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Lawrence Dutton and Elizabeth Lim-Dutton to Be Honored at Concordia College's 36th Annual Community Dinner


By Staff, Concordia College

Oct. 11, 2017:  Bronxville residents Lawrence Dutton and Elizabeth Lim-Dutton will receive the President's Award for Excellence in Service to the Community at Concordia College's 36th Annual Community Dinner on October 25. The event recognizes outstanding civic leadership and celebrates the college's strong partnership with the community.

The Duttons have given Concordia College and the entire community much to be grateful for. These busy professionals (he the violist of the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet and she an in-demand violinist) have shared their time, energies, and prodigious musical gifts without reserve while raising their sons, Luke, Jesse, and Samuel.

Anyone who has attended the routinely sold-out performances of Concordia's Hoch Chamber Music Series is familiar with Larry's role as artistic director, whether he's sharing informed insights into the music or performing himself. Larry's role in making the series what it is today--a true treasure of Concordia College and the community--cannot be overstated. Along with the generosity and vision of the late Mary C. Hoch and her husband, Jim, and the energy and expertise of Kathleen Suss, executive director of Concordia Conservatory, Larry's talent, time commitment, and connections with fellow world-class artists have created a series that brings top talent to Concordia's own impeccable acoustic space, Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts, at ticket prices that are accessible to all.

Larry and Liz often perform together at Hoch Chamber Music Series concerts, where their joy in music--and joy in bringing their music home to their community--is palpable. "I've played all over the world," said Larry, "but this is special. The intimacy and acoustics of Sommer Center create a musical experience as it's meant to be: unamplified and free from the distractions of modern life. I especially love that so many children attend; the series provides a great opportunity to expose our kids to the arts and still be home by bedtime. Geographically, we're close to all that New York City has to offer, but getting there can be hard for busy people, and hearing music at this level so close to home is a rare convenience." 

The couple's additional civic leadership includes Liz's service on the Bronxville School's Performing Arts Committee and on the programming arms of both the PTO Board at Chapel School and the board of directors of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library. Liz and Larry each served on the advisory board at Concordia Conservatory, and Larry has been a tremendous resource in finding and recruiting faculty for the conservatory. In addition, the Duttons are founding members of Trinity Church in Rye, a church plant of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. 

The community dinner will feature a personal retrospective from Ara and Jan Guzelimian, longtime friends of the Duttons. Ara is the provost and dean of The Juilliard School and was formerly head of the Aspen Music Festival, where Larry and Liz first met. The program will also include a musical tribute by conservatory faculty members Marija Ilic and John Klibonoff.  

Lawrence Dutton has collaborated with many of the world's great performing artists, including Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leon Fleisher, Paul McCartney, Sir James Galway, Andre Previn, Yefim Bronfman, Misha Dichter, Joshua Bell, and Emanuel Ax. He has also performed as guest artist with numerous chamber music ensembles such as the Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.

Since 2001, Mr. Dutton has been the artistic advisor of the Hoch Chamber Music Series at Concordia College. He has been featured on three albums with the Grammy-winning jazz bassist John Patitucci and tours regularly with cellist Ralph Kirshbaum and violinist Robert McDuffie. With the Beaux Arts Trio, he recorded the Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Op. 57, and the Fauré G minor Piano Quartet, Op. 45, on the Philips label. His Aspen Music Festival recording with Jan DeGaetani for Bridge records was nominated for a Grammy award. For BRAVO television, he recorded works by Stravinsky and Hindemith.

Mr. Dutton has appeared as soloist with many American and European orchestras, including those of Germany, Belgium, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Colorado, and Virginia. He has also appeared as guest artist at the music festivals of Aspen, Santa Fe, Ravinia, La Jolla, and Chamber Music Northwest and collaborated with the late Isaac Stern in the International Chamber Music Encounters both at Carnegie Hall and in Jerusalem. From 2008 to 2010, he performed at the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea.

Currently professor of viola and chamber music at Stony Brook University, the Manhattan School of Music, and Mercer University in Georgia, Mr. Dutton began violin studies with Margaret Pardee and began studying viola with Francis Tursi at the Eastman School. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at The Juilliard School, where he studied with Lillian Fuchs, and he has received honorary doctorates from Middlebury College in Vermont, The College of Wooster in Ohio, Bard College in New York, and The Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. Mr. Dutton exclusively uses Thomastik Spirocore strings. Viola: Samuel Zygmuntowicz (Brooklyn, NY 2003). 

