The Eighth Annual 
Joseph H. Conlin Benefit
Gala and Awards Ceremony and Concert

Presention of and Performances by

2018 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky 
Young Artist Award Winners (Piano)

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 6:00 PM

Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue
New York City

Program

Danny Boy...................................................... Irish air/Fred Weatherly

Brian Hunter, tenor, Gregory D’Agostino, piano

Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano, Op. 108............................ Brahms
I. Allegro

Katha Zinn, violin, Illya Filshtinskiy, piano

 

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Presenting the Walter Damrosch Award  to
Maestro Anthony Morss

 

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Presenting the 2018 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky 
Young Artist Award Winners

Prelude No. 2........................................................................ Gershwin

Fourth Prize Winner Christopher Goodpasture, piano

Presentation of the Fourth Prize

La valse triste................................................................ Vecsey/Cziffra

Third Prize Winner Wenting Shi, piano

Presentation of the Third Prize

Gretchen am Spinnrade................................................. Schubert/Liszt

Second Prize Winner Sophiko Simsive, piano

Presentation of the Second Prize

Chorale-Preludes.............................................................. Bach-Busoni
"Ich ruf' zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ"
"Nun freut euch, lieben Christen"

Sun-A Park, piano

Presentation of the First Prize

 

 

The Walter Damrosch Award

In honor of the composer-conductor Walter Damrosch, who was a giant champion of music in New York, and who served as president of the Musicians Club of New York from 1914-1920, and as President Emeritus until his death in 1950. The Musicians Club of New York bestows the first Walter Damrosch Award to:

Maestro Anthony Morss

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Maestro Anthony Morss has been one of the Musicians Club of New York’s most active board members for over 40 years, serving as president in 2010-2012, and Vice President before, after and currently. He has been a constant on the jury of the Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards for many of those years, as well. 

Mr. Morss was born in Boston and studied at the New England Conservatory and the National Orchestra Association in New York. While still a student, he was chosen by Leopold Stokowski to be his Choral Master and Associate Conductor for his Symphony of the Air. This success led to the position of Chorus Master of the American Opera Center at Juilliard, Music Director of the Majorca and Saragossa Symphonies in Spain, followed by the Norwalk Symphony in the USA.

Maestro Morss has guest conducted the Madrid, Barcelona, Marseilles and Cape Town symphonies, as well as the Tampa Bay Opera, the New York Lyric Opera, the National Grand Opera and many others. In 1976, he conducted the American premiere of Massenet’s Marie Magdalenewith Regine Crespin at Avery Fisher Hall. In 1978, he led the Marseilles Opera’s production of Tosca with Marton, Aragall and Wixell. At Alice Tully Hall, in 1990, he conducted a concert version of Fidelio with original instruments, the first such performance of standard repertory opera in New York.

In addition to his symphonic posts, Mr. Morss has served as Music Director for the New York State Opera Company, Verismo Opera, The Maine Opera, Asociacion Pro-Zarzuela en America, Eastern Opera Theater of New York, and Lubo Opera Company of New Jersey. Maestro Morss was appointed the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera in 1995. In 2015, he completed 20 years as Music Director and Principal Conductor and retired from these positions at the end of the season. Maestro Morss was honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award and he remains their Emeritus Music Director and Principal Conductor.