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Owens Memorial Concert June 13

Served as Roslyn School District Superintendent

A concert of sacred music by Long Island Composers is being held in memory of Dr. John Owens, longtime superintendent of the Roslyn Public Schools, co-sponsored by The Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA), The Maldeb Foundation, and The Prof. Edgar H. Lehrman Memorial Foundation.

The concert will be held on Sunday, June 13, at 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Huntington/Cold Spring Harbor, 180 West Neck Road, Huntington. Admission is free. Contact: (631) 427-0326.

Soprano Helene Williams and the Chancel Choir of United Methodist Church Huntington/Cold Spring Harbor, accompanied and conducted by Dr. Leonard Lehrman, will perform works for soprano and/or choir by the Long Island composers Leonard Lehrman, Elie Siegmeister, Herbert Deutsch, Albert Tepper, Allen Brings, Philip Knapp, and Joel Mandelbaum. Other works to be presented include a prelude by William Goldberg, a prelude and fugue by Henry Martin, and a violin-piano piece by Daniel Dorff. The violinist performing in the Dorff piece will be Jennifer LaCara, the granddaughter of Dr. John Owens, while both the composer, Daniel Dorff and the pianist, Leonard Lehrman, are graduates of the Roslyn school system who were awarded their diplomas by Dr. Owens.

Leonard Lehrman has composed close to 200 works (including 10 operas), which have been heard throughout Europe, North America, Israel, Australia, and at the United Nations. Elie Siegmeister was an influential composer and teacher whose orchestral works were performed by Arturo Toscanini, Leopold Stokowski, Dimitri Mitropoulos, and Lorin Maazel. He taught three of the composers on this concert: Leonard Lehrman, Herbert Deutsch, and Daniel Dorff.

A co-founder of LICA, and collaborator with Robert Moog in the development of the first Moog synthesizer as well as an author of a large body of concert music, Herbert Deutsch will be represented by A November Mystery for solo soprano in remembrance of former LICA president Denise Broadhurst. Albert Tepper is a former chairman of the Hofstra University Music Department. Allen Brings has been recorded on the Centaur, Grenadilla, and Vienna Modern Masters labels.

A student of John Cage, Philip Knapp is also an inventor holding 28 patents who has taught courses in industrial design and the process of invention at the Pratt Institute and Cooper Union. Adele Berk (1924-2010) served on the faculties of Nassau Community College and Dowling College. Joel Mandelbaum was the first director of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College CUNY. His music is recorded on three of LICA’s five Capstone CDs, the production of which he also helped make possible. Helene Williams, co-founder of the Bronx Opera Company, has performed over 400 concerts on five continents, as well as recorded a dozen CDs, three of them for LICA.

Of the four composers of instrumental music on the program, William B. Goldberg (1917-2008) was one LICA’s earliest members, and remained active through the 1990s, even after he had retired to Maine, where he became a member of the Maine Composers’ Forum.

Henry Martin is a professor at Rutgers University whose jazz-inflected Preludes and Fugues have been the subject of several dissertations.

Daniel Dorff is composer-in-residence of the Haddonfield Symphony, vice president of publishing at Theodore Presser, and has written extensively for orchestra, band, piano, chorus, and chamber ensembles.

His Sunshine Rondo was chosen as a piece to be performed by Dr. Owens’ granddaughter that would appropriately reflect the sunny disposition that Dr. Owens always showed as greeter for this church, and as the bestower of high school diplomas, when he was superintendent of the Roslyn Schools.