The Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation Awards Challenge Grant to The New York Youth Symphony

The Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation Awards Challenge Grant to The New York Youth Symphony

The Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation has awarded a $500,000 gift to the New York Youth Symphony's Endowment fund. In addition to their generous matching gift, the McCrindle Foundation has pledged an additional $50,000 to underwrite the NYYS’s 50th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall on November 25, 2012.

John T. Rowe, Jr., President of the McCrindle Foundation stated, “Joe McCrindle's dedication to the New York Youth Symphony was a natural fit; his love of music and support of young musicians were both very important to him. The Directors of the McCrindle Foundation have chosen to honor and expand his legacy at NYYS and hope others will choose to do so as well."

The November 25th concert will feature the debut of Joshua Gersen, the incoming music director, and performances by the New York Youth Symphony’s Orchestra, Jazz, and Chamber Music students. The program will include Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Maurer’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Violins in A minor, op. 55 featuring soloists Cho-Liang Lin, Philippe Quint, and Samuel Katz; Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95, “From the New World”, and the world premiere of a commissioned piece by Gabriel Zucker for the Orchestra and Jazz Band. The concert will be recorded for a delayed broadcast on WQXR.

Shauna Quill, Executive Director of the NYYS, said, “the generosity of  the McCrindle Foundation will help provide funding for the 240+ students that participate in the New York Youth Symphony’s tuition-free programs each year. We are energized by the matching gift, especially as we look toward our 50th anniversary in 2012-2013.”

About Joseph F. McCrindle

Joseph F. McCrindle (1923-2008) began his career as a literary agent for writers including Philip Roth and John McPhee. In 1959, he founded the Transatlantic Review, the renowned literary journal that featured works by such writers as William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Iris Murdoch, Joyce Carol Oates, Muriel Spark, and John Updike. To provide funding for the Transatlantic Review and other charitable giving, the late Mr. McCrindle also established the Henfield Foundation (later renamed the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation) in 1959. After the Review ceased publication in 1977, the Foundation began awarding annual fiction prizes and later funded arts, music, and social justice organizations. Mr. McCrindle was also a renowned art collector who amassed a large collection including over 3,000 old master drawings, paintings, and other art—later donated to over 40 institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library and Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Yale Center of British Art. 

About New York Youth Symphony

Praised by The New York Times as an orchestra that delivers “a sharply articulated, thoughtfully shaped performance,” the award-winning New York Youth Symphony educates and inspires young musicians through exceptional ensemble training and performance opportunities. The New York Youth Symphony offers tuition-free programs in orchestra, chamber music, jazz, apprentice conducting, and composition; these programs are open to students ages 12-22 in the tri-state area through a competitive audition process.