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. 

Since 1927, students have attended the Curtis Institute of Music tuition-free, allowing the school to attract the finest young musicians from around the world. To demonstrate their support, Crescendo Club members donate funds to support an annual fellowship for one of Curtis's incredible students. The current Crescendo Club fellow is Joshua Halpern, an award-winning cellist from Dayton, Ohio, whose education we are thrilled to support.

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

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

Join today with a contribution of $100 or more.



Upcoming Curtis Crescendo Club Events 

Classics and Cocktails

Thursday, November 8, 2018
6:00 –10:00 p.m.
Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Complimentary Happy Hour
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Recital
After party to follow

Join fellow young professionals for our 8th Annual Classics and Cocktails! Mix and mingle with other classical music lovers as the Curtis Crescendo Club takes over the historic main building at 1726 Locust Street.

The evening kicks off with a complimentary happy hour from 6 to 7:30 p.m., featuring beer and hand-selected wine from Foley Family Wines. Then, join us for a special recital, curated for the Crescendo Club by David Ludwig, Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Advisor to the President. An after party follows with complimentary snacks and a cash bar.

Last year's event sold out, so don't wait—get your tickets today!


$20 for non-members
Free for Crescendo Club contributing members

Limited time offer: Enjoy special early bird pricing, just $10 per ticket using promo code: CRESCENDO

Thank you to our event sponsor Foley Family Wines.


Past Curtis Crescendo Club Events

Curtis Opera Theatre presents: Trouble in Paradise Dress Rehearsal

HENRY PURCELL Dido and Aeneas

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

5:30 p.m. – Meet and mingle in the Prince Theater lobby
6:10 p.m. – Pre-opera talk by Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre 
6:30–9:30 p.m. – Trouble in Paradise Dress Rehearsal

As a contributing Crescendo Club member, you are invited to join us for this special look behind the scenes. Trouble in Paradise is a pairing of Bernstein’s jazz-inflected Trouble in Tahiti—also the prequel to last season's A Quiet Place—and Purcell’s regal Dido and Aeneas. This is your opportunity to preview the opera before it opens to the public!

Arrive at 5:30 p.m. to mix and mingle with fellow Crescendo Club members. Your first beverage is on us and additional concessions will be available for purchase. Then enjoy a pre-rehearsal talk from Mikael Eliasen, who will detail the artistic vision behind pairing these two works and discuss the preparations of a Curtis Opera Theatre production, before enjoying the dress rehearsal.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street

5:30–7:15 p.m. – Happy Hour Reception in Bonovitz Concourse
7:30–8:30 p.m. – Recital hosted by David Ludwig, Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Advisor to the President, in Gould Rehearsal Hall.
After-party immediately following at the Prime Rib, 1701 Locust Street

Thank you to our event sponsors The Prime Rib, Foley Family Wines, and Yuengling.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street

5:30–6:15 p.m. – Meet and mingle in the Prince Theater lobby (Concessions will be open)
6:30–9:30 p.m. – Eugene Onegin Dress Rehearsal
After-party immediately following at Aqimero at the Ritz-Carlton, 10 Avenue Of The Arts

Contributing member event.

Harold Robinson and Friends

Sunday, December 3, 2017

1–2:30 p.m. – Pre-concert gathering with Crescendo Club and PCMS Young Friends.
Amada, 217-219 Chestnut Street

3–5 p.m. – Harold Robinson and Friends 
Benjamin Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street

TBA                          Duos for double basses
SCHULHOFF Trio for Flute, Viola and Double Bass
PROKOFIEV Quintet, Op. 39

Saturday, February 24, 2018

8 p.m. Performance, Gould Rehearsal Hall in Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street
After party immediately following performance with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar at Keen, 1708 Lombard Street

Join the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble as they present Arnold Schoenberg’s groundbreaking Pierrot Lunaire, an iconic 20th-century work that responded to turbulent times through words, music, and theater. David Ludwig, Chair of Composition Studies and director of the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, takes the audience through this extraordinary work. Learn more about the program here.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

6 p.m.  Pre-performance talk, Gould Rehearsal Hall in Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street
7:30 p.m.  A Quiet Place performance, Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Special reception immediately following performance, Volvér, 300 S. Broad Street

In partnership with VIVACE, the young professionals of Opera Philadelphia.

Composer, conductor, author, and music icon Leonard Bernstein's opera revisits the unhappy suburban family from Trouble in Tahiti thirty years later, only to find them reeling in the wake of tragedy. Unhappy memories and long-buried resentments surface, and the survivors have a choice: to hurt one another again—or to heal. Learn more about the opera here. Ticket includes the pre-performance talk, the performance, and an invitation to a special reception immediately following the performance.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

5:30–7:30 p.m. Pre-performance gathering with complimentary appetizers and drink specials.
Misconduct Tavern, 1511 Locust Street

8 p.m. Performance
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street

Enjoy complimentary appetizers and drink specials at Misconduct Tavern with the Curtis Crescendo Club and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society's Young Friends followed by a performance by The Brentano Quartet.


KERNIS                          Air for Flute and String Quartet (Philadelphia Premiere)
MOZART String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, "Dissonance"
MOZART Flute Quartet in C Major, K. 285b
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4

Friday, May 11, 2018
1726 Locust Street

6–7:30 p.m. - Reception
8–9:30 p.m. - Honors Recital

Join us for a celebratory reception with our loyal contributing members. Mix and mingle over drinks and hors d’oeuvres followed by the annual Honors Recital. This special recital—the final performance of the school year—features a curated line-up of encore performances from the season.



Curtis Crescendo Club Steering Committee, 2018–19

C. J. Walsh III, co-chair
Eileen Murphy, co-chair
R. C. Atlee
Danielle Bourgeon
Christina Brus
Alice Anne Dolbin
Elizabeth Frey
Amanda P. Howell
Byron Kho
Kate Lambertsen
Filiz Leigh
Matthew Malinowski
Kelly McFarland
Philippe Poirier
Marianna Tretiak
Marija Ugrinich
Dean Vetsikas
Alexandra von der Embse (Oboe '12)
Kai Xu


Filiz Leigh, associate director of individual giving, (215) 717-3131