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Watch and Listen: Winds and Strings from Curtis Play Beethoven, Penderecki, Live from WRTI

Julia Wesely
Violinist Benjamin Schmid

In the midst of an East Coast U.S. tour, alumni and student wind and string players from The Curtis Institute of Music visited WRTI's Performance Studio to play music by Penderecki and Beethoven and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Over the course of the year, Curtis on Tour takes different groups of students throughout the country and the world. As part of this program, Winds and Strings, an ensemble of student musicians, led by alumni, Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid, and Gabriel Kovach, principal horn of the Phoenix Symphony, is now on an East Coast U.S. tour.

They're performing expansive chamber works of Beethoven and Penderecki, with stops in Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh, and West Orange, New Jersey.

The same day of their evening concert "at home" at the Curtis Institute of Music Field Concert Hall, they visit WRTI to perform highlights of their tour repertoire. Join us November 20th at 12:10.

WRTI Program:

PENDERECKI, Duo Concertante for violin and double bass

  • Benjamin Schmid (violin) and Marcus Elliott Gaved (double bass)

BEETHOVEN, Septet in E-­flat major, Op. 20

  • Adagio - Allegro con brio, Movement no. 1
  • Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace, Movement no. 5

Winds and Strings (part of the Curtis Presents series, in partnership with Curtis on Tour) perform Wednesday, November 20th at 8 PM at Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street


Alumni performers Gabriel Kovach (Horn '99, principal horn of the Phoenix Symphony) and Benjamin Schmid (Violin '91, international touring artist)

Student performers:  Sara Han, clarinet; Doron Laznow, bassoon; Haeji Kim, viola; John Lee, cello; Marcus Elliott Gaved, double bass

Curtis on Tour offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performing, musicians offer master classes, interactive programs, and community engagement activities while on tour. Since the program was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have performed more than 300 concerts in over 100 cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.