Curt Thompson is Associate Professor of Violin at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He is also Director of Chamber Music Studies at TCU and is the Founder and Director of the highly acclaimed Mimir Chamber Music Festival, whose fourteenth season was held at TCU this past July. In addition to his teaching at TCU, he has presided over master classes at the Royal Academy of Music (Great Britain), Bulgarian State Academy of Music, El Escorial Conservatory (Spain), and the University of Saõ Paulo (Brazil).
Mr. Thompson earned both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University, where he was awarded the coveted Performer’s Certificate. In 2003, he received his Doctor of Musical Arts from Rice University in Houston, Texas. In addition to recital appearances in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas, Mr. Thompson has performed concerti with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra (China), Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra (Columbia), Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, and Texas Chamber Orchestra. Selected by the New York Times as a Critics’ Favorite, Mr. Thompson’s debut recording on the Naxos label of the violin sonatas of Charles Ives has been broadcast by both National Public Radio and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Dvorak – Othello Overture - 42'
The overture Othello, Op. 93, B. 174, was written by Antonin Dvorák in 1892 as the third part of a trilogy of overtures called "Nature, Life and Love." The first two parts of the trilogy are In Nature's Realm, Op. 91 ("Nature") and the Carnival Overture, Op. 92 ("Life"). The overture is scored for two flutes, piccolo, two oboes, english horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, harp and strings.
Smetana – Richard III - 13'27"
This piece is a symphonic poem after the play by William Shakespeare. Richard III is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1591. It depicts the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of Richard III of England. The play is grouped among the histories in the First Folio and is most often classified as such. Occasionally, however, as in the quarto edition, it is termed a tragedy. Richard III concludes Shakespeare's first tetralogy (also containing Henry VI parts 1–3). It is widely considered to be one of Shakespeare's greatest plays.
Dvorak – Symphony No. 6 in D Major - 46'42"
Czech composer Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904) composed his Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. 112, in 1880. It is dedicated to Hans Richter, who was the conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. With a performance time of approximately 40 minutes, the four-movement piece was one of the first of Dvorák’s large symphonic works to draw international attention. In it, he manages to capture a bit of the Czech national style within a standard Germanic classical-romantic form.