Welcome to the Keys for Curtis "piano pages." For the campaign, this piano has been named after the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the twenty-two composers selected to represent the deep heritage and diversity of classical music. Beethoven, who lived from 1770 to 1827, was the bridge between the Classical and Romantic eras in Classical music. He was born in Bonn, then moved to Vienna in his early twenties to study with Joseph Haydn. A virtuoso pianist, Beethoven wrote an extensive body of piano music, including thirty-two piano sonatas. A requirement of piano auditions at Curtis is the performance, from memory, of a sonata of Mozart or Beethoven sonata.
This Piano will be "Adopted" by a Curtis Student
One of the school's 165 students will "adopt" this new Steinway piano and serve as an ambassador and advocate for the Keys for Curtis campaign. You'll learn more about the student and the piano here on this web page in the months ahead.
About This Piano
- On September 8 and 9, 2010, members of the Curtis piano faculty visited the Steinway factory in Long Island and selected twenty-two new pianos needed when Curtis expands its campus to include Lenfest Hall.
- Steinway & Sons began building fine pianos in 1853. Handmade and built to last for generations, Steinway pianos are exceptional investments as well as superb musical instruments.
- Curtis has been an "All-Steinway School" since its founding in 1924 - one of nine conservatories, eighty colleges and unversities, and twenty-one other schools of distinction so designated.
- This piano, a new Steinway Model O grand, measures five feet ten inches in length. Like all Steinway's this new grand piano is an exceptional musical instrument, built of the finest materials to the highest quality standards.
- In July, 2011, the new "Beethoven" Steinway, #587800, was delived to Lenfest Hall and assigned to Room 401, the Doran Studio overlooking Locust Street behind the restored 1618 Locust Street facade.
You Can Help by Purchasing a Piano Key
- Make a gift of $50 for each piano key you would like to buy, then Curtis will place your name next to one of this piano's eighty-eight keys, listed below.
- Make a note of the key or keys you would like to select and the name of this piano (Beethoven). Then make your contribution online, or call the Curtis Development Office at (215) 893-5279. Just mention that you want to give to "Keys for Curtis."
- To thank you for helping Curtis purchase this new Steinway piano, we'll list your name below and send you a "Keys for Curtis" keychain!
THANK YOU for your gift to Curtis!
|A1#||14||Jocelyn Terranova, in honor of Robert Rodney Thompson|
|C3||28||Lee Laden, in memory of Steven Laden|
|C3#||29||Lee Laden, in memory of Steven Laden|
|D3||30||Lee Laden, in memory of Steven Laden|
|D3#||31||Lee Laden, in memory of Steven Laden|
|E3||32||Drew M. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden|
|F3||33||Laney Waddel-Laden, in memory of Steven Laden|
|F3#||34||Scott M. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden|
|G3||35||Meredith G. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden|
|G3#||36||Rebecca M. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden|
|A3||37||Sophie R. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden|
|A3#||38||David M. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden|
|B3||39||Emily A. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden|
|C4 - Middle C||40|
|E4||44||Howard & Bernice Levinson, in honor of the marriage of Elaine Sherman & Bob Cohan|
If you have questions or need additional information, please call the Curtis Development Office, (215) 893-5279 and mention "Keys for Curtis."