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Curtis Crescendo Club

Young Professionals Supporting Young Musicians

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Thank you to those who braved the cold to attend Friday Night at Curtis! on 2/20. Our 68 guests helped us raise more than $1,000 through our raffle. Following the pre-concert reception, attendees enjoyed our student recital with works by Lalo, Chopin, Sibelius, and Curtis alumna and faculty member Jennifer Higdon.

We look forward to seeing you at another event this spring!


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



Ensemble39 "still life with music"

Friday, March 6, 8 p.m.
FringeArts, 140 North Columbus Blvd.
Tickets $15

Ensemble39 is an ensemble of young classical musicians and Curtis Institute of Music graduates who embrace a wide spectrum of new music. The program includes Children of the Fire by Curtis alumna Gabriella Smith; Bone Chinoiserie and the Alabastard Cowboy by Vin Calianno, with an original film accompaniment; and still life with music by Curtis student Ted Babcock.

Music and Art Tour with Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Saturday, April 18, time TBD
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and the Parkway
Ticket link to come—please save the date!

In a reprise of last year's hit event, the Crescendo Club is partnering again with PMA Young Friends for a pre-event mixer (location and time TBD), followed by a music-themed tour of the museum collection. The tour will conclude with a Music in the Galleries performance by Curtis students.

Curtis 90th-Anniversary Gala
Wednesday, May 6, 6–10 p.m.
Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets
Tickets $190

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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