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Cool. Classic. Curtis. Sings! on March 3

Silent Auction, Dinner, and Song—from Broadway to Opera—at the Curtis Institute of Music's Magnificent New Lenfest Hall

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(February 28, 2012) One of Philadelphia's favorite parties is back: on Saturday, March 3, the Curtis Institute of Music holds its sixth annual Cool. Classic. Curtis. fundraiser to benefit the Student Assistance Fund. The gala cabaret party takes place at the magnificent Lenfest Hall, the school's new 105,000-square-foot campus expansion on Locust Street.

Cool. Classic. Curtis. Sings! begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction that includes exotic vacation getaways, a paella dinner for eight created by Curtis President Roberto Díaz, and an Essex piano by Steinway & Sons. At 7 p.m. guests enjoy dinner and song, from opera to Broadway, with many pieces composed by Curtis graduates such as Leonard Bernstein ('41) and Samuel Barber ('34) in honor of the Appassionato season.

Get a preview of the items up for auction and place bids at The auction will be open for online bidding through March 2 at 8 p.m. EST. Bidding will continue on some items at Cool. Classic. Curtis. Sings! on March 3.

Cool. Classic. Curtis. Sings! is hosted by 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. Barbara Oaks Silver, Esq. is the event chair for Cool. Classic. Curtis. Sings! and Mary Ellen Schneider is the vice chair. Longtime Curtis supporters Al and Nancy Hirsig will be honored during the festivities.

To purchase tickets or for additional information, contact Anne Marie Frohnmayer at (215) 717-3185 or

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 163 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Jonathan Biss, Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.

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