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Board Member and Orchestra Cellist Collaborate to Purchase New Stand Lights

January 29, 2015

Just in time for its holiday concerts at Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops acquired seventy new state-of-the-art stand lights, one for each music stand, thanks to a generous donation made as a collaboration between Board Member Mary Carr Patton and New York Pops principal cellist David Heiss. The orchestra had been operating with old models; the new, slimmer models provide more light and more even coverage for each music stand.

“David Heiss and I have been friends since we served together on a Music Director Search committee,” said Mary Carr Patton. “It never occurred to me that the orchestra owned the stand lights, as I assumed they belonged to Carnegie Hall.  When David told me that he was going to contribute new stand lights to The New York Pops, it seemed to me that we could provide illumination for more than the music if the two of us gave this gift. As both musicians and boards of American orchestras are united in our desire to create music for our communities, we might find more points of collaboration and this is the additional illumination provided by our gift.”

Executive Director Anne Swanson said, “It is touching to see such a meaningful collaboration between two members of The New York Pops family, both of whom have done so much for this orchestra over many years. I am grateful, as I know the musicians are, for their generous collaboration and for all that they do for The New York Pops.”