First it was the bad news because of COVID…No live concerts and a Gala cancelled…however, there was also some good news. For 18 months the First Prize Winners of the New York International Piano Competition were not separated from their pianos and Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz had time to plan a spectacular evening.
Friday evening, the 15th of October, The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation emerged from the depths of Covid-19. A capacity guest list filled the Tennyson Room for cocktails, moved to the second floor Library for a breath-taking concert, and finally, entered the Ballroom for a gourmet dinner, accompanied with accolades from distinguished speakers and festivities.
Celebrating the 62nd year of the Foundation, the Board chose to honor Joyce Cowin for her wonderful contribution of establishing the Joyce B. Cowin First Prize of the New York International Piano Competition, a flagship program of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, as well as her philanthropic endeavors linked to Joyce’s many commitments throughout New York City and beyond.
The Foundation also honored Joyce B. Cowin for her untiring devotion to education, her recognition of women’s history and financial literacy, the advancement of needy causes, and her steadfast dedication to humanity in any form. There could not be a more deserving honoree.
Gus Rosendale, co-anchor for NBC 4 New York’s “Weekend Today in New York” served as Master of Ceremonies throughout the evening. Youlan Ji and Jun Hwi Cho, Joyce B. Cowin First Prize Winners, performed at the Steinway Grand Piano in the Library, followed by an interview conducted by Robert Sherman of WQXR fame.
Prior to dinner, Margaret Carpenter, Chair of the S&H Foundation, welcomed all in attendance from the podium. Following dinner, a retrospective slide presentation was shown on screens strategically placed in the Ballroom, illuminating Joyce Cowin’s 14 years of participation on the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. Messrs. Stecher and Horowitz provided the sound track for the film with excerpts from one of their well-known recordings.
Photos by Andrew Lepley