Welcome to the Keys for Curtis "piano pages." For the campaign, this piano has been named after composer Felix Mendelssohn, one of the twenty-two composers selected to represent the deep heritage and diversity of classical music. Mendelssohn, who lived from 1809 to 1847, was a German composer, conductor and soloist of the early Romantic period. His conservative musical tastes set him apart from his more adventurous musical contemporaries. In the 1840s, Mendelssohn founded the Leipsig Conservatory, where he also taught piano and composition. His work includes symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano and chamber music.
This Piano will be "Adopted" by a Curtis Student
One of the school's 165 students will "adopt" this new Steinway piano and serve as an ambassador and advocate for the Keys for Curtis campaign. You'll learn more about the student and the piano here on this web page in the months ahead.
About This Piano
- On September 8 and 9, 2010, members of the Curtis piano faculty visited the Steinway factory in Long Island and selected twenty-two new pianos needed when Curtis expands its campus to include Lenfest Hall.
- Steinway & Sons began building fine pianos in 1853. Handmade and built to last for generations, Steinway pianos are exceptional investments as well as superb musical instruments.
- Curtis has been an "All-Steinway School" since its founding in 1924 - one of nine conservatories, eighty colleges and unversities, and twenty-one other schools of distinction so designated.
- This piano, one of the school's seven new Steinway Model O grand pianos, measures five feet ten and three-quarters inches in length. Like all Steinway's this new grand piano is an exceptional musical instrument, built of the finest materials to the highest quality standards.
- In July, 2011, the "Mendelssohn" Steinway, #587989, was delivered to Lenfest Hall and assigne dto Room 318, one of the school's new teaching studios.
You Can Help by Purchasing a Piano Key
- Make a gift of $50 for each piano key you would like to buy, then Curtis will place your name next to one of this piano's eighty-eight keys, listed below.
- Make a note of the key or keys you would like to select and the name of this piano (Mendelssohn). Then make your contribution online, or call the Curtis Development Office at (215) 717-3126. Just mention that you want to give to "Keys for Curtis."
- To thank you for helping Curtis purchase this new Steinway piano, we'll send you a "Keys for Curtis" keychain!
THANK YOU for your gift to Curtis!
|A3#||38||Matthew F. McDonald, in honor of the Bassoon Studio|
|C4 - Middle C||40||Sunga and Roc Families, in memory of Vivienne Kessissoglu Bono|
If you have questions or need additional information, please call the Curtis Development Office, (215) 893-5279 and mention "Keys for Curtis."