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 leading stages, following in the steps of Curtis alumni like Leonard Bernstein, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang. 

To demonstrate their support, Crescendo Club members donate funds to support an annual fellowship for a Curtis student. The current Crescendo Club Annual Fellow is Andrew Moore, an award-winning bass-baritone from Point Pleasant, N.J., whose education we are thrilled to support.

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

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

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Upcoming Events

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Crescendo Club – Night at the Opera

The Barber of Seville

Friday, November 22

5:30 p.m. Pre-performance gathering at Libertine (261 S 13th St.)

7:30 p.m. Performance at the Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Mix and mingle with fellow young professionals at a pre-concert happy hour at Libertine starting at 5:30 p.m.! Cash bar.

Afterwards, we will all head over to the Kimmel Center for a performance of The Barber of Seville by the Curtis Opera Theatre!

Remember to use the code CRESCENDO to receive a 20% discount on your tickets.

Curtis 20/21 Ensemble: Portrait of Bright Sheng

Saturday, December 7 at Field Concert Hall

7:30 p.m. Pre-show lecture hosted by David Ludwig

8 p.m.. Performance 

On Saturday December 7, join fellow young professionals for an evening of music by Bright Sheng, composer in residence at Curtis this year. Bright Sheng is a Guggenheim and MacArthur award-winning composer whose music is performed regularly throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Vera Quartet and Roberto Díaz with PCMS

Thursday, December 12

7:30 p.m. at the American Philosophical Society

$10 tickets for Crescendo Club

Curtis’s string quartet in residence, the Vera Quartet, has earned top prizes at several competitions and is currently on the Astral Artists roster. Their Philadelphia Chamber Music Society debut also features esteemed violist and Curtis President Roberto Díaz.

Join fellow young professionals for a special evening that showcases Felix Mendelssohn’s late masterpiece, the String Quintet in B-flat major.


Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 33 (“The Joke”)

Richard Brodhead: World Premiere/PCMS Commission

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 87

Crescendo Club Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 17 at Yule Lodge (Pop-up Bar), Butcher Bar (2034 Chestnut Street)

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Ticket: $25 – Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

Cozy up around the fireplace with Crescendo Club this holiday season! Join us at the new Yule Lodge (patio at Butcher Bar) to sip on seasonal cocktails and mingle with fellow young professionals and music lovers.


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Classics and Cocktails – An Evening with Curtis Crescendo Club Fellow Andrew Moore

Thursday, January 23 at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia (215 S 16th St.)

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

$25 for members, $100 for non-members

Join fellow young professionals for our signature event, Classics and Cocktails, as we celebrate our new fellow, Curtis opera student Andrew Moore!

Andrew was a member of the apprentice program at the Santa Fe Opera in 2019 and a finalist in the New Jersey State Opera Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition in 2017. He has performed and recorded an album as the baritone soloist in Fauré’s Requiem with the New Jersey Chamber Singers.

Enjoy cocktails and canzonetti as we kick off the New Year!

Curtis Symphony Orchestra: Biss Plays Beethoven

Friday, January 31

6 p.m. Pre-show happy hour at Del Friscos Grill (225 S Broad St., cash bar)

8 p.m. Performance at the Merriam Theater

Mix and mingle with fellow young professionals for a pre-concert Happy Hour at Del Friscos Grille starting at 6 p.m.!

Afterwards, we will all head over to the Merriam Theater for a concert by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra featuring world renowned pianist and Curtis faculty member Jonathan Biss.

Remember to use the code CRESCENDO to receive a 20% discount on your tickets.




Curtis Crescendo Club Steering Committee, 2019–20

C. J. Walsh III, co-chair
Elizabeth Frey, co-chair
Sara A. Aliabadi
Danielle Bourgeon
Christina Brus
Alice Anne Dolbin
Byron Kho
Kelly McFarland
Nicholas McNamara
Eileen Murphy
Rene Orth (Composition ’16)
Philippe Poirier
Clint Walker
Erica Warburg
Jason Ward
Kai Xu

Advisory Members

R. C. Atlee
Marija Ugrinich
Dean Vetsikas



Jason Ward, Director of Constituent Engagement, (215) 717-3128 or