The harmonious sounds of violins played by a pair of young virtuosos from the National Arts Centre (NAC) Summer Music Institute delighted Hillel Lodge residents and visitors, June 7, at the 12th Annual Ruth Berger Memorial Concert.
The annual concert is named in memory of Ruth Berger. Berger, who died in 2004, served on the committee that established the Pinchas Zukerman Music Education Fund, which helps to provide intensive musical training for young artists at the NAC’s Young Artists Program.
This year’s concert featured violinists Delia Li and Simcha Sutton-Pollock who performed “Duo No. 5” from “Six Duos for Two Violins, Opus 3” by Jean Marie Leclair and “Navarra, Opus 33” by Pablo de Sarasate. On the latter piece, Li and Sutton-Pollock were joined by pianist Judy Ginsberg.
The concert was co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel, the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation (CICF), the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation and the NAC. Norman Barwin, president of the Ottawa Chapter of CICF, was MC for the event and looked visibly moved throughout the half-hour performance.
“This concert helps to keep the memory of Ruth alive and well,” Barwin said.
Stephen Schneiderman, executive director of Hillel Lodge, said he was especially grateful to Li and Sutton-Pollock for taking the time to “share their gifts” with the residents of Hillel Lodge.
A number of Lodge residents approached the musicians to thank them for their performances.
“It was such a beautiful performance and the music was so wonderful,” said resident Morris Shapiro. “Everyone in this room was so delighted to be able to hear it and we’re all just so grateful.”