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October 4th, 2007
Music in the Galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Begins October 6, 2007


Visitors to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will hear performances by students from The Curtis Institute of Music one Saturday each month, October through May, as part of Music in the Galleries program. Small chamber ensembles and soloists from Curtis give informal concerts in a designated gallery each month. Free with museum admission, performances take place throughout the afternoon at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m. Music in the Galleries is made possible by the John J. Medveckis Foundation.

The first performance of the season takes place on Saturday, October 6 at the Rodin Museum and features violinist Elizabeth Fayette and violist Alexander Petersen, and a complete schedule of performances through May follows:

October 6: Rodin Museum, String Duo
November 17: Gallery 299, String Duo
December 1: Gallery 206, String Trio
January 19: Great Stair Hall, Solo Piano
February 16: Gallery 152, String and Wind Duo
March 1: Gallery 155, String Trio
April 5: Gallery 277, String Quartet
May 3: Skylit Galleria (Perelman Building), Woodwind Quintet

The Curtis Institute of Music trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world’s leading music schools, Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 164 students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. A Curtis education is uniquely tailored to the individual student, with personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and unusually frequent performance opportunities. This distinctive “learn by doing” approach to musical training has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Jennifer Higdon, Hilary Hahn, and Lang Lang.

The Curtis Institute of Music is located at 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia. For general information, call (215)893-5252 or visit www.curtis.edu

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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