The National Orchestral Association
VOL. 5 August 2000
Message From The Chairman
As we enter a new millennium, the National Orchestral Association is poised
for a significant expansion of its activities to include not only the support of
classical musicians and composers, but greater involvement in community outreach
and education programs.
The past decade has been an exciting one for the Association, during which
the NOA sponsored a variety of projects, including the New Music Orchestral
Project that helped American composers present world premieres at Carnegie Hall
under the baton of Maestro Jorge Mestres. In 1997, the NOA presented the New
York debut recitals of six young pianists, and in 1998 sponsored performances
and education outreach by a new string orchestra called the NOA Soloists. In
1999 the NOA helped in the creation of a new American string orchestra, SONYC,
and has expanded its performance and outreach projects throughout the country.
Over the coming years, the Association will be supporting a variety of new
projects aimed at broadening and deepening its mission..
Since its inception in 1930, the NOA has been a unique organization that has enjoyed the support of thousands of individual, corporate and foundation donors. As our many supporters around the country know, the NOA depends entirely upon private contributions to sustain its work in support of aspiring American musicians and composers. As we enter the new millenium, we would like to thank all of our contributors for their loyalty over the years, and for their enthusiastic support of our many initiatives.Since its inception in 1930, the NOA has been a unique organization that has enjoyed the support of thousands of individual, corporate and foundation donors. As our many supporters around the country know, the NOA depends entirely upon private contributions to sustain its work in support of aspiring American musicians and composers. As we enter the new millenium, we would like to thank all of our contributors for their loyalty over the years, and for their enthusiastic support of our many initiatives.
NOA Continues Support for Lark Quartet
The National Orchestral Association is pleased to be a continuing sponsor of
the extraordinary work of The Lark Quartet. This classical string quartet is
comprised of four remarkable young female musicians who are quickly gaining an
international reputation. The Quartet has played at some of the nation's most
prestigious halls, and the NOA was proud to have been instrumental in
introducing the Lark Quartet to various communities in Utah. In December, the
Quartet was the first musical group outside of Utah to be invited to perform at
Robert Redford's Christmas Concert held at his private concert hall at Sundance.
In addition to the Christmas concert, The Lark Quartet visited Sundance and Park
City last fall for a series of concerts, master classes and outreach in the
communities' local schools. The Lark is the only group to have appeared every
season at the request of the Park City Performing Arts Foundation. In addition
to the outreach program, The Lark conducted master classes at Utah Valley State
College for students from the college and another nearby university, following a
concert the previous night for the Directors, Trustees and Department Heads of
the college. The Lark returned this spring to give special performances and
lectures at the Orem Public Schools, and concerts at Sundance and Utah Valley
Alice Tully Hall Concert Benefiting Lake Luzerne Music
The National Orchestral Association will be one of the principal sponsors of
a special benefit concert for the Lake Luzerne Music Camp to be held in New York
on September 20th at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. The concert will
celebrate the Camp's 20th Anniversary, and will be performed by musicians who
are alumni of the Camp. The Lake Luzerne Music Camp has been an outstanding
resource for young people, and enjoys a reputation as one of the country's
leading music camps. The NOA would like to congratulate all those associated
with the Camp for enriching the lives of so many young musicians over the years.
In honor of the NOA's founding conductor, the late Maestro Leon Barzin, the
National Orchestral Association is supporting a young student with a conducting
scholarship at The Lake Luzerne Music Camp in the Adirondacks. Maestro Barzin
was a frequent visitor to the camp, and was one of its longtime principal
advisors. This scholarship is one of the many ways that the NOA is honoring the
great work of its beloved founding conductor.
Mother's Day Concert
On May 13th, The National Orchestral Association, Park City Bank, The Judson
Foundation, and several other organizations sponsored a concert by the String
Orchestra of New York City ("SONYC") Octet at The Sundance Resort, as part of
its continuing "Spirit of Sundance Series." On May 14th, the Octet
gave a Mother's Day concert at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts in Park
City. During their visit, the members of SONYC continued their educational
outreach activities in area schools, building on the successful outreach program
which they initiated in Utah in 1998.
NOA Fall Gala to Honor Thomas E. Lazour
On September 19th, the National Orchestral Association will hold a gala
black-tie dinner at New York's exclusive Lotos Club honoring Thomas E. Lazour.
The Board of the National Orchestral Association is pleased to be honoring the
many accomplishments of Mr. Lazour, who is District Director of Civic and
Promotional Affairs for Delta Air Lines in Salt Lake City. A native of
Worcester, Massachusetts, Mr. Lazour began his career in 1973 as a Customer
Service Agent for Delta in Boston, where he later became a marketing
representative for the company. In 1988, he assumed responsibilities as Delta's
Marketing Manager for Walt Disney World, and in 1990 was named District
Marketing Manager for all of Southwest Florida. Following his success in
Florida, Mr. Lazour became District Marketing Manager in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, and was later promoted to key management positions in Corporate
Communications and Olympic Marketing based in Atlanta. In 1996, Mr. Lazour was
named Regional Manager for International Relationship Marketing for Delta in
London, England, and in 1999 was elevated to the newly created position of
District Director of Civic and Promotional Affairs for Delta at its strategic
hub in Salt Lake City.
The Board of Directors of the National Orchestral Association has chosen Mr.
Lazour as its honoree at the Fall Gala in order to recognize his many
accomplishments, including his commitment and support of many worthwhile civic
and cultural organizations, including the George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Center
for the Performing Arts in Park City. His work on behalf of the Eccles Center
has had an important impact on Park City and the surrounding communities. Mr.
Lazour and Delta Air Lines have also enabled National Orchestral Association
musicians to come to Park City and Sundance for educational outreach visits and
concerts in both communities. The National Orchestral Association is most
grateful for Mr. Lazour's support, and that of Delta Air Lines in helping to
make these musical outreach programs available to students in Utah. The
Association is proud of its affiliation with Delta Air Lines, and is pleased to
have this opportunity to recognize Mr. Lazour's leadership role in enriching the
cultural life in Utah.
For more information concerning the dinner, please contact the National
Orchestral Association's office in New York by telephone (212-350-4676) or via
Christie's Expert to Lead NOA Auctionn
Renowned art expert Eric Widing will be presiding over this year's benefit auction to be held as part of the Association's Annual Fall Gala. Mr. Widing heads up 19th Century American art for Christie's Auction House in New York, and is a longtime supporter of the NOA. The annual auction is always an exciting event that includes the auctioning of fabulous trips donated by NOA patrons. One of this year's auction items will be a trip to Maui.Renowned art expert Eric Widing will be presiding over this year's benefit auction to be held as part of the Association's Annual Fall Gala. Mr. Widing heads up 19th Century American art for Christie's Auction House in New York, and is a longtime supporter of the NOA. The annual auction is always an exciting event that includes the auctioning of fabulous trips donated by NOA patrons. One of this year's auction items will be a trip to Maui.