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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, where all students 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 the 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, a chance to see Curtis students "behind the scenes" 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.


Friday, February 5, 2016
Members-only reception before Curtis student pianist George Fu’s Graduation Recital.

6:30 p.m. - Pre-concert reception - Bok Room, 1726 Locust Street
8 p.m. - George Fu Graduation Recital - Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street

Free | Register


Thursday, March 24, 2016
Classics and Company with David Ludwig, Gie and Lisa Liem Dean of Artistic Programs and Performances

6 p.m. - Pre-concert reception - Bonovitz Concourse, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street
Enjoy appetizers, wine, beer, and charismatic company! There will also be a raffle to win great prizes, such as tickets to a Mann Center concert, a Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert, and more!

7:30 p.m. - Private recital - Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street
Experience a specially curated and interactive recital, hosted by David Ludwig. David will introduce each student performing and provide further insight into each piece on the program--which will include a wide variety of genres, from the classics to new music!

Cost $20 | Register

Registration fee includes five raffle tickets. A portion of the proceeds will go directly towards the Crescendo Club Fellowship, which supports a full-tuition scholarship for Curtis viola student, Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong


Friday, May 6, 2016
Amadeus Affair
Kimmel Center
5 p.m. Cocktails and dinner
8 p.m. Le nozze di Figaro
More information can be found here

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Crescendo Club Fellow Rimbo Wong's Graduation Recital
3 p.m.
1726 Locust Street

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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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