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Curtis Symphony Orchestra to Current PERRY, TCHAIKOVSKY, AND SHENG at Verizon Corridor

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 season will proceed on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at 2 pm with “Perry, Tchaikovsky, and Sheng” in Verizon Corridor on the Kimmel Middle. This system options a day of firsts and favorites with a strong romantic basic, an exhilarating world premiere viola concerto, and an orchestral tour de power beneath the batons of Emmy Award-winning, GRAMMY-nominated conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya (’91) and first-year scholar Micah Gleason, Curtis’s Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow. A further efficiency takes place in Alumnae Corridor at Immaculata College on Saturday, January 28, at 2 pm

Curtis kicks off this system with neoclassical composer, pianist, and conductor Julia Perry’s dynamic Research for Orchestra (initially titled A Brief Piece for Orchestra when it premiered in Turin, Italy, in 1952). This fiercely raucous, high-octane work shifts gears between intensely dramatic moments paying homage to a menacing Bernard Hermann movie rating and quiet, poetic passages. In 1965, Perry’s energetic piece made historical past as the primary work by a lady of colour to be carried out and recorded by the New York Philharmonic and solely the third by a feminine composer.

Dealing with sexism and racial discrimination in a pre-Civil Rights world, in addition to vital private well being points, Perry was an inspiring trailblazer who left behind a unprecedented physique of labor when she died at age 55, with over a dozen symphonies, two concertos, and three operas. Though her compositions by ella have been largely uncared for till current years, Perry’s work by ella is primed for viewers rediscovery and celebration.

The live performance continues with Of Time and Love by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, conductor, and pianist Vivid Sheng. Co-commissioned with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra of China, this thrilling new concerto for viola and orchestra options the virtuosity of internationally acclaimed violist Roberto Díaz (’84), president of Curtis. Hailed by the MacArthur Basis as “an modern composer who merges various musical customs in works that transcend standard aesthetic boundaries,” Sheng’s new work will showcase the lyrical, limpid melodies and putting dramatic gestures which have made him one of the vital sought-after composers of our time.

“I’ve all the time had a smooth spot in my coronary heart for the viola, significantly for its number of characters, from the candy and lyrical to the tough and dramatic,” says Sheng. “This work can also be impressed by the fantastic musicianship of Roberto Díaz, an artist who’s each virtuosic and exceptionally musical. I used to be joyful to have the chance to write down a viola concerto; I made certain the instrument would specific its total vary of traits and the solo half would sing all through the composition. The work was written throughout the thick of the pandemic, which reset everybody’s complacency. When human life turns into fragile, solely love is timeless.”

The ultimate portion of this system is devoted to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s explosive Symphony No. 4, usually thought of one of many Russian Romantic composer’s biggest orchestral works. Written within the aftermath of a short-lived, catastrophic marriage that nearly destroyed his inventive core, this darkish and highly effective piece depicts an epic battle between unbridled pleasure and destiny, an ominous, inescapable power that threatens the fragile great thing about life itself. Over 4 intensely dramatic actions, the viewers is drawn into Tchaikovsky’s turbulent thoughts as he grapples with the torment of his interior demons and triumphs in a finale of musical fireworks, proclaiming that all of us ought to “rejoice within the happiness of others.”

Celebrating greater than 30 years {of professional} conducting, Miguel Harth-Bedoya has just lately concluded tenures as chief conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (seven seasons) and as music director of the Fort Price Symphony Orchestra (20 seasons), the place he now holds the title of music director laureate. With a deep dedication to passing his expertise on to the subsequent era of musicians, he’s at the moment the Mary Franks Thompson Director of Orchestral Research at Baylor College, the place along with conducting the orchestras, he teaches orchestral conducting on the undergraduate and graduate stage. He has additionally established the Conducting Institute to show the basics of conducting to college students ages highschool and up, of all ranges, by means of an intensive summer season program, workshops, programs, and seminars. Beforehand he was the director of orchestral research on the College of Nebraska, Omaha.

Harth-Bedoya conducts orchestras worldwide, such because the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, BBC Orchestra, Birmingham Orchestra, Nationwide Orchestra of Spain, New Zealand Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, NHK Symphony, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, amongst others.

Harth-Bedoya has a formidable discography of greater than 25 recordings, together with critically acclaimed albums on Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, LAWO, Naxos, and MSR Classics. He’s the creative and managing director of Caminos del Inka, a non-profit group devoted to preserving the wealthy musical legacy of the Americas. Born and raised in Peru, Harth-Bedoya obtained his Bachelor of Music diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music and his Grasp of Music diploma from the Juilliard College, each beneath the steerage of Otto-Werner Mueller.

A violist of worldwide fame, Roberto Díaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, following within the footsteps of famend soloist/administrators reminiscent of Josef Hofmann, Efrem Zimbalist, and Rudolf Serkin. As a instructor of viola at Curtis and former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a big affect on American musical life and continues to take action in his twin roles as performer and educator.

