Yannick Nezet and the Curtis Institute of Music's Student Symphony

January 10, 2014 11:37:11 AM PST
The Curtis Institute of Music's Student Symphony is getting a little help from some heavy hitters in the classical music world. For the first time ever, Yannick Nezet Seguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will lead the students of the Curtis Symphony, in a program steeped in Eastern European musical tradition. Don Liuzzi, principal timpani for the Philadelphia Orchestra, will also take the stage, performing Bartok's Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra.

"It's a landmark piece in music history in the 20th century as far as percussion is concerned," says Liuzzi. "Bartok was THE first to really utilize the pedals creatively - like a trombonist would. It creates a sound that's kind of not of this world."

Yannick will lead the orchestra in Shostakovich's Symphony Number 7.

"It is about the horrors of war and the invasion by the Nazi army to overtake Russia," says Liuzzi, " The last movement is actually very triumphant by saying good will overcome evil in a sense but it's one of the loudest pieces on the planet actually," symbolizing Liuzzi explains that "the troops are out for this one, let's say."

And it's a concert, he says, you won't want to miss. "For sheer energy, power, and desire, there's nothing like a Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert."

The concert is one performance only, Sunday, January 26th at 3pm in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall.

The Chamber Orchestra's performance is set for Sunday afternoon, January 19th. It's one concert only. For tickets, go to www.TheArtsinPhilly.org.

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