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FRED I. SILVER Fred I. Silver, 73, of Boca Raton, FL, passed away on October 9, 2009. Born March 30, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY, Fred was a nationally renowned musician, composer/lyricist, author and vocal coach. He touched thousands of lives and leaves a legacy of wit, talent and compassion. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music in 1961, he was the first recipient of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Award to a gifted composer for the Musical Theatre. A Master Steinway Piano Artist, he was half of the Duo-Piano team of DeMaio & Silver, where their performances in the 1970s at New YorkÌs Rainbow Room and Lincoln Center were legendary. In the 1970s and 80s Fred was a very influential part of the New York Musical Theatre scene, as a composer, author and vocal coach to major artists. His body of work includes seven musicals and over 120 choral pieces, most notably, the song, "The Twelve Days After Christmas" (1968) performed by Carol Burnett. He authored the book, "Auditioning For The Musical Theatre", which became the standard for students and aspiring performers. Among his numerous awards the most notable include Screen Actors Guild Certificate Of Merit, Best Score Nomination for the show, "In Gay Company," and multiple ASCAP awards. A highly sought after professor and guest lecturer, he shared his incredible knowledge with such institutions as Syracuse University, Juilliard, New York University and locally, he lectured at the Lifelong Learning Center at Florida Atlantic University. In the 1990s, Fred moved to South Florida and eventually settled in Boca Raton. He continued writing and performing, but his greatest joy was teaching and coaching talent. His students marveled at the depth of his skills, which brought out the best in them. He will leave a huge void in many peopleÌs lives. We will miss his brilliant talent, his wonderful humor, his abundant capacity to love, and his compassion for people and animals. He was a treasure for us all to cherish. He is survived by his sister, Francine Firestein; brother, Robert Silverberg; nieces and nephews, Sharon Joy and Andrew Seth, Abby Lynn and Mark Frank; cousin, Douglas Marlowe and partner, Thomas Caskey. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, October 19 at 3:30 PM at the Science of Mind Center, 2 SW 12th Ave, Boca Raton (561) 368 8248. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society. To express condolences and/or make donations Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries
Published in The Palm Beach Post on Oct. 13, 2009
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