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ISO Presents the Edward and Elaine Altman 45th Anniversary Concert

May 11, 2017 at 8pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

InterSchool Orchestras of New York

Experience Over 300 Talented Young Musicians Performing in the ISO’s Eight Major Ensembles

ISO Symphony at Third Street Music School Settlement  |  Symphonic Band at Third Street Music School Settlement |  Concert Orchestra | Carnegie Hill Orchestra  |  ISO Orchestra at Turtle Bay Music School | Trinity Florentine Orchestra | Queens East Orchestra |  Morningside Orchestra 

Jeffrey Grogan, Artistic Director & Conductor          Karen Geer, Executive Director

Honoring ISO Founder Annabelle F. Prager, Canadian Brass and Tito Muñoz

Performances by Guest Artists

Canadian Brass

“World renowned brass quintet”

Christopher Coletti, Trumpet and ISO Alumnus
Chuck Daellenbach, Tuba
Caleb Hudson, Trumpet
Achilles Liarmakopoulos, Trombone
Bernhard Scully, Horn



Tito Muñoz 

Music Director, Phoenix Symphony & ISO Alumnus

“One of the most gifted conductors of his generation.”





Helen Little

Helen Little is a media personality, writer, speaker, host, and lover of life with a professional journey that has spanned over thirty years.  She fills offices, homes, and cars across the tri-state as the midday personality for one of America’s most listened to radio stations; New York’s 106.7 Lite FM. Helen can also be heard on the iHeartRadio digital network that serves millions of subscribers. She also hosts the Public Library Podcast on iHeartRadio.



Concert Program

Concert Orchestra

Lawrence C. Markiewicz, Jr., Conductor

Mikhail Glinka                                                     Russlan and Ludmilla Overture

Dana Wilson                                                        Peaks

Aaron Copland                                                    “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo

ISO Orchestra at Turtle Bay Music School, Queens East Orchestra, Trinity Florentine Orchestra and Morningside Orchestra

Franz Schubert                                                     Rosamunde Overture
arr. Richard Meyer

Joseph Seifers, Conductor

Lennie Niehaus                                                    Crestline Summit

Matthew Rotjan, Conductor

Traditional Cuban Folk Song                            Guantanamera
arr. Victor Lopez

George Nicholson, Conductor

Gustav Holst                                                        Jupiter – Bringer of Jollity
arr. Vernon Leidig

Barry Stern, Conductor

Carnegie Hill Orchestra

Steven Rochen, Conductor

Pascual Marquina Narro                                   España Cañi
arr. Albert Wang

Camille Saint-Saëns                                          “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah
arr. Merle J. Isaacs

Tim Aucoin                                                           Tchefuncte Shuffle

ISO Symphonic Band at Third Street Music School Settlement

Brian Worsdale, Conductor and ISO Alumnus

Dana Wilson                                                          Shortcut Home

Robert Russell Bennett                                       Suite of Old American Dances     

I. Cakewalk

III. Western One-Step

V. Rag

Samuel Hazo                                                        Arabesque

ISO Symphony at Third Street Music School Settlement

Jeffrey Grogan, Conductor

Dmitri Shostakovich                                           Festive Overture

Tito Muñoz, Conductor and ISO Alumnus

Traditional                                                            Amazing Grace

Featuring Canadian Brass

Edward Elgar                                                        Nimrod from Enigma Variations

Brian Worsdale, Conductor and ISO Alumnus

Dedicated to Jonathan Strasser, ISO Music Director Emeritus

Gustav Mahler                                                       Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Titan”

IV. Stürmisch beweg



About the Edward and Elaine Altman Concert

ISO’s Board of Directors designates a major concert each year as the Edward and Elaine Altman Concert in recognition of the Altman’s extraordinary contributions to ISO, and for the exceptional leadership of Edward Altman as past Board President and Chairman. Dr. Altman joined ISO’s Board in1991 just as his son Gregory was finishing his time playing French horn in the ISO Symphony. He served as President of the ISO Board from 1992-1998, and then as Chairman until 2002. ISO grew steadily during Altman’s board tenure, made possible in part by his tireless fundraising and generous personal gifts. He also helped build the ISO Board by recruiting colleagues from the financial services industry. Dr. Altman stepped down from active Board service in 2013 after 22 years, becoming its President Emeritus. ISO’s current level of service to its mission would simply not have been possible without Dr. Altman’s vision and leadership. Dr. Altman has an international reputation as an expert on corporate bankruptcy, high yield bonds, distressed debt, and credit risk analysis. He is Director of Research in Credit and Debt Markets at the NYU Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions. Prior to serving in his present position, Professor Altman chaired the Stern School’s MBA Program for 12 years. Dr. Altman was named to the Max L. Heine Endowed Professorship at Stern in 1988.

45th Anniversary Supporters


  • Elaine and Edward Altman
  • Alfred and Jane Ross Foundation



  • Beatrice Mitchell and Paul Sperry
  • Florentine School of Music, Art & Academics
  • Permira Advisers LLC


  • Anonymous
  • Jacob and Etty Bousso
  • The Capital Group
  • Theresa and Jerry Dolak
  • Alessia Falsarone and Robert Nachtrieb
  • Martin Fridson and Elaine Sisman
  • Viola Kanevsky and Douglas Dinger
  • Brenda and Christoph Kuehne
  • MetroWest AJC Foundation

  • New York Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association
  • New York Electrical Power Services LLC
  • Annabelle, Jonathan, and Lucy Prager
  • Adrian Ross
  • Rita Fredricks Salzman
  • Barbara Tracy and Billy Tracy, Jr.
  • Diana and Donald Wagner
  • Henrietta and David Whitcomb 
  • William and Jenny Ullmer


  • Robert and Jean Ashton
  • Valerie and Allan Brown
  • Eva Gerard
  • Barbara Good
  • Pearl Lau
  • The Maury Newberger Foundation
  • Pavlos and Maria Mavrides
  • Murray Analytics
  • Richard and Coco Neel
  • Jessie and Robert Palmer
  • Jessup Shean
  • Maren and Dick Young


The InterSchool Orchestras of New York is supported in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.