Curtis Institute, Short

In a few days, two world stars will be joining forces for a tour through Europe, and their first stop is in Germany. They are Anne-Sophie Mutter, the violinist, and conductor Andre Previn. The party in the limelight, however, is not a person at all, but rather the orchestra of the Philadelphia-based Curtis Institute. Along with Mutter and Previn, the student orchestra will appear in four German cities. The tour is part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Institute which is among the most important conservatories in America. Alumni include conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, pianist Peter Serkin, and composer Samuel Barber. Since its inception 75 years ago, the world-famous Philadelphia Orchestra has recruited a majority of its musicians from the Curtis Institute. The Curtis Institute Orchestra begins its tour on November 2nd and 3rd with two different programs in Mannheim. From there, it is traveling to Hamburg on the 4th, to continue in Bielefeld on the 6th, and its last concert in Germany will be November 7 in Wuppertal. After completing the tour's German leg, it will continue on to Austria, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland. Georg Hirsch visited the orchestra a few days before their departure from Philadelphia.

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