Curtis Crescendo Club
Just posted! View photos from Friday Night at Curtis. Thank you to the nearly one hundred guests who attended the sold-out event on January 31. The evening included a pre-concert reception sponsored by Ontanan Wines and Victory Brewing; a student recital of violin showpieces by Prokofiev, Ravel, and Kreisler; and a post-party at the Sofitel.
Our next event is for our Contributing Members: Curtis Opera Theatre dress rehearsal of Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites on Tuesday, March 4. Please consider purchasing or renewing your Contributing Membership to get an invitation to this event -- and other great benefits throughout the year.
Date change: Friday Night at Curtis on March 28, has been moved to Wednesday, March 26 at 6 p.m.
The Curtis Crescendo Club (CCC) was launched in 2009 to energize the school's fan base and build support among a younger generation of classical music lovers in Philadelphia.
The CCC General Membership, more than six hundred strong, enjoys a wide variety of free events each year around Curtis performances. These events provide an introduction to classical music and to Curtis--a cultural gem in Philadelphia and a world-renowned conservatory.
Due to the CCC's rapid growth, a Contributing Membership option is now offered. Contributing Members deepen their commitment to Curtis by supporting the school's all-scholarship policy through their membership gifts and receive exclusive benefits in appreciation.
"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 enthusiasum of these young musicians. And our events are really fun; they mirror the energy and excitement of the students." --John Papianou, Founding Chair, Crescendo Club
Join the Crescendo Club with an annual Contributing Membership gift of $75 or more.
Your membership gift supports Curtis's full-tuition scholarships for all students and entitles you to fantastic benefits for one year after making your gift:
:: A pair of free tickets to any three Curtis orchestra or opera performances, plus a 50% discount on unlimited additional single tickets - Reserve
:: Invitations to exclusive Contributing Members-only events
:: A subscription to Overtones, Curtis's semi-annual magazine
:: Listing in the Crescendo Club section of Curtis orchestra and opera program books
Dialogues of the Carmelites Open Dress Rehearsal (Contributing Members Only)
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
6:00 p.m., Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Sts.
No one is immune from France's Reign of Terror--not even a humble order of Carmelite nuns. Poulenc's powerful opera inspired by historical events is a tale of sisterhood, inner strength, and most of all, faith. Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in French with English supertitles. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to attend the final dress rehearsal of this sold-out production, presented in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia.
Music in the Galleries: Four Score and Six (General Members)
Saturday, March 22, 2014
2:00 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art
Tickets: (215) 235-7469 and use promo code YPFRIEND
The Crescendo Club is pleased to partner with the PMA Young Friends for this event. A museum educator will lead guests on a music and art-themed tour of the collection, culminating in the 3:00 performance of Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint for electric guitar and tape in the Pillared Temple Hall, c. 1550, India historic room. Post-performance cocktail hour TBD. Thanks to the PMA for offering the discounted $12 admission fee.
Midweek Divertimento (General Membership)
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - New date!
6:00 p.m., Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St.
“Divertimento” was a term used in the 18th century to describe music that accompanied a social occasion, often a banquet. Come join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and hear great classical music performed by gifted young performers, as we carry on this 18th- century tradition with our Midweek Divertimento!
Year-End Thank You (Contributing Members Only)
Friday, April 25, 2014
6:00 p.m., Curtis Institute of Music Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust St.
We say "thank you" for another year of your support at an exclusive reception for Contributing Members, followed by recital with artist-in-residence Andres Diaz, who will perform Chinese music for cello and percussion ensemble including works by Tan Dun, Academy Award-winning composer of the score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Thanks to event sponsor La Colombe Distillery.
Stay tuned for event details and more information; event schedule complete as of 2/27/14 and subject to change. Questions? (215) 717-3102 or email.
Open House (Contributing Members Only)
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
5:30 p.m. Registration, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St. OR Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust St.
7:00 p.m. Happy Hour, Misconduct Tavern
Guests sat in on rehearsals, toured our state-of-the-art audio-visual studio, viewed an archival exhibition, and participated in the "Scavenger Hunt" Q&A to compete for a $50 R2L gift card.
Classics and Cocktails (General Members)
Thurday, November 7, 2013
6:00 p.m., Curtis Institute Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust St.
The Crescendo Club's signature event included a pre-concert reception in the new Lenfest Hall overlooking historic St. Mark's Church, followed by a performance in-the-round in Gould Rehearsal Hall featuring Curtis musicians in a hosted program inspired by Curtis's 2013-14 theme exploring Russia's influence on arts and culture, and post-party at The Coffee Bar.
Young Professionals Across Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
6:30 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th and the Parkway
The Crescendo Club was proud to partner with the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other young professionals' groups across the city for this networking and information session.
Friday Night at Curtis (General Members)
Friday, January 31, 2014
6:00 p.m., Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St.
Nearly one hundred guests enjoyed a complimentary pre-concert reception in the elegant Bok Room, followed by astudent recital and after-party at Sofitel. Thanks to event sponsors Ontanan Wines and Victory Brewing. View photos from the event here.
Bobby Towcimak, Chair
Dean Vetsikas, Vice-Chair
R. C. Atlee
Susana L. Keller
Anna W.S. Matheson
John Papianou, Founder
Alexandra von der Embse (Oboe '12)
Charles J. Walsh III
Trish Furman Corvo, Patron Services Manager, (215) 717-3102
Amy Miller, Director of Institutional Relations, (215) 717-3186