August 22, 2016
The New York Youth Symphony has announced that it will honor Leonard Slatkin with the Theodore L. Kesselman Award for Arts Education at their 54th Annual Benefit event on Monday, October 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club. The award was established in 1995 to recognize significant dedication by an individual or institution making outstanding contributions in nurturing young people in the arts. Slatkin was music director of the NYYS from 1966 to 1968.
The Benefit is the organization’s largest and most important fundraising event of the year. Proceeds support the NYYS’s innovative, tuition-free educational programs, which educate and inspire young musicians through exceptional training and performance opportunities. More than 6,000 students have participated in the orchestra, jazz, chamber music, composition, and conducting programs since the founding of the NYYS in 1963.
The event will also celebrate the philanthropic work of Marica Vilcek and the 35th anniversary of the organization’s chamber music program, with special performances by Glenn Dicterow, Karen Dreyfus, Daniel Phillips, Jeffrey Siegel, Nicholas Tzavaras, and Frederick Zlotkin.
Tickets for the benefit will go on sale September 1st.