Curtis on Tour with a tribute to Leonard Bernstein 
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“...there are as many sides of American music as there are to the American people—our great, varied, many-sided democracy..."
—Leonard Bernstein

The prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia sends its most promising young students on tour to play alongside faculty and noted alumni. This program pays tribute to Leonard Bernstein (himself a Curtis alum), in celebration of his centenary, with Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata (with alum, David Shifrin) and songs from West Side Story, alongside pieces by two of his contemporary influences, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin.

David Shifrin, clarinet
Dominic Armstrong, tenor
Zorá String Quartet
Jiacheng Xiong, piano


Generously supported by Mary and Clinton Gilliland


  • Leonard Bernstein:
    Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

  • Leonard Bernstein:
    “Extinguish my eyes” from Two Love Songs
    “I’ve been Afraid” from A Quiet Place
    “So Pretty”
    “When My Soul Touches Yours” from Two Love Songs
    “My Twelve Tone Melody”
    “Dream with Me” from Peter Pan

  • Aaron Copland:
    Sextet for Piano, Clarinet, and String Quartet

  • George Gerswhin:

  • Leonard Bernstein:
    Songs and Dances (from West Side Story), arr. John B Hedges                                                                                                 

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