Si-Yo Music Society Foundation Honors New Jersey City University
at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, April 27
NEW YORK (Mar. 8, 2018) – Si-Yo Music Society Foundation will present the inaugural Sau-Wing and Jean L. Lam Award to the New Jersey City University Music, Dance and Theater Department (NJCU MDT) on Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m. at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The award honors those who educate, inspire and support the next generation of musicians from all backgrounds. The event will feature performances by NJCU MDT students and alumni.
"The NJCU MDT exemplifies the spirit and purpose of the Foundation’s founders with its dedication to the highest standards of artistic excellence,” said Maestro Cho-Liang Lin, chair of the event's honorary committee.
Si-Yo Chairwoman and President Eva Lerner-Lam agreed. “The Department serves a diverse student population at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, contributing in a truly meaningful way to the educational, intellectual, cultural and socio-economic environment of the surrounding urban region and beyond,” she said.
The award is named in honor of Sau-Wing and Jean L. Lam, who co-founded Si-Yo in 1966 with violinist Ma Si-Hon and pianist Tung Kwong-Kwong, in order to support artists who studied, taught and performed Western classical music. Their long-standing efforts to gather artists, music lovers and instrument collectors included providing performance opportunities in venerable New York City concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Schimmel Center for the Arts.
Upon Sau-Wing Lam's death in 1988, the Foundation established a violin scholarship fund to provide lessons and performance opportunities for promising young violinists. Today, the Foundation provides global teaching and performance opportunities to its roster of international artists; lends instruments to teachers, students and performers; presents educational programs to schoolchildren with limited access to classical music and brings live performances to audiences in senior residences and places of worship.