Monday, February 07, 2011



Alan Gilbert
Music Director of the New York Philharmonic
Photo Credit - Chris Lee

Each year, the THURNAUER SCHOOL OF MUSIC at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades holds an event to benefit the scholarship fund, promote music and music education, and provide an exceptional educational and musical experience for its students and guests.

Called THE GIFT OF MUSIC, this event includes a concert by one (or more) of the world's most brilliant musicians, and a workshop in which the musicians interact directly with the student.

This year, on Wednesday, February 9, the GIFT OF MUSIC will feature Alan Gilbert, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, and ten musicians in the orchestra, including Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster, and Sheryl Staples, Principal Associate Concertmaster.

They will perform a selection of chamber music, and then Alan Gilbert will conduct the Thurnauer School Of Music student orchestra in a performance that includes the "Theme From Schindler's List," with Glenn Dicterow as soloist.

In addition to the concert, the Gift Of Music event always includes interaction directly with the students. In prior years, performers have played together with the students in the afternoon, answered questions, and hung out. Violinist Maxim Vengerov told the musical story of Ferdinand The Bull, with the students around him on the stage. Wynton Marsalis played basketball with the students in between the afternoon workshop and the evening concert.

It is extremely generous of Alan Gilbert and the musicians in the Philharmonic to take time out from what is an incredibly busy schedule to support music and music education with the students of the school.

Music and music education is extremely important. The support from such distinguished musicians and cultural icons is especially welcome when times are tough and resources are scarce.

It is critical that the community respond to this generous gift by Alan Gilbert, and the other incredible musicians by supporting music and musical education and becoming active participants in the musical community!

Mark O'Connor
A Composer and Violinist
With a strong interest in American music and music education
At the Thurnauer School of Music
Photo by Eric Roffman

Guided from the beginning by Founding Director Dorothy Roffman, The Thurnauer School of Music is celebrating its 27th season. It is a "community school" -- which means that everyone is welcome, anyone can attend. Located at the Kaplen JCC On the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ, membership at the JCC is not required to study at the school; there is no age requirement; no audition to pass. Each new student, whether a 3 year old starting violin, a ten year old learning the guitar, a twelve year old flutist with some prior training, or a retiree starting to practice piano again, gets an audition that places them with the right teacher, but no-one is turned away.

The school maintains the highest level of instruction. Teachers come with the best music training in the world; and they must be good teachers. The standard is that every student must have a good experience, as well as the best training. The Thurnauer School of Music is one of the best places in the world to start an instrument.

The school provides instruction in many instruments, plus choral, chamber music and orchestral experiences.

In addition to the annual Gift Of Music Concerts, there are several Master Classes given during each year. Auditions to participate in these events are open to students in all of New Jersey. Many great musicians, including Itzhak Perlman, and several members of the New York Philharmonic, including some playing in Wednesday's Gift Of Music Concert, have taught these Master Classes.

The school has several partnership programs with schools in New Jersey, including the Music Discovery Partnership in which students receive music education from the Thurnauer School, and the Chamber Music Express program in partnership with Class Notes, which brings music education to classrooms in New Jersey and around the region.

Students at the Thurnauer School have many performing opportunities at the school, and outside, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and other venues all over the region. One student played on the Sesame Street float at last year's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Former students now play all over the world in orchestras, chamber music groups, and solo concerts. Some teach music. Some have gone on to other careers with a legacy of knowing and loving music. Some have sent their own children to the school.

The Founding Director, Dorothy Roffman (who was joined by Susan Tall for one year) has led the school since its very beginning, brought in by Sandra O. Gold who nurtured the school at the JCC some twenty seven years ago. (Dorothy was teaching violin to Sandra's daughter Amelia at the Manhattan School of Music at the time. Later, Amelia was a teacher at the Thurnauer School. Currently, Dorothy is teaching Amelia's daughter.)

Shortly after the school was founded, Maria and Bill Thurnauer provided personal and financial support for the school, that gave it strength to grow. A few years later, Joan and Alan Handler initiated and began supporting the Master Class program and then the Gift Of Music Benefit Concert. The Richard H Holtzer Memorial Foundation helped establish chamber music concerts by the Thurnauer Chamber Music Society. Additional major contributions have supported the partnership programs, scholarships, and other activities.


(Musicians and repertoire may be subject to change.)


Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic

Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster
Sheryl Staples, Principal Associate Concertmaster
Sharon Yamada, Violin
Yulia Ziskel, Violin
Alan Gilbert, Viola
Rebecca Young, Associate Principal Viola
Ru-Pei Yeh, Cello
Maria Kitsopoulos, Cello
Judith LeClair, Principal Bassoon
Nancy Allen, Principal Harp
Jonathan Feldman, Piano

Glenn Dicterow
Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic

PROGRAM (Performances by Thurnauer School Of Music instrumental and choral groups, the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra, and Musicians in the New York Philharmonic)

Chamber Music including selections from
- Beethoven Piano Trio No. 4, Op. 11
- Andres "Chants d'arriere-saison for Bassoon and Harp"
- Mendelssohn Octet (Allegro moderato ma con fuoco)

Orchestral Music, conducted by Alan Gilbert, including selections from
- Mozart Divertimento, K. 137, in Bb
- Williams "Theme from Schindler's List"
Glenn Dicterow, Violin, with the orchestra


General admission tickets are available at the BergenPAC box office, 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood (Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), online at, or by telephone at 1-888-PACSHOW (1-888-722-7469).


This is a benefit concert. Event sponsorships are very important!
Sponsorships may include patron seating, a meet-the-artist reception and additional benefits. Sponsor inquiries should be made through the Thurnauer School, at 201-408-1462 or


The school reaches out into the community through public performances and its 12- year Music Discovery Partnership with the Englewood Public Schools, a program in jeopardy due to budget cuts.

Some more facts about the Thurnauer School of Music

The Thurnauer School of Music (, established in 1984, has been designated as a “Major Arts Institution” by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State. It serves more than 700 students in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. It also serves as an area cultural resource by presenting more than 30 concerts annually, as well as master classes with world-renowned artists. The School is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and an integral part of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. JCC membership is not a requirement for enrollment or financial aid at the Thurnauer School. The School is supported, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the Richard H. Holzer Memorial Foundation; the Community Chest serving Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs; the Sacramento Region Community Foundation; the Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund; and numerous individual donors. For further information, contact the music school at or 201-408-1465.

David Finckel
Cellist and Co-Director of The Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society
At the Thurnauer School of Music
Photo by Eric Roffman


The Gift Of Music artists have included world famous violinists Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Gil Shaham, Ani & Ida Kavafian, and Maxim Vengerov; Cellist Steven Isserlis; The Juilliard, Emerson and Orion Quartets; flutist Paula Robison; Pianists Melvin Chen, Claude Frank, Andrew De Grado, Simon Mulligan, Marija Stroke, Lilya Zilberstein, Lillian Kallir, Jonathan Feldman, and Richard Goode; Jazz legends: Marian McPartland, piano, Rufus Reid, bass & Kimberly Thompson, drums; The Paquito D'Rivera Jazz Quintet, and The Wynton Marsalis Septet; clarinetist David Krakauer; composer and violinist Mark O'Connor; and the co-chairs of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: David Finckel, cello and Wu Han, piano

1991 Pamela Frank, violin & Claude Frank, piano
1992 Joshua Bell, violin & Andrew De Grado, piano
1993 Richard Goode, piano
1994 Claude Frank & Lillian Kallir, piano duo
1995 The Wynton Marsalis Septet, jazz
1996 The Emerson String Quartet
1997 Erie Mills, soprano, Kurt Ollmann, baritone & Marija Stroke, piano
1998 Ani & Ida Kavafian, violin/viola duo & Jonathan Feldman, piano
1999 David Finckel, cello & Wu Han, piano
2000 The Juilliard String Quartet
2001 The Paquito D'Rivera Jazz Quintet
2002 Gil Shaham, violin & Jonathan Feldman, piano
2003 Marian McPartland, piano, Rufus Reid, bass & Kimberly Thompson, drums
2003 Joshua Bell, violin & Simon Mulligan, piano
2004 The Orion String Quartet
2005 Paula Robison, flute & Melvin Chen, piano
2006 Maxim Vengerov, violin & Lilya Zilberstein, piano
2007 Steven Isserlis, cello & Melvin Chen, piano
2008 David Krakauer, clarinet & Marija Stroke, piano
2009 Mark O'Connor, violin
2010 David Finckel, cello and Wu Han, piano



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