrero. The Naughtons have appeared in recital at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, New York City’s Historic Naumberg Bandshell (Central Park), Le Poisson Rouge, Schubert Club in St. Paul, and Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

The Naughtons recorded their first album in 2012 for the ORFEO label. Their performances have been broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, New York’s WQXR, Chicago’s WFMT, Philadelphia’s WHYY, Boston’s WQED, Atlanta’s WABE, and radio outlets in Germany, the Netherlands, Latvia, and Hong Kong. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, to parents of European and Chinese descent, Christina and Michelle are graduates of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where they were each awarded the Festorazzi Prize. They currently reside in New York City.

Curtis Presents honors the school’s unique performance culture with this series featuring Curtis alumni and faculty in recital. As leading experts in their respective fields, featured performers represent the latest in a 90-year tradition of talent, mastery, and passion with a cross-continental reach. All proceeds directly benefit current Curtis students with the hope of inspiring and supporting future generations of virtuosity.

Drawing upon 90 years of artistry, the Curtis Institute of Music pairs tradition and innovation, educating exceptionally gifted young musicians as artist-citizens who engage a local and global community through music-making of the highest caliber. Each year 175 students come to Curtis, drawn by a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture. In this intimate environment, they are nurtured by a celebrated faculty and inspired by the school’s distinctive “learn by doing” approach, offering more than 200 concerts each year in Philadelphia, as well as performances around the world through Curtis on Tour.

“One of the world’s finest music academies” (BBC Culture), Curtis reaches global audiences through Curtis Performs, the school’s dedicated HD performance video site. Online music courses and Summerfest programs offer lifelong learners further ways to listen, explore, and learn. And students hone 21st-century skills through social entrepreneurship programs that bring arts access and education to the community.

The extraordinary young musicians of Curtis graduate to join 4,000 alumni who have long made music history. Each season leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series around the world feature Curtis alumni. They are in the front rank of soloists, composers, and conductors and hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities. To learn more, visit www.curtis.edu.

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