Curtis Crescendo Club

A note from our co-chairs

The Curtis Crescendo Club hosts a series of exclusive events each year to introduce Philadelphia's young professionals to  the myriad musical talents of Curtis students. Many of these students will soon shine on the world's biggest stages, following in the steps of Curtis alumni like Leonard Bernstein, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang. 

Since 1927, students have attended the Curtis Institute of Music tuition-free, allowing the school to attract the finest young musicians from around the world. To demonstrate our support, Crescendo Club members donate funds to support an annual fellowship for one of Curtis's incredible students. This year's Crescendo Club fellow is Joshua Halpern, an award-winning cellist from Dayton, Ohio, whose education we are thrilled to support.

We look forward to sharing the Curtis experience with you at an upcoming performance.

Eileen Murphy and C.J. Walsh III, co-chairs of the Crescendo Club Steering Committee

Join today with a contribution of $75 or more.

Upcoming Events

Brentano Quartet with Marina Piccinini, flute

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

5:30–7:30 p.m. Pre-performance gathering with complimentary appetizers and drink specials.
Misconduct Tavern, 1511 Locust Street

8 p.m. Performance
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street

Enjoy complimentary appetizers and drink specials at Misconduct Tavern with the Curtis Crescendo Club and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society's Young Friends followed by a performance by The Brentano Quartet.

“The Brentano Quartet…is something special. Their music making is private, delicate, and fresh, but by its very intimacy and importance it seizes attention” (New York Times). For over 25 years, the Brentanos have been pushing boundaries with their imaginative programming and dazzling virtuosity qualities that are sure to be enhanced in collaboration with the “incomparable” (Washington Post) flutist Marina Piccinini.

KERNIS                          Air for Flute and String Quartet (Philadelphia Premiere)
MOZART String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, "Dissonance"
MOZART Flute Quartet in C Major, K. 285b
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4



Curtis Crescendo Club enjoy $10 tickets using the link above.


Past Curtis Crescendo Club Events

Classics and Cocktails

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street

5:30–7:15 p.m. – Happy Hour Reception in Bonovitz Concourse
7:30–8:30 p.m. – Recital hosted by David Ludwig, Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Advisor to the President, in Gould Rehearsal Hall.
After-party immediately following at the Prime Rib, 1701 Locust Street

Thank you to our event sponsors The Prime Rib, Foley Family Wines, and Yuengling.


Curtis Opera Theatre presents Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street

5:30–6:15 p.m. – Meet and mingle in the Prince Theater lobby (Concessions will be open)
6:30–9:30 p.m. – Eugene Onegin Dress Rehearsal
After-party immediately following at Aqimero at the Ritz-Carlton, 10 Avenue Of The Arts

Contributing member event. 


Harold Robinson and Friends

Sunday, December 3, 2017

1–2:30 p.m. – Pre-concert gathering with Crescendo Club and PCMS Young Friends.
Amada, 217-219 Chestnut Street

3–5 p.m. – Harold Robinson and Friends 
Benjamin Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street

TBA                          Duos for double basses
SCHULHOFF Trio for Flute, Viola and Double Bass
PROKOFIEV Quintet, Op. 39


The Edge Effect: Composers and their Environmental Influences

Saturday, February 24, 2018

8 p.m. Performance, Gould Rehearsal Hall in Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street
After party immediately following performance with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar at Keen, 1708 Lombard Street

Join the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble as they present Arnold Schoenberg’s groundbreaking Pierrot Lunaire, an iconic 20th-century work that responded to turbulent times through words, music, and theater. David Ludwig, Chair of Composition Studies and director of the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, takes the audience through this extraordinary work. Learn more about the program here


Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman: A Quiet Place

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

6 p.m.  Pre-performance talk, Gould Rehearsal Hall in Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street
7:30 p.m.  A Quiet Place performance, Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Special reception immediately following performance, Volvér, 300 S. Broad Street

In partnership with VIVACE, the young professionals of Opera Philadelphia.

Composer, conductor, author, and music icon Leonard Bernstein's opera revisits the unhappy suburban family from Trouble in Tahiti thirty years later, only to find them reeling in the wake of tragedy. Unhappy memories and long-buried resentments surface, and the survivors have a choice: to hurt one another again—or to heal. Learn more about the opera here. Ticket includes the pre-performance talk, the performance, and an invitation to a special reception immediately following the performance.


Curtis Crescendo Club Steering Committee, 2017–18

C. J. Walsh III, co-chair
Eileen Murphy, co-chair
R. C. Atlee
Danielle Bourgeon
Christina Brus
Alice Anne Dolbin
Elizabeth Frey
Amanda P. Howell
Byron Kho
Kate Lambertsen
Filiz Leigh
Matthew Malinowski
Anna W. S. Matheson
Philippe Poirier
Marianna Tretiak
Marija Ugrinich
Dean Vetsikas
Alexandra von der Embse (Oboe '12)
Kai Xu


Anna Matheson, director of special events, (215) 717-3141