“The inaugural DeMain Award for Outstanding Commitment to Music will be awarded to philanthropists Stan and Shirley Inhorn by the Madison Symphony Orchestra League” this month, writes Sandy Tabachnick in Tuesday’s (9/2) Isthmus (Madison, Wisconsin). “Named after music director John DeMain, the annual honor will go to an ardent supporter of the MSO and Madison-based music in general…. Stan began his long relationship with the MSO when he became a member of the second-violin section in 1964. He also joined the MSO Board of Directors in 1985. During that time, he was a professor of pathology and preventive medicine at the UW. In addition to being a tireless supporter of local music, he received the Gold Standard in Public Health Laboratory Excellence Award in 2009. Shirley is trained as a pianist and a biochemist…. The couple say they give generously because they love music and the community so deeply … [and] want to ensure that future generations can enjoy classical music. ‘We also wish to honor the rich legacy of music that we have enjoyed in Madison, and ultimately, to preserve the vibrancy of classical music in the face of competition from other art and entertainment forms,’ they added.”

Posted September 3, 2014