The Leonard Rose Memorial Fund for Music and Arts was established by Stanley Rose and his wife Susan Thomas.


Stan is related to Leonard and grew up in Miami hearing of Leonard's deeds and accomplishments from "Uncle Harry," Leonard's father. Though actually cousins, Harry was Stan's surrogate grandfather and everybody's uncle. What Stan remembers most was when Harry wasn't bragging about Leonard, he was telling jokes.


The concept of the Fund initially was intended to endow the principal cellist chair for the WINTERGREEN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA and one cellist position in the Wintergreen Summer Academy. Wintergreen located about 40 miles west of Charlottesville, VA in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a most scenic community with skiing, golf and tennis. The Festival was created by Wintergreen residents in 1995, holding 3 in-home concerts. In 1996 there were 12 and in 1997 the first Wintergreen Music Festival took place. The principal cellist chair is held by Dr. Wesley Baldwin, professor of cello and youngest full professor at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Baldwin is also on the academy staff.


In Addition to the support of Wintergreen Performing Arts, contibutions have also been made in Leonard's memory to:

Charlottesville High School Orchestra
(supporting their world-wide travel schedule)

Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

WVTF Classical Radio


The Paramount Theater's Classical Circle Program





Leonard was considered by many in the classical music field to be America's golden age cellist. Leonard accomplished much, becoming associate principal of the NBC Symphony Orchestra at age 20; principal of the Cleveland Orchestra at age 21 and principal of the New York Philharmonic at age 26. He started his solo concert career in 1951 at age 33.


Leonard died of acute Leukemia in November 1984 at a relatively young 66. It has been a generation since his passing and most of the "Stars" of today were his students and grand students. The best way for anyone to know and appreciate Leonard to listen to his music and to talk to any of his 200 plus students including:

LYNN HARRELL
FRANCES STEINER

STEVEN HONIGBERG
YO-YO MA
RONALD LEONARD
DANIEL MORGANSTERN

Departed Artists
STEPHEN KATES
TOBY SAKS



At one point in his career, Leonard had 22 of his students playing in 4 major orchestras:

4 - PHILADELPHIA
5 - NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
6 - CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
7 - BOSTON SYMPHONY


With contributions from the Rose coterie, it is fortunate that we have been able to accomplish the original plans of supporting Wintergreen Performing Arts and to provide funds to local Charlottesville classical venues. By creating the Leonard Rose Memorial Fund website we are hoping to attract additional funds to allow us to expand the contributions for more scholarships.


For more information on Leonard and his career read "Leonard Rose, America's Golden Age and Its' First Cellist" by Steven Honigberg or purchase "Leonard Rose Live in Recital 1953-1960" on Vai Audio. This CD contains an extensive 20 page biography of Leonard by Susan M. Anderson. Much information on Leonard and his career exist on the internet, in books and on CD's. Brief biographies can be found at:

cello.org
Wikipedia-LeonardRose





Contributions to the Leonard Rose Memorial Fund may be sent to:

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF)
P.O. Box 1767
Charlottesville, VA 22902

or online at www.cacfonline.org

Please mark your check or online donation: "Leonard Rose Memorial Fund"


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