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Curtis Crescendo Club

Young Professionals
Supporting Young Musicians


Our next event is the Year-End Thank You for Contributing Members on Friday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. at Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street. We'll start with an exclusive reception sponsored by the brand-new La Colombe Distillery and P.S. & Co., followed by recital with artist-in-residence Andres Díaz, who will perform Chinese music for cello and percussion ensemble including works by Tan Dun, Academy Award-winning composer of the score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Post party at Amis. RSVP or purchase/renew your Contributing Membership if you haven't yet.

Contributing Members: A reminder that one of your benefits is three free pairs of tickets to Curtis Symphony Orchestra concerts and Curtis Opera Theatre productions. We are sold-out of complimentary tickets for April 13, but if you have already reserved tickets, please join your fellow Contributing Members for a pre-concert gathering at Misconduct Tavern starting around 6:15 p.m. Tickets are still available for La Cenerentola (Cinderella) opera the first week of May. Reserve here.


The Curtis Crescendo Club (CCC) was launched in 2009 to energize the school's fan base and build support among a younger generation of classical music lovers in Philadelphia.

The CCC General Membership, more than six hundred strong, enjoys a wide variety of free events each year around Curtis performances. These events provide an introduction to classical music and to Curtis--a cultural gem in Philadelphia and a world-renowned conservatory.

Due to the CCC's rapid growth, a Contributing Membership option is now offered. Contributing Members deepen their commitment to Curtis by supporting the school's all-scholarship policy through their membership gifts and receive exclusive benefits in appreciation.

"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 enthusiasum 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


Join the Crescendo Club with an annual Contributing Membership gift of $75 or more.

Your membership gift supports Curtis's full-tuition scholarships for all students and entitles you to fantastic benefits for one year after making your gift:

::  A pair of free tickets to any three Curtis orchestra or opera performances, plus a 50% discount on unlimited additional single tickets - Reserve

::  Invitations to exclusive Contributing Members-only events

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

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

2013-14 EVENTS

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 say "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 will perform 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  La Colombe Distillery and P.S. & Co. Post party at Amis.

Stay tuned for event details and more information; event schedule complete as of 4/8/14 and subject to change. Questions? (215) 717-3102 or email.


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.

Curtis Crescendo Club Steering Committee

Bobby Towcimak, Chair
Dean Vetsikas, Vice-Chair
R. C. Atlee
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


Trish Furman Corvo, Patron Services Manager, (215) 717-3102
Amy Miller, Director of Institutional Relations, (215) 717-3186

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