On Stage At Curtis features cellist Sydney Lee playing one of her personal favorites from Tchaikovsky and mezzo-soprano Sophia Maekawa performing a composition by Giovanni Bottesini.

Tchaikovsky: Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Sydney Lee, cello; Daniel Hsu, piano

Russian composer Tchaikovsky’s Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op. 33 starts off with a simple theme and then explores the capabilities and wide range of the cello. The cellist technique is challenged at the most inconvenient places with the piece.

Bottesini: “Tutto che il mondo serra”
Sophia Maekawa, mezzo-soprano; Marcus Elliott Gaved, double bass; Jungeun Kim, piano

“Tutto che il mondo serra” by Giovanni Bottesini is for voice, double bass and piano. Besides being a composer and conductor Bottesini was one of the foremost virtuoso double bass players and a major contributor to the development of the technique of that instrument.