Legislative and Executive Proclamations recognize FOMC’s service

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May 2, 2024 (914) 329-7318

Elected officials recognize Friends of Music Concerts’
history of service to the community

SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY – New York State and Westchester County elected officials commemorated Friends of Music Concerts’ 70 th season, honoring the group’s long history of presenting the finest in professional chamber music to Westchester audiences.

Four proclamations also recognized the role FOMC plays in nurturing young music students with its Young Concert Artists Performance Award, its partnerships in Education program and its Susan R. Harris Scholarship Fund.

The official statements were from NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYS Assemblywoman Dana Levenberg, Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Vedat Gashi.

“We are thrilled to be marking our 70th season and grateful that our legislators are acknowledging our longtime contributions to the arts and arts education. We are also particularly grateful to board member and former Westchester and New York State legislator Sandy Galef for facilitating these tributes,” said FOMC President Susan Harris.

Stewart-Cousins’ statement called FOMC “a beacon of cultural enrichment” and a “trailblazer” that has often introduced local audiences to artists and ensembles for the first time.

Levenberg’s proclamation said the annual Performance Award “nurtures artists newly emerging on the chamber music scene” since the “winner is granted a coveted concert in the organization’s season.”

Latimer’s proclamation noted that FOMC “supports the future of classical music through its Partnerships program, which brings young professional ensembles to Westchester public schools.”

Gashi’s statement acknowledged that FOMC’s scholarship fund “supports music students in need of financial aid” and “addresses the challenges faced by local music schools in providing a superior level of musical education.” In addition, Gashi sponsored a digital sign at the Westchester County Center wishing FOMC a “Happy 70 th Anniversary.”

FOMC presents a fall-to-spring concert season. The 2023-2024 season featured such outstanding artists as Manhattan Chamber Players, the Escher String Quartet, pianist Michelle Cann and the Isidore String Quartet.

The 2024-25 season begins on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2024 with the piano trio of Wu Han, Philip Setzer and David Finckel. Han and Finckel are co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Setzer was a longtime member of the esteemed Emerson Quartet.

The season also presents the Dover String Quartet with Roberto Diaz, viola; the WindSync woodwind quintet, the Balourdet String Quartet with Adam W. Sadberry, flute; Megan Moore, mezzo-soprano and Francesco Barfoed, piano; Harmony Zhu, piano and the Jerusalem String Quartet.

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