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The Curtis Institute of Music

Curtis Symphony Orchestra: Ra, Mackey, and Tchaikovsky

Electrifying Virtuosity

Mar 09, 2024
3:00 PM


Robert Spano, Conductor

JIJI Kim, guitar

Curtis Symphony Orchestra


JAMES RA ('04)        Te Deum 

                                   (world premiere)

STEVEN MACKEY   Aluminum Flowers, for solo electric guitar and orchestra

                                   (world premiere)

TCHAIKOVSKY        Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 (“Pathétique”)

Renowned conductor Robert Spano leads the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in 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 guitarisJIJI, followed by Tchaikovsky’s impassioned, intensely personal Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”). 

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Kimmel Center

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Philadelphia, PA 19102

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