Curtis Institute Begins New Initiative With Philadelphia's Public Television Station

Classic Arts News   Curtis Institute Begins New Initiative With Philadelphia's Public Television Station
The Curtis Institute of Music has launched an initiative with public television station WHYY in Philadelphia to record for telecast student recitals given in the conservatory's Field Concert Hall.

More than 100 recitals are given annually by Curtis students — and now, thanks to WHYY, all of those performances are recorded by small and unobtrusive robotic cameras stationed in the intimate venue. The video recordings are used for study by Curtis students and faculty and maintained in the Institute's archives; in addition, WHYY is editing them to produce a 25-program series called On Stage at Curtis to be presented on Y Arts, the station's digital cable channel.

One of the most respected music schools in the world, Curtis recruits its student body (currently about 165, to a faculty of around 90) from all over the world — and offers each student a full scholarship. This past June, the Institute bid farewell to longtime president Gary Graffman and welcomed new president Roberto D‹az, a renowned musician who was for a decade the principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

One of the highlights of D‹az's first year at the Curtis helm will be his performance at Carnegie Hall as soloist with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Krzysztof Penderecki's Viola Concerto. The concert, scheduled for next May 2, will also feature Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps and Bernstein's Symphonic Dances From West Side Story; conducting will be Philadelphia Orchestra music director Christoph Eschenbach.

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