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Young Friends of Curtis



The Curtis Crescendo Club comprises members of the Friends of Curtis, age 40 and under, who enjoy special networking events and other opportunities 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, including:

:: Invitations to special networking events exclusively for the Crescendo Club

:: Invitation to Curtis Insider Events, 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

Crescendo Club membership proceeds are recognized with the Crescendo Club Annual Fellowship, held this year by cellist Joshua Halpern.



Classics and Cocktails
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

6 to 10 p.m.
Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street

This event is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist please email 

Event Details:

6 to 7:30 p.m. Pre-reception
Bok Room, 1726 Locust Street

7:30 p.m. Student Recital
Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street

Hosted by composition student Emily Cooley and Nick DiBeradino, with Curtis students performing a variety of music-from the classics to new music!

8:45 p.m. Post-Party
The Prime Rib, 1701 Locust Street

Classics and Cocktails is sponsored by Bodegas Ontañón Wines, The Prime Rib, and Yuengling. 


**Contributing Members Only Event**

Curtis Opera Theatre - The Rape of Lucretia Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street

Post-party directly following event

Tickets for members will be mailed in late October



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


Curtis Crescendo Club Steering Committee, 2016-17

Marija Ugrinich, co-chair
Dean Vetsikas, co-chair
R. C. Atlee
Diane Billas
Christina Brus
Elizabeth Ann Chegezy
Alice Anne Dolbin
Elizabeth Frey
Byron Kho
Matthew R. McCarrin
Anna W. S. Matheson
Eileen Murphy
Pavel Petrash
Kurt Souder
C. J. Walsh III
Erica Warburg
Alexandra von der Embse (Oboe '12)



Diane Billas, institutional giving officer, (215) 717-3184

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