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Starting Sunday: The Curtis Factor

Coming attraction.

Starting Sunday: The Curtis Factor

Yu-Ting Chen practices her violin at Curtis May 6, 2011.  (Tom Gralish, staff photographer)
Yu-Ting Chen practices her violin at Curtis May 6, 2011. (Tom Gralish, staff photographer)

Coming attraction.

The Curtis Factor explores the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia’s music conservatory that is small and elite, but a powerhouse player in the classical music world. It includes three articles for print, scores of photographs, a multi-media online timeline, video components and other features.

One unusual aspect of The Curtis Factor involves the creation of a new musical score. The Inquirer commissioned Curtis student Katerina Kramarchuk to write an original trio for piano, cello and clarinet – performed by Curtis students - which is both woven throughout the online video documentary on the school and presented in its entirety in a separate video piece. In producing the package, the Inquirer spent several months interviewing and photographing Curtis students, faculty, administration and alumni.

The project is a collaboration of photographer Tom Gralish; graphic artist Cynthia Greer; video producer and editor Frank Wiese; several other editors and videographers; and yours truly.

Starting this Sunday.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
About this blog

Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

Reach Peter at pdobrin@phillynews.com.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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