Friday, November 21, 2014
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Curtis Institute Meets Challenge

With board chairman H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest acting as a powerful catalyst, the Curtis Institute of Music has raised $65 million for a Locust Street expansion.

 Funds now secured, the board of the elite conservatory has given its approval to a project that includes the erection of a new 10-story building. Demolition of existing structures on the site is expected to begin in mid-June, and a new building housing dorms, an orchestra rehearsal room, studios and practice rooms is slated to open in August 2011.

 "In these difficult times this is quite an achievement for Curtis," said Lenfest. "This is right for Curtis, and everyone gathered around to make it happen."
 Curtis president Roberto Díaz said the project would be "transformational for the school. You can't imagine how exciting it is. This is the answer to issues that have been talked about for so many years."
 Details in tomorrow's Inquirer.

Curtis Institute Meets Challenge

With board chairman H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest acting as a powerful catalyst, the Curtis Institute of Music has raised $65 million for a Locust Street expansion.

 Funds now secured, the board of the elite conservatory has given its approval to a project that includes the erection of a new 10-story building. Demolition of existing structures on the site is expected to begin in mid-June, and a new building housing dorms, an orchestra rehearsal room, studios and practice rooms is slated to open in August 2011.

 “In these difficult times this is quite an achievement for Curtis,” said Lenfest. “This is right for Curtis, and everyone gathered around to make it happen.”
 Curtis president Roberto Díaz said the project would be “transformational for the school. You can’t imagine how exciting it is. This is the answer to issues that have been talked about for so many years.”
 Details in tomorrow's Inquirer.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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