On Sunday, March 27, Bay Chamber Concerts will present a concert titled Curtis on Tour — Spring, Solzhenitsyn and Stars! at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., at 2:30 p.m. One of today’s most gifted artists, pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, will perform the rising stars of with Philadelphia’s world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music.

The spring 2011 tour features Curtis piano faculty member and 1995 alumnus Solzhenitsyn joined by two extraordinary Curtis students in a commissioned piece by Daron Hagen (an ’84 alumnus). Other offerings include works by Brahms, Kurtag and Mozart’s beloved clarinet composition, the “Kegelstatt” Trio.

At the Curtis Institute of Music, students work very closely with faculty and frequently performing on the same stage. This practice has a Midcoast inspiration, as the institute’s founder and philanthropist Mary Louise Curtis Bok said “Students shall learn to think and express their thoughts against a background of quiet culture, with the stimulus of personal contact with artist teachers who represent the highest and finest in their art.”

Curtis On Tour brings the extraordinary artistry of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music to audiences nationwide, with tomorrow’s leading musicians performing alongside celebrated Curtis alumni and faculty. Their performances embody the remarkable traditions of Curtis, where individually tailored training with a faculty of renowned musicians has nurtured a long line of great artists from Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to Hilary Hahn and Lang Lang. Bay Chamber proudly shares the accomplishments of these Curtis students with its own Community Music School family by offering its students and their families complimentary tickets to this event.

Most tickets to the Curtis on Tour concert are just $25, and youth tickets for ages 18 and younger are only $8. Prime seating is $45.  Discounts of up to 30 percent are available for subscribers and groups of eight or more. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Bay Chamber Concerts at 236-2823; toll-free at 888-707-2770; or online at baychamberconcerts.org.

Founded in 1961 by brothers Andrew Wolf and Thomas Wolf, Bay Chamber is dedicated to sustaining classical music as an art form. In concerts and in the classroom, Bay Chamber passes along this rich musical heritage to people of all ages and abilities, at the same time acknowledging the importance, and encouraging the exploration, of all musical languages.

A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, Bay Chamber has for 50 years awarded annual prizes to young Maine musicians. Bay Chamber Community Music School offers private instruction, orchestral opportunities and other music education to local musicians and community members of all ages and abilities. Bay Chamber Concerts presents music year-round through two performance series: the Summer Music Festival during the months of July and August, featuring classical, jazz and film events in the historic Rockport Opera House and Strand Theatre in Rockland; and the Performing Arts Series from October through May, showcasing a variety of classical, jazz and world music, as well as dance events, in venues throughout Midcoast Maine.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.