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Martin Luther King Day Event: Curtis Visits South Philadelphia High School for a Musical Day of Service



Martin Luther King Day Event: The Curtis Institute of Music Partners with City Year and Wells Fargo for a Musical Day of Service at South Philadelphia High School 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Students, faculty, and staff from the Curtis Institute of Music will participate in an MLK day of service at South Philadelphia High School, helping to rebuild the school’s music program, in partnership with City Year Philadelphia and Wells Fargo. 

WHEN: Monday, January 19
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cleaning, painting, organizing music room
1:30 to 2 p.m. Curtis Brass Ensemble performance

WHERE: South Philadelphia High School
2101 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia

WHAT: Students, faculty, and staff from the Curtis Institute of Music take part in a day of service at South Philadelphia High School. The school historically had a flourishing music program with well-known alumni such as Marian Anderson, Mario Lanza, Chubby Checker, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. But today, they have no music program at all. In preparation for rebuilding the program in the future, Curtis community members will help to revitalize the school’s music room by cleaning, painting, and organizing materials in partnership with members of the South Philadelphia High School community, City Year team members in residence at South Philly High School, and with financial and volunteer support from Wells Fargo. At the end of the day, the Curtis Brass Ensemble will perform a brief program of musical pieces led by Paul Bryan (Trombone ’93), Dean of Faculty and Students at Curtis, interspersed with remarks from students at South Philadelphia High School and an audio clip of one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s well-known speeches.

About the Curtis Institute of Music
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians from Philadelphia and around the globe for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world’s leading music schools, Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 175 students, ensuring that admission is based solely on artistic promise.

About City Year Philadelphia
City Year is a non-profit youth service organization that unites a diverse corps of 17-24 year olds in a year of full-time community service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world.  As tutors, mentors, and role models, City Year corps members make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods across the United States and in South Africa.  City Year Philadelphia, founded in 1997, is one of the first and largest City Year sites, with 255 AmeriCorps members serving in 19 schools.


More information:
Day-of contact at the school: Abla Hamza, Curtis Institute of Music, cell: (215) 313-3499

Jennifer Kallend, Curtis Institute of Music
office: (215) 717-3190, cell: (215) 622-6195,

Laurie Backall, City Year Philadelphia
office (267) 386-7037, cell: (267) 736-0089, 

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