San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Curtis on Tour -- Curtis Chamber Orchestra
Roberto Diaz, viola, Rachel Sterrenberg, soprano
Robert Spano, conductor
Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 (“Classical”)
Higdon Viola Concerto
Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”)
The extraordinary artistry of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music will be showcased by the 2015 tour of its 40-member Curtis Chamber Orchestra, with students performing alongside celebrated Curtis alumni and faculty. The seven-leg national tour will feature three prominent alumni of the Curtis Institute.
Renowned conductor Robert Spano leads the world premiere of a viola concerto by Jennifer Higdon, Milton L. Rock Chair in Composition, performed by violist Roberto Díaz, the school’s president. The program also includes three songs composed by Mr. Spano, performed by student soprano, Rachel Sterrenberg, as well as Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony and Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony.
Conductor, pianist composer and educator, Spano has served as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2001. As Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs, including Aspen’s American Academy of Conducting.
He has guest conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras, as well as the BBC Symphony and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Jennifer Higdon received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto, with the committee citing Higdon's work as a "deeply engaging piece that combines flowing lyricism with dazzling virtuosity."
When & Where
Friends of Chamber Music of Miami
Friends of Chamber Music of Miami, Inc. (FOCM) is dedicated to the presentation of chamber music as performed by the world's greatest chamber ensembles. South Florida’s longest-running chamber music series, FOCM has a two-fold mission: to showcase the most outstanding artists and to build appreciative audiences among people of all ages. FOCM also offers outstanding educational opportunities for South Florida’s advanced music students.
Since 1955, FOCM has presented such world renowned ensembles as the Budapest, Juilliard, Guarneri, Emerson, Cleveland and Ehnes Quartets; the internationally acclaimed Beaux Arts and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trios; and outstanding recitalists such as Nikolai Lugansky, James Ehnes, Radu Lupu, Roberto Diaz, Cyprien Katsaris, Stephen Hough and Valentina Lisitsa. The series’ concerts are performed at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall, the Coral Gables Congregational Church and other acoustically superb venues in the area.