The Curtis Institute of Music and Philadelphia Museum of Art Present the 2014-15 Season of Music in the Galleries; Intimate concerts by gifted young musicians inspired by remarkable works of art, Select Saturdays December through April, free with museum admission

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The Curtis Institute of Music and
Philadelphia Museum of Art Present the
2014-15 Season of Music in the Galleries

Intimate concerts by gifted young musicians inspired by remarkable works of art

Select Saturdays December through April, free with museum admission

PHILADELPHIA, PA—December 11, 2014—Combining modes of artistic expression, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Philadelphia Museum of Art present Music in the Galleries, a series of concerts to delight the ear and fascinate the eye. Talented young musicians from Curtis, one of the world’s finest conservatories, perform compelling chamber programs paired with captivating visual art on select Saturdays between December and April at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.

Listen to seasonally inspired music for wind quintet while sitting in the museum’s charming medieval cloister modeled after the Abbey of Saint-Genis-des-Fontaines, or listen to the Aizuri Quartet, Curtis’s resident string quartet, while exploring the art of Thomas Eakins, Auguste Rodin, and Eduard Charlemont, among others. Free with museum admission, each Music in the Galleries performance includes pre-concert talk by a museum educator linking the art and music.

 
SEASON DETAILS

– With “Winter Winds” on December 13, works by Palestrina, Ligeti, and Katerina Kramarchuk (’12) are performed in the peaceful medieval cloister.

– “Expression/Introspection” on February 21 features the Aizuri Quartet as they perform works by Beethoven and Janáček, complementing captivating art work such as Rodin’s sculpture, “Thought” in Gallery 155.

– A distinctive mix of strings and winds takes center stage on March 28. Ensemble 39, a Philadelphia-based chamber group of Curtis alumni, is known for its electrifying performances and unique approach to style, sound, and programming. The program includes works by Prokofiev and Gabriella Smith (’13) and takes place in the museum’s rotunda in Galleries 161 and 164, featuring Paul Cezanne’s “The Large Bathers,” among others.

– The colors and sounds of the year are evoked on April 18 with “Four Seasons.” A quartet of composers comprise this program performed by a talented violin duo in Gallery 159 amongst mid- to late- nineteenth century art.

Check www.curtis.edu/Calendar for updated program and gallery information throughout the year.Music in the Galleries is generously supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art. The Museum’s many galleries present painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include a landmark main building; the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building; the Rodin Museum; and two historic houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts, and films.

One of the world’s finest and most selective conservatories, the Curtis Institute of Music offers a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture to 175 students from all corners of the world. Nurtured by a celebrated faculty, its extraordinary young musicians graduate to join 4,000 alumni who have long made music history. From Leonard Bernstein to Alan Gilbert, Samuel Barber to Jennifer Higdon, Anna Moffo to Eric Owens, Richard Goode to Jonathan Biss, Curtis alumni personify the school’s commitment to excellence–onstage and in their communities–inventing careers with impact.

A busy schedule of performances, including more than 200 a year in Philadelphia and around the world, is at the heart of Curtis’s distinctive “learn by doing” approach. Dedicated to a tradition of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1924, Curtis is looking toward its centenary in a flexible and forward-thinking way, evolving strategically to serve its time-honored mission. To learn more, visit www.curtis.edu.

MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES
Free with museum admission

Music in the Galleries is generously supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP.

“Winter Winds”
Gallery 204
Saturday, December 13 at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

KRAMARCHUK – Winter Winds
LIGETI – Selections from Six Bagatelles
PALESTRINA – “Sicut Cervus”

Niles Watson, flute
Corbin Stair, oboe
Slavko Popovic, clarinet
Dana Cullen, horn
Sarah Tako, bassoon
“Expression/Introspection”
Gallery 155
Saturday, February 21 at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Works by Beethoven and Janáček performed by the Aizuri Quartet, Curtis’s 2014-15 string quartet in residence.

“The Large Bathers”
Galleries 161 and 164
Saturday, March 28 at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Ensemble39, a Philadelphia-based chamber group of Curtis alumni, performs works by Prokofiev and Gabriella Smith (”’13).

“Four Seasons”
Gallery 159
Saturday, April 18 at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

A violin duo plays works by a quartet of composers.

 

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