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Lilo Kantorowicz Glick

BENNINGTON Lilo Kantorowicz Glick died late on Monday evening, June 3, 2013, in her home. She is survived by her two daughters, Judith Bettina and Jane Byaela; two grandchildren, Ariana Goldsworthy and Daniel Bodenheim; son-in-law, James Goldsworthy, and her many friends and students.

In an eighty-year teaching and performing career as a violinist, she conducted master classes at Stanford University and in Shanghai and Nanjing, China, and was a faculty member of the Mannes College of Music in New York City. She also taught violin and viola at Queens College, the Shanghai Conservatory, and Bennington College.

Her own orchestra experience included posts at the Baltimore, San Antonio and New Orleans Symphonies, the Women's Orchestra of Montreal, Canada, and Tommy Dorsey's orchestra.

Lilo's students included teachers, performers, and members of orchestras such as The Rotterdam Philharmonic in the Netherlands, La Scala Opera House orchestra in Milan, Italy, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Albany Symphony, and Sage City Symphony, among many others.

A graduate of Bennington College in 1984, she earned the Bachelor of Arts degree after concentrating her studies in theater, German literature and philosophy, and music composition.

Lilo dedicated herself as a performing artist to providing benefit concerts for communities in need, from the Bennington Food & Fuel Fund to assist people requiring help in paying for heating oil, to Red Cross relief efforts for earthquake relief in California, flood assistance to communities in Minnesota, New Orleans Hurricane Katrina relief, and disaster relief efforts as needed throughout the United States.

Her performances helped to raise funds for children victims of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster (upon invitation by the German government for a performance at Nikolai-Kirche in Berlin), refugees of Rwanda and Kosovo, families of 9/11 victims, Habitat for Humanity projects in Massachusetts and in New Jersey, scholarship resources for the Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary and School in Shushan, New York, and the Spring Lake Music School in New Jersey, and support for the Mount Greylock Regional High School arts program in Williamstown, Mass.

She had given numerous benefit performances and participated in worship services at Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Unitarian churches and in many Jewish temples. In the year 2000, she was a featured performer at the Conference on Christianity and the Holocaust at Saint Joseph's Seminary Chapel in Plainsboro, New Jersey.

One of her greatest community efforts, and one of particular heartfelt pride for Lilo, took place in her beloved Bennington. On the 5748 Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah in 1988, there were no services at the synagogue. Lilo was one of two members who attempted to gain entry to the building for private prayer, only to find the door locked. Having fled Nazi Germany in the 1930's, and now determined that the Bennington synagogue would be reopened, she then joined with Pat Barr and Rolf Sternberg to bring together the community to repair and restore the synagogue. Lilo's determination, along with others, rekindled the life of Congregation Beth El, now a thriving faith community in its second century of serving the Bennington community.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A funeral service will be held at MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME in Bennington, 628 East Main St., at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5.

Those interested in making a contribution in Lilo's memory to the Bennington Interfaith Council Emergency Food & Fuel Fund Inc. or Congregation Beth El in Bennington, may do so directly or through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home.


Published in Bennington Banner on June 5, 2013
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