THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS 2015-2016 Link Up sponsors
• National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Engagement in American Communities
• Alyce R. Erickson Field of Interest of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
• The Fremont Area Community Foundation
• Mary Ann Sherwood Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
• Maurice Libner & Susan Scupin in tribute to Robert Libner
• Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce
• Alcoa Whitehall Operations
• Comerica Bank
• Hines Corporation
• Jean & Clarke Manning Fund
• Michael & Kay Olthoff
• Mary Payne
• Samuel L. Westerman Foundation
• Joshua Gerlick & Leah Brockman
• Carla Hill
• Sawyer Family Fund
• Susan & Stephen Struck
• and many individual supporters!
Robert (“Bob”) Libner (1929 – 2016) was a distinguished lawyer who represented Muskegon’s sick and injured foundry and mill workers and their families for many years. He and his wife, Ruth, a history teacher, were both born and grew up in Connecticut, but settled and raised their family in North Muskegon.
Mr. Libner had a deep and abiding love of music. He studied the violin as a young boy, but ultimately could not resist the allure of football and hockey. His little sister, Susan Scupin, of St. Charles, Missouri, became the accomplished musician in the family, graduating from Oberlin Conservatory as a pianist and earned a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkley, with a specialty in Thai musical instruments.
Bob loved attending concerts by the West Shore Symphony Orchestra (as the West Michigan Symphony was then known) and he encouraged all four of his children to study music. Bruce Harwood, former concertmaster and conductor of the West Shore Symphony, patiently gave violin lessons to the oldest Libner child, Maurice, for 10 years. The other Libner children studied piano, flute and clarinet. When the children weren’t practicing their instruments, Bob often played treasured recordings of Zino Francescotti (Hungarian Rhapsody #5, Zigueinerweisen or Rondo Capricioso), while Ruth favored Tchaikovsky and Chopin’s etudes.
The donation to sponsor West Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s youth mentorship program for the coming season is made possible through the instruction and generous bequest of Robert Libner to his son, Maurice Libner of Brunswick, Maine along with a contribution by Robert’s sister, Susan Scupin, in loving memory of her late older brother.
Please consider partnering with us. If your organization would like to support this music education program please contact:
Karen Vander Zanden
Director of Education and Community Engagement
231 726-3231 x231