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Curtis Crescendo Club

Young Professionals Supporting Young Musicians

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NEWS

Curtis Crescendo Club will participate in two upcoming young friends networking events. Please stop by our displays at these events to learn about our spring events schedule (listed below, with more details coming soon)!

Young Professionals Across Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 28, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th and the Parkway
Tickets $5, reservations required (free for PMA Young Friends members)

Looking to meet young professionals groups in Philadelphia committed to arts, culture, philanthropy and service? Join the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and United Way’s Project NEXT for this networking event designed to connect those dedicated to making a difference in our city. Program includes Museum admission and a cash bar on the East Balcony. To follow the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #YPacrossPhilly.

Young Professionals Party
Friday, February 6, 6:30-9 p.m.
InLiquid, 1400 North American Street
Tickets $5 in advance, $10 at the door and include a drink ticket

A special, high-profile preview cocktail reception and networking event for young professional leaders in the Philadelphia area. Guests to this event will be among the first to view and place advance bids on InLiquid's artwork and other items being offered for the benefit auction. More importantly for the attendees, this event offers a rare chance for members of various young professional groups to meet, mingle, and network.

Full spring events schedule is below!


ABOUT THE CRESCENDO CLUB

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


Membership

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
 


EVENTS

2014–15 EVENTS:

Young Professionals Across Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 28, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th and the Parkway
Tickets $5, reservations required (free for PMA Young Friends members)

Looking to meet young professionals groups in Philadelphia committed to arts, culture, philanthropy and service? Join the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and United Way’s Project NEXT for this networking event designed to connect those dedicated to making a difference in our city. Program includes Museum admission and a cash bar on the East Balcony. To follow the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #YPacrossPhilly.

Young Professionals Party
Friday, February 6, 6:30-9 p.m.
InLiquid, 1400 North American Street
Tickets $5 in advance, $10 at the door and include a drink ticket

A special, high-profile preview cocktail reception and networking event for young professional leaders in the Philadelphia area. Guests to this event will be among the first to view and place advance bids on InLiquid's artwork and other items being offered for the benefit auction. More importantly for the attendees, this event offers a rare chance for members of various young professional groups to meet, mingle, and network.

Friday Night at Curtis!
Friday, February 20, 6-9:30 p.m.
Curtis Institute of Music Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street and Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street
Free, RSVP required - space is limited!

Pre-concert reception and raffle featuring great prizes in Lenfest Hall's Locks Board Room, 1616 Locust; Student Recital in Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street, with music for strings, flute, and piano by Chopin, Shostakovich, Sibelius, and Curtis's own Jennifer Higdon.

Ensemble39 - "still life with music"
Friday, March 6, 8 p.m.
FringeArts, 140 North Columbus Boulevard
Tickets $15

Ensemble39 is an ensemble of young classical musicians and Curtis Institute graduates who embrace a wide spectrum of new music. The program includes Children of the Fire by Curtis alumna Gabriella Smith; Bone Chinoiserie and the Alabastard Cowboy by Vin Calianno, with an original film accompaniment; and still life with music by Curtis student Ted Babcock.

Music and Art Tour with Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Saturday, April 18, time TBD
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th and the Parkway
Ticket Link coming soon - please save the date!

A reprise of last year's hit event, we are partnering again with PMA Young Friends for a pre-event mixer (TBD), followed by a music-themed tour of the museum collection. The tour will conclude at the Music and the Galleries performance by Curtis students.

90th Anniversary Gala
Wednesday, May 6, 6–10 p.m.
Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets
Ticket Link coming soon - please save the date!

Curtis celebrates turning "90 years young" with a birthday party host  unlike any other, full of the vibrant artistry that makes Curtis truly unique. The gala evening will feature members of our celebrated faculty performing side-by-side with alumni and current students in a program designed especially for this occasion. Curtis alumni ensemble Time for Three, the self-described "classically trained garage band" recently featured on Dancing with the Stars, will bring down the house in a jam session. Young friends and Curtis alumni will be seated together and are invited to the post-party at XIX with Time for Three.

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)


Contact

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

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