Joseph Curtin & Black Oak Ensemble Explore Music and Science

curtin_blackoakWant to learn about the science of violins from a renowned luthier and journey from Bach to Balkan music all in one night? Then you’ll want to check out Joseph Curtin and the Black Oak Ensemble present: The Music & Science of Old and New Violins. The event will feature a talk by MacArthur Fellow Joseph Curtin and a performance by the internationally acclaimed Black Oak Ensemble on Saturday, March 7 at the International House, 1414 E. 59th St., Chicago.

Curtin has created violins for artists including Ilya Kaler, Yehudi Menuhin, and Ruggiero Ricci. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005. In 2013, the “ex-Ricci” Curtin & Alf violin set a world record price for an instrument by a living maker when it sold in auction for $132,000. Recently, Curtin delivered a colloquium on violin science at Stanford University and was featured in an NPR story about Stradivari instruments.

The Black Oak Ensemble consists of the award-winning soloists and chamber musicians Goran Ivanovic (guitar), Desirée Ruhstrat (violin), David Cunliffe (cello), and Aurélian Fort Penderzoli (violin/viola). The group has performed on Live on WFMT, The Steinway Series, Music in the Loft Series, and the Ravinia Festival. The ensemble’s performance will take the audience on a journey from Bach to Balkan with works by composers including  Bach, Beethoven, Bartok , Paganini , Monti, Piazolla, Kreisler/de Falla and Ivanovic.

The event schedule is as follows:
5:30PM: Doors open
6:00PM: Joseph Curtin talk, audience questions, and intermission
7:30PM: Black Oak Ensemble Concert
8:30PM: Concert ends. Reception for people with VIP tickets begins.
9:30PM: VIP Reception Ends

Ticket Tiers and Prices:
VIP: $35 – Only 50 available. VIP tickets include a special reception with the artists after the concert
General admission: $25
Student: Free – Reservation required, and students must show a valid UChicago student ID at the door.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, click here.

Photo credits: Joseph Curtin by Ching Chen Juhl. Black Oak Ensemble courtesy Black Oak Ensemble 

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