Sunday, November 18th, 2012
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
St. Ann's Church
157 Montague St
Nicholas Armstrong, Artistic Director
In collaboration with Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music
A joint concert to honor the memory of Justice Gustin L. Reichbach (1946-2012) and Hope (1988-2011), daughter of Justice Reichbach and Ellen Meyers.
Engaged with radical politics at Columbia University School of Law, Justice Gustin Reichbach led student protests in 1968 and went on to a career as a fiercely independent lawyer and judge. He won a court case that helped legalize residential loft life in Soho and TriBeCa, blasted a state agency from the bench for ignoring Medicaid fraud and served as a judge on a war-crimes tribunal in Kosovo. He provided prostitutes with condoms, H.I.V. testing and counseling. To his delight, The Daily News called him the Condom Judge on its front page.
In May, Justice Reichbach wrote an op-ed article in The New York Times pleading for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. He himself was using it to ease his cancer treatments. Justice Reichbach died of pancreatic cancer in July 2012.
Hope Reichbach grew up in Brooklyn and attended Hunter College High School. In her senior year she teamed up with the New York Civil Liberties Union to sue then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for his illegal military recruitment tactics. City Councilman Steve Levin made Hope his Communications Director, and, at age 22, Hope ran for Female District Leader. As Hope for Brooklyn, she was recognized as a rising star in Brooklyn politics. She died in April 2011.
For friends, family and members of the Brooklyn community, this concert will hold a special meaning as Justice Reichbach had hoped to serve as narrator for the Beavers concerto. We thank Harris Yulin for offering to take his place.
All proceeds from this concert will be donated to the Hope Reichbach Memorial Fund, which provides scholarships for students in civic leadership and grassroots community organizing.
Octet in E-flat Major
Faculty and students of the Manhattan School of Music:
Christina Bouey, Xiao Wang, Holly Jenkins, Karen Dekker, violins
Celia Hatton, Nicholas Mann, violas
Grace Ho, David Geber, cellos
“Roscoe” Concerto for violin, narrator and orchestra
J Freivogel, violin
For Justice Reichbach: Harris Yulin, narrator