Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

20/21 Ensemble Presents: Ode to Napoleon

Flowers in the Desert
20/21 Ensemble
David Serkin Ludwig, director
Lenfest Hall, Curtis Institute of Music

Curtis alumnus and world-renowned pianist Peter Serkin joins Curtis 20/21 and the Vera String Quartet to perform Arnold Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, a work written in 1942 in response to the rise of authoritarianism and World War II. The program features other politically-charged works: pieces by Curtis alumni Jonathan Bailey Holland and David Ludwig, 20/21’s artistic director; and gripping musical statements by David Lang and Nina Young.

 

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Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

20/21 Ensemble Presents: Portrait of August Read Thomas

20/21 Ensemble
David Serkin Ludwig, director
Lenfest Hall, Curtis Institute of Music

Curtis 20/21 performs a selection of works by Curtis’s 2018–19 composer in residence, Augusta Read Thomas. A Grammy award-winning master with an impressive body of works that embody unbridled passion and fierce poetry, she has been called “a true virtuoso composer” (The New Yorker) and “one of the most recognizable and widely loved figures in American music” (American Academy of Arts and Letters).


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Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

20/21 Ensemble Presents: A Mad King

20/21 Ensemble
Lenfest Hall, Curtis Institute of Music
David Serkin Ludwig, director

The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble presents Peter Maxwell Davies’s melodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, long recognized as a major work of experimental theater. Composed in the late 1960s, it captures King George III’s descent into madness through inventive music and a wide array of non-traditional performance techniques, creating an unforgettable experience for the listener. It's preceded by Joy Boy, a bright and minimal woodwind quartet by Curtis alumnus Julius Eastman, a gifted and idiosyncratic composer, pianist, and one of the first vocalists to take on the Eight Songs in performance. The program will include a conversation with David Ludwig about the composers on the program.

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