Welcome to the new school year! Today it was my great pleasure to address our students, faculty, and staff at the Convocation that marked the beginning of formal studies for 2015–16. Classes and lessons begin today and rehearsals are already underway for the thrilling season of performances to come. I’m especially excited about our comprehensive all-school project for the year, a focus on the revolutionary Darmstadt school of the post-war period. Learn more about the genesis of this ambitious school-wide initiative in a preview article from the upcoming issue of Overtones.
The summer brought our usual Curtis Summerfest offerings, with two successful additions: a new program especially for young singers and collaborative pianists; and the debut of a brand-new, sold-out series of recitals by the Young Artist Summer Program faculty that received glowing reviews. Curtis on Tour ensembles traveled to Latin America, Greece, and New England. Meanwhile our board of trustees approved a new strategic direction for Curtis that will guide us toward our centenary in 2024, and beyond. And we planned an event-packed alumni reunion, which takes place from September 11-13.
I encourage you to explore the 2015–16 season fully at Curtis.edu/Performances. Curtis Presents, our curated series featuring Curtis faculty and alumni, gets off to an early start this year with a recital by the captivating piano duo of Christina and Michelle Naughton on September 20. Soon after, the Curtis Opera Theatre presents a concert version of Puccini’s perennial favorite, La bohème, on October 3 and 4. This year we also celebrate becoming the newest resident company of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
For all these inspiring developments, we are grateful to you for your support—both in our audience and through your generous contributions. I look forward to welcoming you to Curtis performances and events throughout the season to come!