The Lupe Murchison Foundation granted $500,000 to UNT for the Anshel Brusilow Chair in Orchestral Studies.
The gift will go toward a $1 million endowment to honor Brusilow, conductor of the UNT Symphony Orchestra and Regents Professor at UNT, who is retiring at the end of the 2007-08 school year. The proceeds of the endowment primarily will fund scholarships for orchestral students.
Brusilow, whose UNT career spans 35 years, conducts his final concert with the UNT Symphony Orchestra on April 23 before retiring. The April 23 program includes Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky (Op. 78), performed with the UNT Grand Chorus, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B minor, the "Pathetique."
An accomplished violinist who entered the Curtis Institute of Music at age 11, Brusilow served four years as associate concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra and seven years as concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Brusilow conducted the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1970 to 1973 and led the orchestra's first tours of Central and South America.
In 1973, he began his first tenure at UNT until 1981, with his second tenure from 1989 to the present. In addition to serving as the UNT Symphony Orchestra conductor, Brusilow established the UNT Chamber Orchestra in 1973.
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