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Curtis Crescendo Club

Young Professionals Supporting Young Musicians

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The Curtis Crescendo Club (CCC) comprises members of the Friends of Curtis, ages 40 and under, who enjoy special networking events and other benefits to get more involved at Curtis and in classical music in Philadelphia. Each year, the CCC hosts an annual networking event, Classics and Cocktails, and is hosted by a member of the Curtis faculty, who provides commentary about the music and Q & A with student performers.

"The Crescendo Club is special in that the people we attract come from very diverse backgrounds and professions. Some have a musical background, some don't -- but we're all inspired by the talent and enthusiasm of these young musicians. And our events are really fun; they mirror the energy and excitement of the students."  --John Papianou, Founder, Crescendo Club


The Curtis Crescendo Club comprises members of the Friends of Curtis, ages 40 and under, who enjoy special networking events and other benefits to get more involved at Curtis and in classical music in Philadelphia. They support Curtis's full-tuition scholarships for all students with their Friends of Curtis membership gifts of $75 or more, and enjoy fantastic benefits for one year after making their membership gifts, including:

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::  Invitation to Annual Open House

::  50% off Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Curtis Opera Theatre subscriptions

::  Invitations to special networking events exclusively for the Crescendo Club

::  And more, depending on the level of your gift


Please save the date for the exciting Crescendo Club events this fall! Exact details and times for the events will be posted shortly.

La bohème Dress Rehearsal - *contributing members only event

Friday October 2, 2015  
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street

This exclusive Crescendo Club member benefit will allow members to see Puccini’s popular opera, La bohème, before the general public! Two tickets to this event will be mailed out to contributing members. Doors to the Prince Theater open at 5:30 p.m. and concessions will be available for purchase before the rehearsal and during intermission. Join us directly following the performance for an after party at the Ritz-Carlton, 10 Avenue of the Arts, with drink specials and complimentary appetizers.

Open House - *contributing members only event

Thursday, October 8, 2015,
5:00-7:30 p.m.
Curtis Institute of Music campus

RSVP to Members are invited for a behind the scenes look at Curtis’s beautiful campus and a chance to see Curtis students in rehearsals. Raffle drawings for Curtis swag will occur throughout the evening and members that bring a friend with them will receive two tickets to an upcoming Curtis performance! After touring the campus, please stop by for a reception in the Locks Board Room in Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street.

Classics and Cocktails

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street

RSVP link to come—please save the date!

6:00 p.m. Complimentary pre-reception with cocktails and appetizers - Bok Room
7:30 p.m. Free recital performed by Curtis students - Field Concert Hall
8:30 p.m. Post party, location TBD

The Crescendo Club's most popular annual gathering is an opportunity for anyone under 40 to learn more about joining the Crescendo Club. More details to come.

Curtis Presents: duende with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble

Thursday, December 3, 2015
9 p.m.
SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 South Broad Street

An irreverent and electric evening of song and dance, anchored by Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, evokes the origins of the Darmstadt movement, Curtis’s all-school project. This program features duende—a collective founded by Gabriel Cabezas (Cello '13), student composer Alyssa Weinberg, and dancer/choreographer Chloe Felesina— in a cabaret-infused collaboration with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble.

$10 tickets are available from with the following promo code: 10Crescendo. There will be a pre-concert reception, location TBD. Ticketing fees may apply.

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Curtis Crescendo Club Steering Committee

Marija Ugrinich, Co-Chair
Dean Vetsikas, Co-Chair
R. C. Atlee
Matt Billas
Elizabeth Ann Chegezy
Byron Kho
Matthew R. McCarrin
Anna W. S. Matheson
Eileen Murphy
Pavel Petrash
Diane Poff
Annie Ravert
C.J. Walsh III
Erica Warburg
Alexandra von der Embse (Oboe '12)


Diane Poff, institutional giving officer, (215) 717-3184

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