Schenectady County Initiative Program

Award Date: April 2012


The Schenectady County Initiative Program (CIP) has awarded $1,000 to support the Union College Concert Series during the upcoming 2012-13 season: The 41st Annual International Festival of Chamber Music.


The Union College Concert Series (UCCS) was founded in 1956 to bring world-class classical musicians and ensembles to the Capital Region.  The current season offers 15 concerts including chamber groups, vocal and instrumental recitals, chamber orchestras, and early music ensembles.  These world-renowned artists appear annually in the Capital Region for the sole purpose of appearing on our series. UCCS is a volunteer organization guided for the past forty years by Daniel Berkenblit, whose superb artistic direction developed the program into one of the leading presenters of classical music on the East Coast.  Retiring at the end of the 2011-2012 Season, Berkenblit has turned direction of the series over to experienced arts administrator Derek Delaney.

The mission of UCCS is to offer remarkable artist performances at affordable prices, encouraging broad access to the arts for people from all walks of life throughout Schenectady and surrounding communities.  For only $25 and less ($11 by subscription), people can enjoy artists such as pianists Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman; Metropolitan Opera soprano Christianne Stotjin; violinists Christian Tetzlaff and Julia Fischer; and the Emerson string quartet among many others.  UCCS also distributes no less than 500 free tickets to students throughout the region to encourage participation by young people.