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Curtis Crescendo Club

Young Professionals Supporting Young Musicians

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Thank you for a great 2013-14 season! Please save-the-date for our Open House for Friends of Curtis at the Player's Circle ($75) and higher on October 1, 2014. Also, please stay tuned to this page and our Facebook for other upcoming event announcements.

On Wednesday, July 23, 8:00 p.m., self-described "classical garage band" alumni ensemble Time for Three performs upstairs at World Cafe Live Philadelphia. Many of you enjoyed their recital at Curtis back in 2010, so we hope you will support them on this return trip to Philly!

The Academy of Vocal Arts is launching its young professionals group and is pleased to offer the Curtis Crescendo Club a $5 discount on tickets to the kick-off event on Friday, July 25. Tickets are available here; use promo code SUMMER2014.

On Friday, August 1, 8:00 p.m., recent alumna Eunice Kim (Violin '14) will make her Philadelphia Orchestra debut at a free concert at the Mann Music Center.


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, which is free and open to the public 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, Founding Chair, Crescendo Club


Friends of Curtis, starting at the Player's Circle level of $75, who are also part of the Crescendo Club under-40 age group, support Curtis's full-tuition scholarships for all students and enjoy fantastic benefits for one year after making their gift:

::  Invitation to Open House, October 1, 2014

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

::  Invitations to special networking events

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


Thank you for a great 2013-14 season! Stay tuned to this page and our Facebook for upcoming event announcements.


Open House (Contributing Members Only)
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
5:30 p.m. Registration, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St. OR Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust St.
7:00 p.m. Happy Hour, Misconduct Tavern

Guests sat in on rehearsals, toured our state-of-the-art audio-visual studio, viewed an archival exhibition, and participated in the "Scavenger Hunt" Q&A to compete for a $50 R2L gift card.

Classics and Cocktails (General Members)
Thurday, November 7, 2013
6:00 p.m., Curtis Institute Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust St.

The Crescendo Club's signature event included a pre-concert reception in the new Lenfest Hall overlooking historic St. Mark's Church, followed by a performance in-the-round in Gould Rehearsal Hall featuring Curtis musicians in a hosted program inspired by Curtis's 2013-14 theme exploring Russia's influence on arts and culture, and post-party at The Coffee Bar.

Young Professionals Across Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
6:30 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th and the Parkway

The Crescendo Club was proud to partner with the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other young professionals' groups across the city for this networking and information session.

Friday Night at Curtis (General Members)
Friday, January 31, 2014
6:00 p.m., Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St.

Nearly one hundred guests enjoyed a complimentary pre-concert reception in the elegant Bok Room, followed by astudent recital and after-party at Sofitel. Thanks to event sponsors Ontanan Wines and Victory Brewing.  View photos from the event here.

Dialogues of the Carmelites Open Dress Rehearsal (Contributing Members Only)
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
6:00 p.m., Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Sts.

No one is immune from France's Reign of Terror--not even a humble order of Carmelite nuns. Poulenc's powerful opera inspired by historical events is a tale of sisterhood, inner strength, and most of all, faith. Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in French with English supertitles. Contributing Members had the exclusive opportunity to attend the final dress rehearsal of this sold-out production, presented in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia.

Music in the Galleries: Four Score and Six (General Members)
Saturday, March 22, 2014
2:00 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Crescendo Club was pleased to partner with the PMA Young Friends for this event. Guests enjoyed a music and art themed tour of the collection, followed by a performance of Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint for electric guitar and tape in the India Historic Temple room and post party at London Grill. View photos here.

Midweek Divertimento (General Members)
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
6:00 p.m., Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St.

“Divertimento” was a term used in the 18th century to describe music that accompanied a social occasion, often a banquet. Guests enjoyed a pre-concert reception sponsored by Victory Brewing Company, with remarks by Curtis faculty members David Ludwig and Mikael Eliasen; and nine world premiere songs by alumni who studied with faculty emeritus Ned Rorem.  Act III of Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen finished the concert.  Photos are on Facebook.

Year-End Thank You (Contributing Members Only)
Friday, April 25, 2014
6:00 p.m., Curtis Institute of Music Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust St.

We said "thank you" for another year of your support at an exclusive reception for Contributing Members, followed by recital with artist-in-residence Andres Diaz, who performed Chinese music for cello and percussion ensemble including works by Tan Dun, Academy Award-winning composer of the score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Thanks to event sponsors Di Bruno Bros., La Colombe Distillery, The Prime Rib, P.S. & Co., and Victory Brewing Company. View photos here.

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
Melissa Page
John Papianou, Founder
Pavel Petrash
Marija Ugrinich
Alexandra von der Embse (Oboe '12)
Charles J. Walsh III


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

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