CURTIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Electrifying Virtuosity
Place & Time
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia PA USA
March 9, 2024
3:00 PM

JAMES RA (’04): Work title TBA, premiere
STEVEN MACKEY: Concerto for Electric Guitar
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 (“Pathétique”)

Robert Spano, conductor

JIJI Kim, guitar

Additional Information

Renowned conductor Robert Spano leads the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in the final concert of its bold and ambitious 2023–24 season, a remarkable program featuring two exhilarating world premieres and a late-Romantic era classic. The afternoon opens with a newly commissioned work by James Ra. Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a composer to watch,” Ra’s compositions have been described as “coursing with adrenaline-pumping energy.”

The program continues with GRAMMY Award-winning Curtis composition faculty member Steven Mackey’s Concerto for Electric Guitar, featuring the jaw-dropping virtuosity of guitarist JIJI, followed by Tchaikovsky’s impassioned, intensely personal Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”).

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