In Philadelphia public art project “Duet,” Curtis and Drexel students cajole strangers to sing

Posted on: March 29, 2022

“In Clark Park, buzzing with the first blush of spring, the invitation rings out. ‘Would you like to sing with me? Please?’ ” writes Juliana Feliciano Reyes in Sunday’s (3/27) Philadelphia Inquirer. “On Saturday afternoon, the ask is made all over the park by nearly two dozen chorale singers [who] gently cajole strangers into learning a simple piece of music with them…. It’s the Philadelphia debut of ‘Duet,’ a public art project that’s part of a citywide exploration through music called Rehearsing Philadelphia. A collaboration between Drexel University and the Curtis Institute of Music, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage-funded project challenges our understanding of music, especially classical music…. The two-week-long project celebrates the rehearsal of music, the rehearsal that has become our lives, said Ari Benjamin Meyers, the Berlin-based composer behind Rehearsing Philadelphia…. ‘Duet’ … has been performed … in cities such as Berlin and Turin, Italy…. The project has also put Curtis Institute students in dialogue with the city…. Mary Javian, Curtis’ chair of career studies … said participating in the project was about being ‘a true member of the artistic community.’ … Students from the Curtis Opera Theatre were also in Clark Park.”