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Curtis at 92Y Kicks Off in January 2022 with Franz Schubert

Jan 19 Through Feb 18 | Wed |
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In the final weeks of Franz Schubert's tragically short life, he wrote one of the great masterworks in all of chamber music — his Quintet in C Major. In this new five-part course, Jonathan Coopersmith, Chair of Musical Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, explores the work in depth, as well as the creative burst that spawned it. Benjamin Britten called Schubert's last year and a half "the richest and most productive 18 months in our music history," producing not only the Quintet, but Winterreise, the C-Major Symphony, the B-Flat and E-Flat Piano Trios, the Mass in E-Flat, and the final three piano sonatas. Coopersmith looks at the genius of the Quintet, what made Schubert a musical groundbreaker, and his unique place in bridging the Classical and Romantic eras.

Two days after the course's final class, a Curtis on Tour ensemble performs the Quintet on the stage of Kaufmann Concert Hall, in a program also including the New York premiere of Richard Danielpour's A Shattered Vessel. We explore this work composed 190 years later for the same instrumentation of two violins, viola and two cellos, analyzing it as a standalone composition, and informed by the insights of a living composer. ** Online Class ** SCHUBERT'S QUINTET IN C MAJOR: A MASTERPIECE EXAMINED WEDNESDAYS, JAN 19-FEB 16, 7-8:15 PM ET. All patrons registering for this course will receive a special discount code for Curtis on Tour appearances on 92Y's concert series. This discount code will be provided in a separate email upon registration. Register for the class here:


In this first concert in a new alliance between 92Y and the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music, an ensemble comprising esteemed faculty — including Ida Kavafian on violin and Peter Wiley on cello — and recent alumni of Curtis perform one of the greatest masterworks in chamber music, Schubert's sublimely beautiful C-Major Quintet.

The quintet is followed by the New York premiere of a new work by another member of Curtis' faculty, with Grammy Award-winning composer Richard Danielpour's A Shattered Vessel. Written 190 years after the Schubert work for the same instrumentation of two violins, viola and two cellos, A Shattered Vessel contemplates crisis and struggle, loss and healing, renewal and gratitude. A splendid and soulful program from some of the finest chamber musicians performing today.

Lun Li, violin Ida Kavafian, violin Cara Pogossian, viola Francis Carr, cello Peter Wiley, cello

Danielpour, A Shattered Vessel (NY premiere) Schubert, String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

About the Curtis Institute of Music The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. For nearly a century Curtis has provided each member of its small student body with an unparalleled education alongside musical peers, distinguished by a "learn by doing" philosophy and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians. With admissions based solely on artistic promise, no student is turned away due to financial need. Curtis invests in each admitted student, ensuring no tuition is charged for their studies and they enter the profession free from educational debt. In a typical year, Curtis students hone their craft through more than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings in Philadelphia and around the world. For more information, visit 

About 92Y The 92nd Street Y (92Y) is a world-class center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. 92Y offers extensive classes, courses and events online including live concerts, talks and master classes; fitness classes for all ages; 250+ art classes, and parenting workshops for new moms and dads. The 92nd Street Y is transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action all over the world. All of 92Y's programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives; and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions, and ethnicities. For more information, visit 

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