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2011 Legacy Award Recipient

Legacy Award- Florida’s Intergenerational Orchestra of America, Boca Raton, Florida

The Florida Intergenerational Orchestra of America under the baton of its founder and conductor, Lorraine Marks, is an orchestra whose purpose is to “Bridge the Gap” between generations.  The orchestra consists of players ranging in age from 9 to 92 who mentor each other, providing encouragement to the young and meaningfulness to the lives of our senior citizens who have so much to offer in the way of knowledge and experience. The young musicians provide enormous incentive to the older players to teach, and, in some cases, to even get up in the morning and start the day, looking at the world with fresh eyes and dreams.  The fifty piece full orchestra and the fifteen piece chamber orchestra never turn people away who want to take part in the universal language of music.  Ms. Marks never gives a player more than they can handle, but weaves the abilities of the players into a delicate tapestry.  Operating exclusively out of Palm Beach County, the orchestra has averaged about eight concerts a season.  Through this orchestra, Ms. Marks continues the tradition she started when she founded the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra of America.  She conducted it at Lincoln Center and in Madrid, Spain on behalf of the United Nations convention on Aging Gracefully through Music. click to see picture of Florida’s Intergenerational Orchestra of America

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