Starting Sunday: The Curtis Factor

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.