As a soloist, Mr. Díaz collaborates with main conductors of our time on phases all through North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has additionally labored instantly with essential Twentieth- and Twenty first-century composers, together with Krzysztof Penderecki-whose viola concerto he has carried out many occasions with the composer on the rostrum and whose double concerto he premiered within the United States-as properly as Edison Denisov, Ricardo Lorenz, and Roberto Sierra, amongst others.

As a frequent recitalist, Mr. Díaz enjoys collaborating with younger pianists, bringing a recent method to the repertoire, and offering invaluable alternatives to artists on the beginnings of their careers. Along with performing with main string quartets and pianists in chamber music sequence and festivals worldwide, Mr. Díaz has toured Europe, Asia, and the Americas as a member of the Díaz Trio with violinist Andrés Cárdenes and cellist Andrés Díaz. The Díaz Trio have recorded for the Artek and Dorian labels.

Mr. Díaz obtained an honorary doctorate from Bowdoin Faculty and was awarded an honorary membership by the Nationwide Board of the American Viola Society. In 2013 he turned a member of the celebrated American Philosophical Society based by Benjamin Franklin. As a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he was chosen by then-music director Christoph Eschenbach to obtain the C. Hartman Kuhn Award, given yearly to “the member of the Philadelphia Orchestra who has proven capability and enterprise of such character as to boost the requirements and the fame of the Philadelphia Orchestra.” He obtained a bachelor’s diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music, the place he studied with Burton Nice; and a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, the place his instructor of him was his predecessor of him on the Philadelphia Orchestra, Joseph de Pasquale. Mr. Díaz additionally holds a level in industrial design.

Along with his decade-long tenure as principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the place he carried out the complete customary viola concerto repertoire and gave quite a lot of Philadelphia Orchestra premieres, Mr. Díaz was principal viola of the Nationwide Symphony beneath Mstislav Rostropovich, a member of the Boston Symphony beneath Seiji Ozawa, and a member of the Minnesota Orchestra beneath Sir Neville Marriner. He performs the ex-Primrose Amati viola.

Acclaimed for its “otherworldly ensemble {and professional} stage of sophistication” (The New York Occasions), the Curtis Symphony Orchestra affords a dynamic showcase of tomorrow’s distinctive younger expertise. Every year the 100 extraordinary musicians of the orchestra work with internationally famend conductors, together with Osmo Vänskä, Vladimir Jurowski, Marin Alsop, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Yannick Nézet Séguin, who additionally mentors the early-career conductors who maintain Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellowships. This skilled coaching has enabled Curtis alumni to imagine outstanding positions in America’s main orchestras, in addition to esteemed orchestral, opera, and chamber ensembles all over the world.

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra returns to Verizon Corridor on the Kimmel Cultural Campus on Saturday, April 15, at 3 pm for the ultimate efficiency of the 2022-23 season with (“Mahler, Schumann, and Ra”), that includes conductor Osmo Vänskä and acclaimed pianist Amy Yang (’06). To be taught extra about this efficiency, in addition to the Curtis Opera Theatre, Ensemble 20/21 concert events, Curtis Recital Sequence, and extra, go to

Single tickets begin at $19 and can be found for buy at Subscriptions are on sale for Curtis’s 2022-23 season. The versatile Select Your Personal subscription possibility affords 25% off ticket costs when buying tickets to 2 or extra performances. For the 2022-23 season, Curtis can also be providing a brand new Season Move, with entry to all performances for $149 per particular person. To order a subscription, go to, name (215) 893-7902, or e mail

Concerning the Curtis Institute of Music

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted younger musicians to interact an area and international group by means of the very best stage of artistry. For almost a century Curtis has supplied every member of its small scholar physique with an unparalleled training alongside musical friends, distinguished by a “be taught by doing” philosophy and customized consideration from a school that features a excessive proportion of actively performing musicians. With admissions primarily based solely on creative promise, no scholar is turned away resulting from monetary want. Curtis invests in every admitted scholar, making certain no tuition is charged for his or her research and so they enter the occupation free from academic debt. In a typical 12 months, Curtis college students hone their craft by means of greater than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music choices in Philadelphia and all over the world. Study extra at

Perry, Tchaikovsky, and Sheng

Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 2 pm
Alumnae Corridor, Immaculata College, 1145 King Street, Immaculata, Pa.

Sunday, January 29, 2023, at 2 pm
Verizon Corridor, Kimmel Middle, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor
Micah Gleason, Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow


JULIA PERRY Research for Orchestra BRIGHT SHENG Of Time and Love, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra PYOTR ILYICK TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4


Immaculata single tickets: $19, offered by Curtis Patron Companies at, or (215) 893-7902.

Philadelphia single tickets: $19-55, offered by the Kimmel Middle Field Workplace at, or (215) 893-1999.

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