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Curtis Crescendo Club

Young Professionals Supporting Young Musicians

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Thank you all for a great fall semester! And thank you for keeping Curtis in mind this holiday season—there are many ways to support the school!

  • Purchase a membership for yourself or as a gift
  • Select Curtis as the beneficiary of support from Amazon when shopping on AmazonSmile
  • Purchase concert tickets or subscriptions (These also make great gifts. Hint: Members receive discounts!)
  • Spread the word by telling your friends to like our Facebook page or join our mailing list

Curtis is closed from December 20–January 4, but we will have a member of our team on site most days if you have questions about year-end giving at 215-893-5279. We must receive credit card gifts by 11:59 p.m. on 12/31 or mailed gifts must be postmarked 12/31 to count for your 2014 taxes.

Curtis has maintained its all-scholarship tradition for nearly 90 years thanks to our generous community of supporters. Thank you for being a part of it!

Please stay tuned...spring events schedule coming very soon!


The Curtis Crescendo Club (CCC), celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, 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


2014–15 EVENTS:

Spring events schedule coming soon...please stay tuned!


Past events:

90th Anniversary Open House (Friends of Curtis at the $75 and up levels)
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Sign in at either 1616 or 1726 Locust Street. Tour at your own pace from 5:30-7. We will repeat our popular scavenger hunt through which you will learn about Curtis and the 90th anniversary season as you tour our AV studio, organ studio, orchestra rehearsal, percussion coaching, vocal coaching, archival exhibit, library, and more! You must attend the post party at Misconduct starting at 7:30 to claim your prize...ranging from Curtis CDs to restaurant gift cards! RSVP required; bring a guest to get free tickets to a fall performance!

Classics and Cocktails (Free/no membership requirements, attendees strongly encouraged to consider joining the Friends of Curtis)
Thurday, November 6, 2014

6 p.m. - Pre-concert reception, Bok Room, 1726 Locust
7:30 p.m. - Concert hosted by faculty member David Ludwig, Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust
8:30 p.m. - Post-party at Jose Garces's Volver in the Kimmel Center, complimentary champagne toast and Happy Hour pricing

Thanks to our sponsors: Garces Group, WhistlePig Straight Rye, and Yards Brewing Company.

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Young Friends of Philadelphia Night with BalletX
Thursday, November 20, 2014, Wilma Theater

Guests enjoyed pre-performance and intermission receptions sponsored by Victory Brewing Company, and a stunning performance by BalletX featuring live music by Curtis alumni.

View photos here.

In C
Thursday, December 11, 2014, SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center

Curtis's quartet in residence, Aizuri Quartet and members of eighth blackbird perform Terry Riley's In C. SEI Innovation Studio transforms into a social, club-style lounge featuring an unconventional, up-close-and-personal take on classical music. Aizuri Quartet will curate a live, multimedia soundscape hearkening to 1964, featuring an "in the round" performance to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Terry Riley's groundbreaking minimalist composition. Tickets are $10, which includes all fees and one free themed drink.

Curtis Crescendo Club Steering Committee

Bobby Towcimak, Chair
Dean Vetsikas, Vice-Chair
R. C. Atlee
Trish Corvo
Susana L. Keller
Byron Kho
Anna W. S. Matheson
Eileen Murphy
Melissa Page
John Papianou, Founder
Pavel Petrash
Annie Ravert
Marija Ugrinich
Alexandra von der Embse (Oboe '12)


Amy Miller, director of institutional giving, (215) 717-3186

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