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Leonard and Gwynne Horwits

Leonard and Gwynne Horwits

Leonard and Gwynne Horwits

"We are so fortunate to have the BSO here in Baltimore and are pleased to give our legacy support to help sustain the BSO for generations to come."

Originally from New York City, Gwynne came to Maryland when she was four, after living in Europe with her family through her father's work as a physician. He next worked at PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) and the family lived in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. Gwynne's parents enjoyed classical music on the Victrola and the radio plus an occasional live concert. At age 8 Gwynne began piano lessons and at 9 she began classes at the Washington School of Ballet. She also developed a keen interest in international folk music, folk dancing, and Broadway musicals. At Oberlin College she was a biology/chemistry major in preparation for medical school and was with the Oberlin College Folk Dancers.

In Baltimore Gwynne met Leonard, originally from Philadelphia, during her second year at the University of Maryland Medical School, while Leonard was teaching science. He also had been a pharmacist, became a guidance counselor, and a professional artist of cityscapes and landscapes. He loved jazz and popular music. Together they have enjoyed many years with the BSO and its music directors — Comissiona, Zinman, Temirkanov, and now Marin Alsop — each making their unique mark on the symphony. Gwynne notes "the music talks to me in emotional and physical ways, reaching my whole being. Live music is so powerful: I am overcome by the beauty." Together they note that "we are so fortunate to have the BSO here in Baltimore and believe that helping to build the endowment through our legacy gift will help sustain the BSO for generations onward, for the community and for the children." Their gift will establish the Leonard and Gwynne Horwits Endowed Fund, with the income directed to support Artistic Excellence. The BSO is deeply grateful for their support.