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Curtis Symphony Performs Nov. 2 at the Pullo Center

Curtis Symphony Orchestra
10/26/2007 —

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra will perform on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Penn State York's Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (Pullo Center).  This performance features the extraordinary talents of more than 100 exceptionally gifted musicians between ages 13 and 25 who are students at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Alumni of this institute hold 18 percent of the principal chairs in America's leading orchestras.   Four students from the York Youth Symphony Orchestra will have the opportunity to meet with Curtis Symphony students prior to the performance.

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra is recognized as one of the world's most renowned conservatory orchestras. Their performance venues include Carnegie Hall in New York; Philadelphia's Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; and now, the Pullo Center.  

One of the world’s leading music schools, Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 164 students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. A Curtis education is uniquely tailored to the individual student, with personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and unusually frequent performance opportunities. This distinctive “learn by doing” approach to musical training has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Jennifer Higdon, Hilary Hahn, and Lang Lang.

Mark Russell Smith leads The Curtis Symphony Orchestra with violinist Aaron Rosand and soloists from the Curtis Opera Theatre.  The program includes Wagner’s Prelude to Act I from Tristan und Isolde, Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Brahms’s Violin Concerto featuring Rosand, and R. Strauss’s Rosenkavalier Suite with students Amanda Majeski, Rinnat Moriah, and Katherine Lerner. Smith, a Curtis graduate, is music director of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. The concert is part of the 2007–08 series of Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts.

As music director of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra since 1999, Smith has created innovative and approachable programming. In June 2007 he became director of new-music projects at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and artistic director of orchestral studies at the University of Minnesota, a combined post that enables him to take his commitment to excellence and passion for education to new audiences.  A champion of the music of his time, Smith has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota in Hún Qiáo (Bridge of Souls).  As a guest conductor, he has led the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. His international appearances include engagements with the Nomus Music Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia.  

Smith studied with Max Rudolf and Otto-Werner Mueller at Curtis. Upon graduation, he was appointed assistant conductor of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Singers.

Tickets for The Curtis Symphony Orchestra are $35 and $25.  For tickets and information on the variety of programs available at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, visit http://www.pullocenter.yk.psu.edu/ or call (717) 505-8900.

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