Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library

21 August 2015

A new festival is being born in the city
When everything quiets down, something different happens in the city...

On August 21-22 and 24-25, the Schwarz Foundation in collaboration with the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies organize the festival Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library, hosting important musicians of the famous Curtis Institute of Music, who will perform musical masterpieces.

A new festival is born through the special partnership of three high-level institutions. The intercultural perspective of the Schwarz Foundation meets with the long tradition and august history of the Gennadius Library and the celebrated Curtis Institute to animate the cultural landscape of Athens, right in the interval between summer and autumn, a period of silence just before the beginning of the new season.

These high quality concerts will be hosted in Cotsen Hall, the auditorium of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, in one of the most wonderful Athenian gardens.
Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library... A great way to say goodbye to summer and welcome autumn, a musical epilogue with familiar rhythms, favorite tunes, timeless melodies and special guests from the world music scene.

Program of Events

Friday, August 21
Curtis on Tour: All-Chopin Piano Recital
Alexander Ullman, piano
Alexander Ullman, a 2013 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, offers a bouquet of Chopin favorites. A winner of the Liszt Competition in Budapest while still a student, he has toured extensively in Europe, India, China, and the U.S.
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Waltz in F major, Op. 34, No. 3
Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31
Berceuse in D-flat major Op. 57
Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61
Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1
Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1
Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53

Saturday, August 22
Curtis on Tour: Vocal Recital
Ashley Milanese, soprano
Thomas Shivone, bass-baritone
Mikael Eliasen, piano

Singers from the Curtis Opera Theatre perform opera arias and duets, musical theatre classics, and gems from the art song repertoire with pianist Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre. The program will include works by Mozart, Handel, Donizetti, and Bernstein.

Monday, August 24
Curtis on Tour: Cello and Piano Recital
Timotheos Petrin, cello
Alexander Ullman, piano
Featuring both a current Curtis student and a recent graduate, this engaging recital features beloved chamber works by Beethoven, Falla, Schumann, and Piazzolla. Cellist Timotheos Petrin, a native of Thessaloniki, is joined by English pianist Alexander Ullman.

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 Robert Schumann
Zart und mit Ausdruck (1810–56)
Lebhaft, leicht
Rasch und mit Feuer
Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2 Ludwig van Beethoven
Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo—Allegro molto più tosto presto (1770–1827)
Rondo: Allegro
Suite popular española Manuel de Falla
El paño moruno (1876–1946)
Le grand tango Astor Piazzolla

Tuesday, August 25
Curtis on Tour: Chamber Music Recital
Ashley Milanese, soprano
Thomas Shivone, bass-baritone
Timotheos Petrin, cello
Mikael Eliasen, piano
Alexander Ullman, piano
Students, faculty, and alumni from the renowned Curtis Institute of Music perform a recital of vocal and instrumental chamber music. Repertoire will include works for voice, cello, and piano as well as selections by Rossini and Bernstein.

A few words about the three institutions that organize the festival and the initiative Curtis on Tour

The Gennadius Library

The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens is a leading center for researchers exploring the culture and civilization of Greece with more than 125,000 rare books, archives, manuscripts, and research material that shed light to all periods of Greek history and culture. The Library is organizing public lectures, seminars, symposia, exhibitions, and publications while aiming to reach a broader public in order to highlight the importance of the Greek culture in the formation of the western civilization. This summer, the Gennadius Library in collaboration with the Schwarz Foundation hosts four musical programs of the famous Curtis Institute of Music that enliven the city's cultural landscape in the month of August.

The Schwarz Foundation

The Schwarz Foundation is a private foundation whose mission is to foster the exchange between various cultures. Europe is experiencing ongoing transformation which calls for new ways of thinking. The Foundation was initiated in order to contribute to this process of re-evaluation and re-thinking. Through its various projects and initiatives, the Foundation aims to encourage and accompany people who are working for a new Europe in their intellectual exchange of ideas. Over the past six years, the Foundation's work has mainly been focused on the area of culture. Art and music as the languages of discourse allow for perception of and reflection on the concept of 'foreignness'. For this reason, the Foundation decisively chose to fund projects in these fields. In the future, the discussion can be extended to include other disciplines such as psychoanalysis, theology and the natural sciences. The Schwarz Foundation is well known in our country for hosting young, talented artists from all over the world on the island of Samos in an artistic coexistence that aims to contribute to better understanding between nations through art. A creative work platform, exchanging not only cultural views but also musical dialogues, which enlivens every year in Samos, at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. Having presented five consecutive music festivals at the Ancient Theatre of Pythagorio (Samos Young Artists Festival) from 2010 to date, three exhibitions of international renowned artists (Harun Farocki/2012, Slavs and Tatars/2013, Nevin Aladağ/2014) and important theatrical productions, the Schwarz Foundation continues for the sixth year with organizing separate cultural events extending its work over the island of Samos and for the first time at the city of Athens.


Ninety Years of Artistic Promise
One of the world's finest and most selective conservatories, Curtis offers a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture to 175 students from all corners of the world. Nurtured by a celebrated faculty, these extraordinary young musicians graduate to join 4,000 alumni who have long made music history. From Leonard Bernstein to Alan Gilbert, Samuel Barber to Jennifer Higdon, Benita Valente to Eric Owens, Richard Goode to Jonathan Biss, Curtis alumni personify the school's commitment to excellence—on stage and in their communities—inventing careers with impact.

A busy schedule of performances—more than 200 a year in Philadelphia and around the world—is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. Dedicated to a tradition of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1924, Curtis is looking toward its centenary in a flexible and forward-thinking way, evolving strategically to serve its time-honored mission.


Curtis on Tour is the global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. An embodiment of the school's "learn by doing" philosophy, it offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performances, students frequently offer master classes, in-school demonstrations, and other community engagement activities. Since Curtis on Tour was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have traveled to more than 50 destinations in Europe, Asia, and North and South America, with new venues added each year.

Curtis on Tour is generously funded by Nina von Maltzahn through the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library
4 concerts
August 21-22 & 24-25, 2015
The Gennadius Library, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Cotsen Hall, 9 Anapiron Polemou str., 106 76 Athens
tel.: 210-72.10.536 (ext. 101)
Free Entrance


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