Concordia Conservatory Annual Gala
Benefit Concert to Honor Kathleen Suss

Concordia Conservatory’s annual gala benefit concert will this year celebrate Executive Director Kathleen Suss for her 25 years of leadership. “SILVER” will be held on Saturday, February 5, with a 6:00 pm Hoch Chamber Music concert for a studio audience broadcast live from Sommer Center for the Performing Arts, followed by a dinner dance at the Bronxville Field Club. 


Broadway great Norm Lewis will make a return visit to the Hoch Series to perform in cabaret. Audiences will also be treated to the world premiere of “Bedrock, Gently Tilting,” a new chamber work by Matt Van Brink commissioned to honor Kathleen. Chamber music selections by Martinu, Schubert, and Ravel will be performed by Emerson Quartet violist and Hoch Chamber Music Series Artistic Director Lawrence Dutton, violinists Elizabeth Lim-Dutton and Emily Kalish, cellist Chungsun Kim, pianist Jon Klibonoff, guitarist Rami Vamos, flautist Clare Hoffman, and bassoonist Keith Kreindler. The event will be hosted by George Lekovic and Katie Suss. Benefit Committee chairs Claudia Amboss and Zlata Gleason, and Mayors Mary Marvin of Bronxville and Caroline Simmons of Stamford will also make appearances. 


Kathleen’s stewardship, commitment to community building, and formidable fundraising skills have elevated the Conservatory into a preeminent center for music education and the arts in Westchester and Fairfield Counties. Top-notch pedagogy, several beloved concert series, art and music therapy, summer camps, community outreach programs and more have touched countless people of all ages over the last 25 years. In addition to overseeing the Conservatory’s steady growth in prestige, enrollment and programming, Kathleen’s major accomplishments include establishing a second campus in Stamford, CT; launching a range of innovative solutions to ensure the continuation of lessons and performances throughout the pandemic; and in 2021, successfully transitioning the Conservatory to independence upon the closure of Concordia College New York.  


“SILVER” will support the Conservatory’s ongoing effort to make music available to all. Funds raised will support scholarships and outreach, music and art therapy programs, concert series, the Community Musical, and the Conservatory’s endowment, general fund and Stamford campus.

Tickets for the in-person concert and dinner dance are $250. A link to the broadcast concert is $50 per household. To purchase tickets call 914-395-4507. The Conservatory has set a fundraising goal of $250,000. Donations may be made at