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Curtis Crescendo Club

Young Professionals Supporting Young Musicians

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You can purchase tickets at the door for Saturday's Music and Art Tour in Partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Young Friends. Join us on Saturday, April 18 at 1:45 p.m. for a tour of the collection with Museum Guides, a Music in the Galleries performance by Curtis violinists, and a coffee reception. Tickets are $10 or free for PMA Young Friends Members.

Check your mailboxes - invitations to Curtis's 90th-Anniversary Gala will be arriving soon! We are offering a special young friends ticket at $190/pp to this amazing event at the Bellevue on May 6. You will hear once-in-a-lifetime performances by Curtis students, faculty, and alumni including Rinat Shaham, Sarah Shafer, Grammy Award winner Jason Vieaux, and Time for Three - who will be sticking around for a special post-party.  Learn more and purchase tickets online—deadline extended to April 20.


The Curtis Crescendo Club (CCC), celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, comprises members of the Friends of Curtis, ages 40 and under, who enjoy special networking events and other benefits to get more involved at Curtis and in classical music in Philadelphia. Each year, the CCC hosts an annual networking event, Classics and Cocktails, and is hosted by a member of the Curtis faculty, who provides commentary about the music and Q & A with student performers.

"The Crescendo Club is special in that the people we attract come from very diverse backgrounds and professions. Some have a musical background, some don't -- but we're all inspired by the talent and enthusiasm of these young musicians. And our events are really fun; they mirror the energy and excitement of the students."  --John Papianou, Founder, Crescendo Club


The Curtis Crescendo Club comprises members of the Friends of Curtis, ages 40 and under, who enjoy special networking events and other benefits 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 for one year after making their membership gifts, including:

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::  Invitation to Annual Open House

::  50% off Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Curtis Opera Theatre subscriptions

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

::  And more, depending on the level of your gift



Music and Art Tour with Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Saturday, April 18, 1:45 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and the Parkway

Tickets are $10 (free for PMA Young Friends Members) and can be purchased at the door on Saturday prior to the event!

In a reprise of last year's hit event, the Crescendo Club is partnering again with PMA Young Friends for a tour of the museum collection, followed by a Music in the Galleries performance by Curtis violinists and a coffee reception.

Curtis 90th-Anniversary Gala
Wednesday, May 6, 6–10 p.m.
Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets
Tickets - $190—RSVP deadline extended to April 20

Curtis celebrates turning "90 years young" with a birthday party unlike any other, full of the vibrant artistry that makes Curtis truly unique. The gala evening will feature members of our celebrated faculty performing side-by-side with alumni and current students in a program designed especially for this occasion. Curtis alumni ensemble Time for Three, the self-described "classically trained garage band" recently featured on Dancing with the Stars, will bring down the house in a jam session. Young friends and Curtis alumni will be seated together and are invited to the post-party at XIX with Time for Three.

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Curtis Crescendo Club Steering Committee

Bobby Towcimak, Chair
Dean Vetsikas, Vice-Chair
R. C. Atlee
Trish Corvo
Susana L. Keller
Byron Kho
Anna W. S. Matheson
Andrew McCarthy
Eileen Murphy
Melissa Page
John Papianou, Founder
Pavel Petrash
Annie Ravert
Marija Ugrinich
Alexandra von der Embse (Oboe '12)


Amy Miller, director of institutional giving, (215) 717-3186

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