25 September 2012

Omus Hirshbein Memorial Concert Slated for October 4 at Juilliard's Paul Hall

A memorial tribute to Omus Hirshbein will take place on October 4, 2012 at 5 p.m., at The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall.

The program features a number of artists who figured prominently in Mr. Hirshbein’s long career as one of New York City’s leading classical music impresarios. A onetime Juilliard student, Mr. Hirshbein was the director of the Hunter College Concert Bureau, where he presented artists such as Joan Sutherland, Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten, Alicia de Larrocha, Victoria de los Angeles and Shura Cherkassky. Following a brief administrative stint at Carnegie Hall, Mr. Hirshbein became performing art director of the 92nd Street YM-YWHA. He was responsible for re-igniting the Y’s long-moribund classical music program. He established Chamber Music at the Y, under the artistic direction of Jaime Laredo. He also founded the Y Chamber Symphony, with Gerard Schwarz as artistic director and principal conductor. Other ventures at the Y included the popular recital program, the Distinguished Artists Series, and a lieder series, Mastersingers at the Y. He also co-produced Vienna 1900, a 1986 festival of fin-de-siecle art and music presented in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art. He was the guiding force behind the Schubertiade, the Y’s multi-season traversal of the complete works of Franz Schubert.

In later years, Mr. Hirshbein served as director of the music program of the National Endowment for the Arts and managed the New York Chamber Symphony during its stint at Lincoln Center. His last major project was Free for All at Town Hall, a series of free concerts produced with Jacqueline Taylor.

Mr. Hirshbein’s October 4 memorial will feature performances by pianists Richard Goode and Joseph Kalichstein, violinists Jaime Laredo and Pamela Frank, violist Steve Tenenbom, cellists Sharon Robinson and Peter Wiley, and soprano Lauren Flanigan.

The Juilliard School is located at 155 West 65 Street. The family of Omus Hirshbein has established a scholarship in his memory at The Juilliard School. The Omus Hirshbein Scholarship will be awarded to Juilliard’s Pre-College Division students, ages eight through eighteen. To make a donation, please make a check payable to The Juilliard School, with a note that it is for the Omus Hirshbein Scholarship. Or give online: Juilliard.edu/giving. For information or to RVSP for the event, please call Jacqueline Taylor at 917-846-7875. You must RSVP in order to be admitted to the memorial. spacer

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