Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 7:30 PM
Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre
Category A $55 | Category B $40 | Category C $25
$10 students with ID and youth 18 and under, 20%-30% subscription discounts available
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano
See the classical music stars of tomorrow with a performance by young musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music, one of America's most prestigious conservatories. Emerging virtuosos all, the musicians of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra meld into an expression of something much greater. Add internationally renowned conductors and sparkling repertoire, and the result is an immersive experience with unique resonance.
Part of the orchestra’s first tour of the United States, the orchestra will perform under the baton of Osmo Vänskä with soloist Jonathan Biss, a Curtis alumnus and faculty member. The program will feature Beethoven’s Concerto no. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73, Emperor; Symphony no. 2 in D major, op. 43, by Jean Sibelius; and f(x) = sin²x–1/x by Curtis alumnus Gabriella Smith.
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. The Washington Post calls Curtis, “Both a conservatory and a buzzword…known for taking the best music students in the world.” One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average, and a tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission.
With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by a “learn by doing” philosophy and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians.
Curtis students hone their craft through more than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings each year, as well as programs that bring arts access and education to the community. This real-world training allows these extraordinary young musicians to join the front rank of performers, composers, conductors, and musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities.
Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music.