Why I Became a "Real Part" of the New York Philharmonic Family
by Jeffrie Silverberg
“I have few memories of shared experiences with my father, who died when I was just 11 years old. But there are none I treasure more than those that involve music. My father, a school counselor, played both the violin and alto saxophone. He encouraged me to take piano lessons and, as I practiced, he would accompany me on the violin.
“Later, during his illness, he would nap each night after dinner—but not before setting the radio in his room to WQXR. Always, he asked me to sit with him and listen to the music as he drifted off to sleep. I cherish that recollection to this day. I know now that my father wanted to impart to me his love of classical music and in that endeavor he was entirely successful.
“I first began attending New York Philharmonic concerts when I was in college and continued to do so long after graduating. Now that I live in San Juan, Puerto Rico, one of the things I miss most is not being able to be in the audience when the Orchestra plays a concert I especially wish to hear and it's not broadcast.
“Now that I have two children of my own, I needed to consider estate planning. I not only wished to provide for my family, but I also wanted to establish a memorial to my father. After consulting with the Planned Gifts office at the Philharmonic, I decided there could be no better way to honor his memory than by establishing The Samuel E. Silverberg Biennial Concert Series. I requested that the concerts feature a violin and saxophone, his instruments. The staff helped me to accomplish this goal under a living trust to the New York Philharmonic. My father's influence guided me to experience the joy of music and now, through this trust, I can extend that influence to others. It's a truly rewarding feeling.”
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