Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Friday, May 4 showtime has been cancelled. Please feel free to call (215) 893-7902 with any questions.
Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal from the Curtis Institute of Music. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get two general-admission tickets to see I Capuleti e I Montecchi performed by the Curtis Opera Theatre at the Prince Music Theater (a $70 value). Choose from the following showtimes:
- Thursday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, May 6, at 2:30 p.m.
- For $35, you get two tickets for orchestra-section seating to see the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center on April 23 at 8 p.m. (up to a $90 value).<p>
The Curtis Institute of Music fosters classical musicianship of the finest pedigree in its roughly 165 students. These few are granted a full scholarship and chosen by their merit, which scouts measure with a calibrated applause-o-meter. Thus, the student members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Curtis Opera Theatre enter their education with talent, which is honed further through public performances. The two concerts in this deal represent the ensembles’ season finales, with the opera troupe performing Bellini’s take on Romeo and Juliet and the orchestra juxtaposing the works of Brahms, Bartok, and Curtis alum Jennifer Higdon.
Based not on Shakespeare’s work but rather on earlier Italian sources, I Capuleti e I Montecchi tells the tale of Romeo and Giulietta, two star-crossed members of rival political factions. The familiar story resonates afresh from Giulietta’s soaring, melancholy aria, O Quante Volte, in Act I to mezzosoprano Romeo’s tragic swan song upon believing his beloved to be dead. The performance is in Italian with English supertitles so that audience members can follow along and prepare for interviews at the U.N.
In the orchestra’s performance, 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner and 1988 Curtis Institute graduate Jennifer Higdon is honored with a performance of her blue cathedral, followed by Brahms’s Double Concerto and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. A deeply personal piece for the composer, blue cathedral begins with gentle, responsive flute and clarinet solos that represent herself and her late brother, climaxing in a thunderous, arrhythmic hammering of bass and horns.