Last Curtis Live Stream of the Season Features 2014-15 Composer in Residence Steven Mackey; Eighth blackbird and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble join the composer for an all-Mackey program; David Ludwig hosts live post-concert conversation

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Last Curtis Live Stream of the Season Features 2014-15 Composer in Residence Steven Mackey

Watch online Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m. EDT on Curtis Performs ( blackbird and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble join the composer for an all-Mackey program; David Ludwig hosts live post-concert conversation

PHILADELPHIA, PA—May 1, 2015—Visit Curtis Performs ( tonight at 8 p.m. EDT for a live stream from Curtis, featuring the music of Steven Mackey performed by eighth blackbird and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble. Composer in residence at Curtis for the 2014-15 season, Steven Mackey conducts his Indigenous Instruments and joins the performers for Physical Property and songs from Lonely Motel. The program also features San Francisco Shuffle for solo guitar.

David Ludwig, Curtis 20/21 Ensemble artistic director, dean of artistic programs, and composition faculty member, hosts a post-concert conversation with Steven Mackey and members of eighth blackbird. Join the discussion and submit questions via Twitter with the hashtag #CurtisLiveStream.

Watch the concert and discussion from any mobile device or desktop. Free with a high-speed internet connection, the Curtis Performs live stream can be viewed on any device. In addition to hosting live streamed performances throughout the year, Curtis Performs contains a wealth of HD concert highlights and full-length works featuring Curtis students, faculty, alumni, as well as performances by ensemble in residence eighth blackbird and collaborations with former composer in residence Joan Tower.

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Paul Richardson by his loving wife, Linda Richardson.

This performance marks the final appearance by eighth blackbird, “a new breed of super-musicians” (Los Angeles Times), as part of their three-year residency at Curtis funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Since 2012, the Grammy-winning sextet, which includes Curtis alumna Yvonne Lam (Violin ’05), has been an active member of the Curtis community. Through visits, coachings, and side-by-side performances with students throughout the year, eighth blackbird has encouraged students to find creative new ways to engage audiences while maintaining the highest artistic standards.

Steven Mackey was born in 1956 to American parents stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. Regarded as one of the leading composers of his generation, he has been a member of the faculty of Princeton University since 1985. Steven Mackey’s first musical passion was playing the electric guitar, in rock bands based in northern California. He blazed a trail in the 1980s and 1990s by including the electric guitar and vernacular music influence in his concert music. He regularly performs his own work, including two electric guitar concertos and numerous solo and chamber works. He is also active as an improvising musician and performs with his band Big Farm.

Flexible in size and scope, the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble performs a wide range of music from the 20th and 21st centuries, including works by Curtis students and alumni. The ensemble has appeared at major U.S. venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Miller Theatre, as well as internationally. The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble collaborates with some of today’s most prominent artists, including Charles Dutoit, eighth blackbird, and Matthias Pintscher. It has presented portrait concerts of iconic composers in residence John Corigliano, George Crumb, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Steven Stucky, among others. Of the ensemble’s Joan Tower portrait program, the New York Times wrote, “Ms. Tower could hardly have hoped for more passionate performances.”

Live stream on Curtis Performs (
Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m.
2014-15 Composer in residence Steven Mackey
with eighth blackbird and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble
Gould Rehearsal Hall, Philadelphia


San Francisco Shuffle
Hao Yang, guitar

Physical Property
Brandon Garbot, violin
Gergana Haralampieva, violin
Yvonne Lam, viola
Nicholas Photinos, cello
Steven Mackey, guitar

Indigenous Instruments
Emma Resmini, flute
Zhenwei Li, clarinet
Shannon Lee, violin
Arlen Hlusko, cello
Andrew Hsu, piano
Steven Mackey, conductor

Songs from Lonely Motel
“Lonely Motel”
Alize Rozsnyai, soprano
Tim Munro, flute
Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinet
Yvonne Lam, violin
Nicholas Photinos, cello
Andrew Hsu, piano
Matthew Duvall, percussion
Steven Mackey, guitar



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