2019 Gala

Join the Curtis Institute of Music for our largest annual fundraising event of the year on Friday, April 12 at the Barnes Foundation. This year, Curtis welcomes Eric Owens (’95) and Danielle Orlando in their new leadership roles with the Vocal Studies Department and Curtis Opera Theatre.



Read About Past Galas

On Sunday, April 29, 2018 we paid tribute to Joseph and Marie Field at our Annual Gala at the The Bellevue Hotel. The evening concluded with an exhilarating Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts featuring conductor Karina Canellakis (Violin ’04), soprano Amanda Majeski (Opera ’09), and conducting fellow Carlos Ágreda. 

2018 Gala Leadership


John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick

Honorary Chairs

The Mary Louise Curtis Bok Foundation
Board of Directors

2017 Annual Gala

Curtis gratefully acknowledges the generous supporters of the 2017 gala, which was held on Sunday, May 7 at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. Chaired by Betty and Jim Matarese, the evening offered an opportunity to highlight Curtis on Tour, its purpose, and plans for its future. Over 250 people were in attendance and $500,000 was raised to support Curtis. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and three-course dinner followed by an orchestra performance that highlighted repertoire from the momentous 2017 European tour of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. The concert included Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. Osmo Vänskä led the program, assisted by conducting fellow Conner Gray Covington (’17), and Peter Serkin (’64) was the piano soloist.

View photos from last year’s gala.