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Curtis Crescendo Club

Young Professionals Supporting Young Musicians

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The Crescendo Club gathers Philadelphia's young professionals to celebrate the world's finest young musicians at the Curtis Institute of Music, all of whom attend tuition free.


"In partnership with some of Philadelphia's finest culinary and arts institutions, we host a series of free events each season to showcase the unparalleled talent of Curtis's prodigious young students, most of whom go on to perform at the highest professional level on the grandest stages across the globe. Where else in the world can you go to observe the next Lang Lang or Leonard Bernstein, while still in process of developing his or her musical voice? Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its students so you can be certain all of the funds raised through your Crescendo Club membership are used to help fund the world's finest musical education for these exceptional young students." Marija Ugrinich and Dean Vetsikas, Co-Chairs of the Crescendo Club Steering Committee



The Curtis Crescendo Club comprises members of the Friends of Curtis, age 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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:: Invitations to special networking events exclusively for the Crescendo Club

:: Invitation to Curtis's annual open house, which is a "behind the scene" chance to see Curtis students in rehearsals and coachings

:: Discounted tickets to Curtis orchestra and opera performances

:: A subscription to Overtones, Curtis's semi-annual magazine

:: Listing in the Crescendo Club section of Curtis orchestra and opera program books

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


Crescendo Club membership proceeds are recognized with the Crescendo Club Annual Fellowship, held this year by viola student, Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong.


Cabaret....Curtis Style!

duende with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Discount Crescendo Club ticket: $16.50*

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* Ticket price includes a free drink in SEI Innovation Studio. $10 ticket with $6.50 processing fee

7:30 p.m. - Reception at Volver with happy hour prices

9 p.m.duende performance in the Kimmel Center's SEI Innovation Studio

10:15 p.m. - After-party at Volver with happy hour prices

"with idea, sound, gesture, the duende delights in struggling freely with the creator at the edge of the pit." -Frederico Garcia Lorca

A 1920's-style atmosphere featuring song, dance, and cocktails with duende - a collective founded by Gabriel Cabezas (Cello '13), student composer Alyssa Weinberg, and dancer/choreographer Chloe Felesina with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble. This 70 minute program is anchored by Schoenberg’s hauntingly beautiful Pierrot Lunaire and also includes short pieces by Satie, Webern, a world premiere by Alyssa Weinberg, and more.


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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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