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In Memoriam

CMS Remembers Shirley Young

January 4, 2021

The board, musicians and staff of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center deeply mourn the passing of Shirley Young, our volunteer International Advisor for many years and 50th Anniversary Gala honoree this past September.

With her deep belief in the power of music, extraordinary intellect, her advocacy for cultural exchange with China, her knowledge and support of young musicians, she was a towering guiding force in the classical music world. Because she loved chamber music, and was committed to excellence, we were privileged and so grateful to have her partner with CMS to guide and grow the appreciation and practice of chamber music in China to the point where it is now flourishing.

We will very much miss her wisdom, spirit, and unique friendship, and think of her every day as we strive to help grow her legacy. She was one of a kind.

Elinor Hoover, Chair
David Finckel and Wu Han, Artistic Directors
Suzanne Davidson, Executive Director

Read more about Shirley Young's remarkable life and contribution to the arts in the New York Times.