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Curtis 20/21 Ensemble: Ode to Napolean

  • Gould Rehearsal Hall 1616 Locust St Philadelphia, PA (map)

Curtis alumnus and world-renowned pianist Peter Serkin (’64) joins Curtis 20/21 and the Vera String Quartet to perform Arnold Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, a work written in 1942 in response to the rise of authoritarianism and World War II. The program features other politically-charged works, including pieces by Curtis alumni Jonathan Bailey Holland (Synchrony) and David Ludwig, 20/21’s artistic director, as well as gripping musical statements by David Lang and Nina Young.


There will be a pre-concert conversation on stage with some of the composers of these works, as well as a discussion of the intersection of politics and music.