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Overtones: Spring 2018

Overtones: Spring 2018

Fall 2017 at Curtis The

Fall 2017 at Curtis The Curtis Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening concert featured guest conductor JUANJO MENA and two student soloists—OLIVER HERBERT (Cello) and HAE SUE LEE (Viola) in Strauss’s Don Quixote (above). Mr. Mena also conducted the Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, and conducting fellow Carlos Ágreda launched the program with John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine. PHOTOS: DAVID DeBALKO The Curtis Opera Theatre presented two productions last fall. R.B. SCHLATHER’s intimate conception of Impressions of Pelléas, Marius Constant’s adaptation of Debussy’s only opera, placed the cast among the audience and a piano on wheels in the midst of the action in the Curtis Opera Studio (below). Featured were musical director LISA KELLER at the piano, PATRICK WILHELM (left) in the title role, and KENDRA BROOM (center) as Mélisande, with EMILY POGORELC, SOPHIA FIUZA HUNT, DENNIS CHMELENSKY, and KODI MEYER. November brought Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in a wintry production by CHAS RADER-SHIEBER (right), with TIFFANY TOWNSEND as Tatyana, the idealistic ingénue who MORE ONLINE falls in love with the opera’s Watch and listen to Curtis performances. aloof title character. www.curtis.edu/YouTube PHOTOS: CORY WEAVER

CONTENTS FALL 201 7 AT CURTIS Opposite MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 2 Creative connections VOL. XXXXII, NO. 2 SPRING 2018 20 NOTEWORTHY 3 Sphinx joins forces with Curtis Summerfest, Opera Philadelphia spotlights Curtis singers, and a visiting faculty member emphasizes electronics. OVERTONES Overtones is the semiannual publication of the Curtis Institute of Music. 1726 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 Telephone: (215) 893-5252 www.curtis.edu Roberto Díaz, president and CEO Nina von Maltzahn President’s Chair EDITOR Melinda Whiting EDITORIAL ADVISORY GROUP Larry Bomback Paul Bryan Lourdes Demers Roberto Díaz Mikael Eliasen Jennifer Kallend Kristen Loden David Ludwig Jeanne McGinn CONTRIBUTORS Matthew Barker Barbara Benedett Clara Gerdes Jennifer Kallend Jeanne McGinn Annie Sarachan Jason Ward Diana Wensley Kristina Wilson GRAPHIC DESIGN art270, Inc. ISSN: 0887-6800 Copyright © 2018 by Curtis Institute of Music MEET THE FACULTY 6 Cellist Carter Brey follows his curiosity outside the box—and brings students with him, writes Matthew Barker. MEET THE STUDENTS 9 French-born harpist Héloïse Carlean-Jones digs deep into the score, and then lets go. Dave Allen reports. THE COMPLEAT MUSICIAN 12 The Curtis classroom is home to a stimulating biodiversity of ideas, writes Jeanne M. McGinn. 6 14 9 25 12 A REUNION AND A HOMECOMING 14 Curtis alumni return to campus to teach and reconnect during Summerfest. Annie Sarachan reflects on their experience. THIS SPRING AT CURTIS 18 On stage and online “A DEEPLY MOVING EXPERIENCE” 20 Leonard Bernstein’s two years attending Curtis left a lasting mark—on the student and the school, as Kristina Wilson writes. FIRST PERSON 25 Clara Gerdes shares an organ scholar’s experience on the other side of Locust Street. MEET THE ALUMNI 28 Fully prepared for her moment, Amanda Majeski makes every experience count. Heidi Waleson speaks with the fast-rising young soprano. NOTATIONS Alumni 31 Alumni Office Notes 34 Faculty 35 Students 35 Recordings and Publications 36 THREE CURTIS CONDUCTORS AT THE ACROPOLIS, 1959 Back cover ON THE COVER: Cello faculty Carter Brey teaches student Joshua Halpern. Mr. Brey, who holds the Nina and Billy Albert Chair in Cello Studies, is profiled on page 6. PHOTO: PETE CHECCHIA 28 32 OVERTONES SPRING 2018 1

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