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Fulfilling A Mission

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Jacob Bernard Pincus Music Education Center reaffirms
commitment to music education.

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arilyn Pincus remembers
the symphony concert
that inspired her interest
in classical music, and she wants to
share the excitement she felt at age
15 with Michigan's young people.
That feeling has been in the back
of her mind since she and her late
husband, Bernard, decided to
donate $6 million to establish the
Jacob Bernard Pincus Music
Education Center in honor of their
son Jacob, a guitar-playing music fan
who passed away in 1993 at age 26
after heart surgery.
Bernard Pincus, former Hughes &
Hatcher clothing retailer chairman
who died in 2001, had researched

many ways to memorialize their son.
When the couple learned about the
Max M. Fisher Music Center, they
added their support.
"Our family always thought that
music was one of the beacons of civ-
ilization, so it's wonderful to know
our son's name will be seen and
remembered in this setting,"
explains Pincus, of Bloomfield Hills,
\mho has been a symphony enthusi-
ast for 50 years.
"I'm very passionate about the
orchestra, and I'm glad that there
now is a place for educating children
about music so close to where pro-
fessional musicians work."
The Pincus Center represents

MISSION

"The early phases of the project —
including the office complex, restau-
rants and parking structure — have
already helped to transform the
Midtown Detroit cultural district and
spark other investment in the
Woodward corridor.
"With the opening of the Max M.
Fisher Music Center, the DSO and
our community will finally have the
world-class facilities we deserve."
Gary Wasserman of Birmingham, a
DSO board member for some five
years, thinks of the changes as relevant
and elegant solutions to many differ-
ent challenges. He also salutes mem-
bers of the Jewish community who
contributed to this development initia-
tive.
"The DSO is a remarkable treasure,
and we want a wider audience to
appreciate that," says Wasserman, who
also has been active with the American
Jewish Committee. "The Max is the
result of a private-public partnership
devoted to the quality of music.
"Listening to the DSO, particularly
in the enhanced setting, can be almost
like a spiritual experience. Members of
the audience can enjoy sitting there
and contemplating what they are hear-
ing or just let the music carry them
into their own space and thoughts."

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Musicians Applaud The Max

Jewish members of the symphony eager-
ly look forward to playing at the new
Max.
Nathaniel Gurin of Huntington
Woods, who has played trombone with
the orchestra since 1978 after working
with a variety of presenters in the U.S.
and Canada, sees huge benefits for both
patrons and the orchestra.
He thinks the extra space in the lob-
bies and backstage makes everyone more
comfortable and the concert experience
all the more enjoyable.
"The Max can only make concerts
even greater events," he says. "We've had
very positive responses on tours nation-
ally and internationally, and I'd like to
see the general population get more
interested in the orchestra."
Eliot Friedenzohn of West Bloomfield,
a first violinist with the orchestra since
1965 after building a career in Chile,
thinks that the facilities will help more
people develop a feeling for music.
While he has always been impressed
with the acoustics that give Orchestra
Hall an international reputation, he also
is enthusiastic about the improvements
to the complex.
"I hope that people continue support-
ing projects like he Max," he says. "Long
live art!" ❑

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