the newsletter of
The National Orchestral
NOA LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Last month, the
National Orchestral Association launched its new web site (www.nationalorchestral.org).
The new web site features historical information about the National
Orchestral Association, including a biography of its founding conductor, Leon
Barzin. The site has been
constructed to provide links to the web sites of organizations that receive
support from the National Orchestral Association.
NOA Chairman Frances Kennedy remarked in a recent address to NOA patrons,
that “the site not only
The site contains a wealth of information about the NOA, including its history, and a summary of recent initiatives. Recent editions of “Notes,” the NOA newsletter, are also featured, as well as a description of how to make contributions to the NOA, or apply for NOA support.
CONCERTS IN THE HEIGHTS
Concerts in the
Heights is dedicated to providing the Upper Manhattan Washington Heights
Community with a professional monthly concert series of the highest artistic
integrity. The series consists of performances of standard repertoire from
contemporary with an added feature beginning in January called "living
composers". In an informal setting, audiences will get an opportunity to become
acquainted with works fresh from the composer as well as meeting the composer
who will be present for discussions during and after the concert.
The monthly series repeats each program twice, with the first concert catering to the elderly from rehabilitation homes and assisted living facilities, and the second concert for the general public. NOA Chairman Frances Kennedy called the afternoon concerts “a wonderful way of reaching senior citizens who would otherwise find it difficult to travel to the City’s major concert halls.” The mission of the series is to make classical music accessible to all in the community- even those unable to attend concerts that require some travel. To read more about Concerts in the Heights, please visit the NOA web site, and for details about upcoming concerts, visit www.concertsintheheights.com.
NOA SUPPORTS ELEMENTS QUARTET
The National Orchestral Association is proud to be a supporter of an exciting
new ensemble called The Elements Quartet.
The Quartet is comprised of four extraordinary musicians who have
combined their talents to form a string quartet dedicated to communicating the
excitement of chamber music to contemporary audiences of all ages.
Founded in 1999, the ensemble has enjoyed considerable critical acclaim.
This summer the Quartet was awarded a major grant co-commissioned by the
Koussevitzky Foundation and the Library of Congress to underwrite the
composition of the first string quartet by Pulitzer Prize winning composer David
del Tredici. The Elements Quartet
will premier this important new piece in
October 2001. The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation awarded a grant to
complete the funding of the commission of the composer David Sampson’s
“Elements” Quartet. Additional support by the NOA and the Arthur Judson
Foundation are helping fund the world premier of this exciting new composition.
The Elements Quartet have previewed two movements of this quartet entitled
“Earth” and “Fire” with the “Earth” movement being featured on the Elements
Quartet’s soon to be released CD.
The National Orchestral Association is proud to be a continuing sponsor of the extraordinary work of the Lark Quartet. This classical string quartet is comprised of four young remarkable female musicians who are quickly gaining an international reputation . In 2001 the Lark Quartet will be concretizing extensively with concerts in Tennessee, California, Arizona, and New York in February. In March the Quartet will be featured in concerts in New York, Ohio, and Florida. For additional information about upcoming concerts, please visit the Lark Quartet at their web site: www.larkquartet.com. The Lark Quartet has been featured in some of the nation’s most prestigious concert halls, and the NOA is proud to have been instrumental in introducing the Lark Quartet to various communities in Utah. The Lark Quartet is the only group to have appeared every season at the request of the Park City Performing Arts Foundation. In addition to its concerts in Utah, the Quartet has given master classes and outreach in local Utah schools.
ALICE TULLY HALL
YEAR-END CONTRIBUTIONS ARE ALWAYS
The National Orchestral Association is deeply grateful for the kind support of
its many patrons throughout the country. For those wishing to make
additional year-end contributions to the NOA, a form has been provided on the
NOA website. Some NOA patrons have asked if they can make contributions of
appreciated marketable securities. The NOA is pleased to receive gifts of
marketable securities, and this can be easily accomplished by contacting the NOA
via its website or by telephone.
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Happy Holidays to all of friends and patrons!