In 1924, Leopold Stokowski rightly predicted that the newly established Curtis Institute of Music "will become the most important musical institution of our country, perhaps the world." The Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to welcome the Institute's accomplished musicians, ranging from soloists and duos to chamber ensembles, as they present informal concerts in its celebrated galleries. Performances, which will take place on the second Saturday of each month (with the exception of May 6, 2000) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., will range from solo violin, cello and harp, to voice and piano, to string or woodwind duos and quartets.
Music in the Galleries will debut on October 9 with violinist Jason DePue in 20th-Century Gallery 169, in happy proximity to Three Musicians, Picasso's 1921 masterpiece. Mr. DePue, who is now 21 and has been studying violin since age 5, made his solo debut at Bowling Green State University in 1976. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Toledo Symphony, among others. He has won numerous competitions, and was a finalist in the International Stulberg String Competition. Upon entering the Curtis Institute in 1995, Jason studied with renowned violinist Aaron Rosand, and continues his studies with Rafael Druian, former concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Jason holds the Blank, Rome, Comisky and McCauley Fellowship at Curtis, where all students receive full-tuition scholarships awarded solely on the basis of merit.
Music in the Galleries will continue with performances on November 13 and December 11, 1999, and January 9, February 12, March 11, April 8, and May 6, 2000 (program details to be announced).
The Curtis Institute of Music was founded in 1924 to train exceptionally gifted young musicians for performing careers on the highest professional level. Currently, 166 students from the United States and 21 countries throughout the world study with the school's 87-member faculty. The Curtis Institute has produced, proportionately, the largest body of notable performing musicians of any conservatory. Alumni include Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Jorge Bolet, Lukas Foss, Richard Goode, Gary Graffman, Lynn Harrell, Eugene Istomin, Jaime Laredo, Gian Carlo Menotti, Anna Moffo, George Rochberg, Ned Rorem, Peter Serkin and Benita Valente.
Music in the Galleries is sponsored by The John J. Medveckis Foundation.