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A 'Cool. Classic. Curtis.' Evening of Music and Art

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The synergy between music and art comes alive at the fourth annual "Cool. Classic. Curtis." fundraising event to benefit the Curtis Student Assistance Fund, Saturday, April 10 at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street.

The party begins with cocktails and a dinner buffet that guests can enjoy as they peruse over fifty silent auction items. Art paired with music is the theme, and a short program follows that includes a musical performance in the school's Field Concert Hall and a live auction featuring a specially created work by internationally recognized artist Moe Brooker.

A week in Tuscany, a ski home in Vermont, a dinner for ten at the Prime Rib, and even a "Music to Your Ears" hearing aid are slated to be auctioned. Other contributing artists include Jeffrey Stockbridge, Charles Cushing, Ron Rumford, Maria Nevelson, Joe Barker, and Julia Stratton.

Following the program in Field Concert Hall, guests will depart to one of seven different homes and apartments in the Rittenhouse Square area for a dessert reception and intimate recital by Curtis students—the legends of tomorrow.

Penelope and Tom Watkins will be honored during the festivities. Longtime Curtis supporters, they will be recognized for their generosity to Curtis and their unwavering commitment to the school's mission. Ms. Watkins is a member of the Curtis Board of Trustees.

Subscriber tickets are $175 per person; patron tickets are $250 per person and include a cocktail party with entertainment on March 28 at a sumptuous Chestnut Hill home and garden. A new category of $75 tickets is open to members of the Crescendo Club, a group for friends of Curtis age forty and under. Crescendo Club participants will enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres at Le Bar Lyonnais followed by a stop at Curtis to bid on the silent and live auction. Their evening concludes with a dessert reception at a private home as well.

"Cool. Classic. Curtis." is chaired by Marian Robinson, a board member of the Friends of Curtis, which provides support for instructional and student assistance programs and works to increase the school's visibility as a cultural resource for the Philadelphia community. Curtis, one of the world's leading music schools, provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 159 students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. A Curtis education is tailored to the individual student with personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and frequent performance opportunities. This distinctive "learn by doing" approach to musical training has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber, to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, Leila Josefowicz, Lang Lang, and Time for Three.

To purchase tickets, or additional information contact Lisa Shepperson at (267) 238-5261 or

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