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Joshua Bell Announces Our Year of Thanks
to Lydia Kontos


Dear Friends,

As the proud parent of children studying at Kaufman Music Center, I am writing today to ask you to join me in saying “thank you” to an extraordinary woman. 

Lydia Kontos, Executive Director of Kaufman Music Center, will be retiring this year after nearly 40 years of service. Lydia is a remarkable leader, who has guided the growth of Lucy Moses School, founded Special Music School, and made Merkin Concert Hall one of New York City’s foremost performance venues.

I am very grateful that Lydia has made Kaufman Music Center such a welcoming musical home for my family, and am pleased to have the opportunity to announce a special campaign to thank her for all that she has done to help this institution to serve so many students and audience members.

2018 will be a Year of Thanks to Lydia Kontos. Throughout the year, the Kaufman Music Center community will express gratitude to Lydia by supporting projects that will help the institution thrive in the years ahead. 

So far, on Saturday, March 10, the Special Music School PTA dedicated its annual “SMS Live” event to Lydia. This special evening featured performances by world-renowned artists like Pablo Ziegler, Hector Del Curto, Orli Shaham, Shai Wosner, and conductor David Robertson.

Today, the Center is launching A Celebration of our Muse – a campaign inviting donors to make pledges for scholarships to ensure that Lydia’s commitment to making music education affordable can continue, long after her tenure. More information is available HERE.

And on Monday, May 14, the Center will be honoring Lydia at its annual Gala. The event will feature performances by flutists Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway and operatic soprano Ailyn Pérez. Click HERE for more info.

More information about our campaign of gratitude will be shared in the weeks ahead – so stay tuned!

Thank you for your consideration of support.


Joshua Bell