Greetings new and old Curtis friends!
We are extremely excited to be part of the first Curtis On Tour initiative from March 6 - March 21, 2008. Let me first introduce ourselves! Bella Hristova and Joel Link are our violinists, Vicki Powell and Curtis President Roberto Diaz are our violists, and Yu-Wen Wang and myself (Margo Tatgenhorst Drakos) are the cellists. I graduated from Curtis in 1999 as a student of David Soyer, and it is such a privilege for me to be able to be once again inspired by the incredible talent, drive and excellence that is Curtis. During the next two weeks our sextet will be traveling through Maine, Pennsylvania, California and Florida, performing concerts, doing outreach events at schools and medical centers, giving master classes, and meeting Curtis Overseer's & Friends of Curtis, the wonderful supporters that keep Curtis, Curtis! We will be performing the Strauss Sextet (which is the opening to the final act of his Opera, Capriccio), Schoenberg’s incredible Verklarte Nacht, and the fiery Dvorak E-Flat Viola Quintet.
Curtis is a tuition-free conservatory that trains exceptionally gifted young players for careers as professional performing artists at the highest level. Curtis On Tour is an incredible opportunity to prepare students for the rigors of a performance career and the plethora of skills and the endless balancing act that this requires. Whether it is juggling travel delays, finding the right directions to a hotel, and preparing talks for students, or squeaking in practicing, trying to get some sleep and stay on top of emails, these are the rewarding and sometimes challenging realities of a professional musician. Equally amazing is the chance to perform the same program multiple times in close proximity! My last year of Curtis I the opportunity to perform a program in multiple cities, night after night. Never before had I played the same program more than twice and it was a completely life altering experience. I have found that only after you have played a piece many times, in many different moods, with many different audiences, do you begin to truly explore a piece. For the Curtis students on this tour, I hope they find this to be equally a profound experience.
Over the next two weeks, Bella, Joel, Vicki, and Yu-Wen will be providing you with a glimpse into life “On The Road” through words and pictures. We hope you enjoy and that you will share your comments and questions! Our live performance from Field Concert Hall at Curtis will be available for public streaming online right here at InstantEncore.com/Curtis beginning Tuesday, March 11, 2008.
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