For only the second time in 23 years, the forecast forced the concert indoors. But the audience was anything but under the weather! Approximately 200 Friends and local community members gathered to enjoy "Celebrating American Composers" in commemoration of the founding of Ithaca College in 1892.
Incoming Friends president Jerry Dietz '75, Parent '10, opened the concert with a welcome to guests and a heartfelt acknowledgment of Beverly Baker '54 and Baker Travel for 22 years of sponsoring the event. He then introduced President Tom Rochon, who spoke about the importance of the Friends and gave an update about Ithaca College. Following his remarks, President Rochon introduced conductor Matthew Marsit and the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, who entertained and challenged the audience with a lively performance.
The Friends of Ithaca College rang in the holidays at their 2014 annual dinner and business meeting. Over 100 Friends and guests gathered to celebrate the partnership between the Friends and Ithaca College. During the festive dinner, President Tom Rochon spoke about the importance of the Friends to Ithaca College, thanking them and calling them “Friends of the future.”
Friends president Laurie Linn acknowledged the Friends Executive Committee and Advisory Council members, along with the Friends scholars. Laurie also acknowledged next year’s incoming Friends president, Jerry Dietz '75, Parent '10. Friends scholar Benjamin Parkes ’16 shared his experiences as a student and Friends scholar, thanking the Friends in the room on behalf of all the scholars.
The musical portion of the evening included performances by the Ithaca College Brass Choir, led by Keith Kaiser; Women’s Chorale, led by Janet Galvan; and Jazz Ensemble, led by Mike Titlebaum.