Giving to Make MSM Students Great
Frank Bamberger was born in Germany and arrived in the U.S. with his family in 1940. They lived near a relative in Queens and Frank attended The City College of New York, where he majored in business administration. After college he worked as a credit manager in New York City.
After his firm moved to Florida, Frank reinvented himself, volunteering at Big Apple Greeters, Miramar Ski Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, and other walking groups. Frank inherited his love of the outdoors from his mother. She often hiked and cross-country skied in the Black Forest of Germany. Frank tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible, leading walks on Fire Island, and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at his own pace. Frank has traveled the world from Thailand to Antarctica, participates in a senior current events group at the Jewish Community Center, and volunteers at Temple Emanu-El.
He also indulges in his love of classical music. Frank's appreciation of classical music came from his mother as well. He remembers WQXR, New York City's classical music radio station, always being on in his home, and he readily absorbed the music of the classical and romantic masters—Beethoven and Brahms among them. Although Frank never took up a musical instrument himself, he attends numerous concerts throughout the year. While he often listens to music on the radio, especially while driving, he frequently attends the symphony, opera, and recitals, and particularly relishes hearing choral works. He attended four performances of Handel's Messiah this season alone!
It was his concert-going habit that introduced him to Manhattan School of Music. He has been coming to the School's concerts and other performances for years, especially the choral, opera and vocal recitals.
He has been particularly fascinated by master classes in voice at MSM. "While watching great artists and teachers working directly with the incredibly talented students, you gain an understanding of the many subtleties involved with becoming a great soloist and performing for an audience," Frank says. "No matter how good a singer may be, the teacher will find some wonderful way to improve his or her performance."
The accessibility of MSM performances is something that he appreciates. He is also enamored of the international community at the School. "Students come to MSM from every corner of the globe," he says. "The breadth and diversity of the student body is a real strength of the School."
Frank's devotion to classical music and the education of young musicians led him to make a generous planned gift to MSM. "Sustaining the repertoire of great classic works is so important to me. Audiences for classical music are aging, so it's especially critical to support the young people who are involved with classical music today. Making a gift to MSM in my will is my way of ensuring that Manhattan School of Music, and the gifted students who train here, will make the magic of classical music available for generations to come."
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