Elizabeth Lim-Dutton began violin studies at the age of three and performed in her first student recital at the age of five. She started attending the Aspen Music Festival at the age of eleven and subsequently followed her teacher, Dorothy DeLay, to New York at the age of fourteen. Studies were at the Professional Children's School, The Juilliard School (BM), and the Yale School of Music (MM).

Ms. Lim performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. She has toured the US as concertmaster for the New York City Opera National Company and has performed as a member of the New Haven Symphony, the Stamford Symphony, and the New York Pops, and she has performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra. As a member of Steve Reich and Musicians and the Steve Reich Ensemble since 1992, touring and performances have been in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The diverse musical life of a violinist in New York City has allowed Ms. Lim to record close to one hundred television and radio commercials and over sixty movie soundtracks and to perform in dozens of Broadway productions, most recently as concertmaster of Matilda, the Musical.

It has also allowed Ms. Lim to perform for and admire the artistry of musicians such as Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Jimmie Page, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Diana Ross, Natalie Merchant, Tony Bennett, Sting, and Bruce Springsteen, among many others. Solo recordings have been on the ESS.A.Y label for Philharmonia Virtuosi and on the Nonesuch label for Steve Reich's The Cave, City Life, Three Tales, Daniel Variations, and Music for 18 Musicians, which won a Grammy Award in 1998 for Best Performance by A Small Ensemble. Violin: Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris, 1864).

Pictured here:  Larry Dutton and Elizabeth Lim-Dutton.

Photo courtesy Elizabeth Lim-Dutton


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By Donna Ruhanen, Marketing Chair, The Community Fund Nov. 28, 2018:  The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Inc. is currently accepting grant applications for the 2019 fiscal year...

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Community Service Organizations Directory

Community Service Organizations

Bronxville Beautification Council

Organized in 1982 and incorporated in 1993, the Bronxville Beautification Council (BBC) is a not for profit organization administered by a Board of Directors. Its mission is to enhance and maintain the natural and man-made beauty of Bronxville Village, with emphasis on the downtown business district of Bronxville. The BBC uses the dollars raised in its annual spring solicitation letter to residents to fund the mum, tulip and summer flower plantings downtown and at traffic intersections, as well as the summer hanging baskets. Every few years the group spearheads such major endeavors as the renovation of Leonard Morange Square on the west side of the railroad tracks and the beautification of the Lawrence Hospital traffic circle, which included the addition of plants and the building of the fountain that now makes a gracious western portal to our town. The BBC also works with other civic groups to monitor the aesthetics of retail signage, the consistency of sidewalk materials, and litter and graffiti. During Beautify Bronxville Week, the BBC sponsors a poetry reading and works with Scout groups on the annual village clean-up. To learn more about how you can contribute to the efforts of the BBC, with time, money or planting, please email Karen Day. President: George C. McKinnis

Karen Day
Bronxville Beautification Council
PO Box 127
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Boy Scouts

The village of Bronxville has a long tradition of scouting. “The troops and packs of Bronxville have maintained the finest scouting organizations and have taught the boys of the Bronxville area to be leaders and outstanding members of the local, national and global communities.”

There are several Boy Scout Troops in Bronxville, including Troops 1, 2, 4, and 5. Troops 1, 2, and 4 meet at the the Scout Cabin Troop 5 meets at the Reformed Church, and has a different web site . Brennan Carley is the Scoutmaster.

Joseph Stineman
President of Bronxville Scout Committee, Inc.

Bronxvillle Girls Scouts

The Girls Scouts is “the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.” In Girl Scouts, “girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Through the many enriching experiences provided by Girl Scouts, they can grow courageous and strong.”

Bronxville Volunteer Director: Patricia Meyers
364 Gramatan Avenue
Mount Vernon, New York 10552-3294

Bronxville Historical Conservancy

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was founded in 1998 to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the village. The Conservancy furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures and special events that foster an awareness of the village's architectural, artistic and cultural heritage, and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies. Anyone who is interested in the Bronxville and its history can become a member; varying levels of membership are available. Board of Director Co-Chairs: Jayne Warman and Robert Wein.

Bronxville Historical Conservancy
PO Box 989
Bronxville, New York 10708


Bronxville League of Woman Voters

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that “encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy though education and advocacy. The Bronxville League serves Bronxville, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Mount Vernon and Yonkers. Their primary duty is “voter service, registering new voters and keeping the public informed of important issues being considered and voted on by governing bodies.” They have monthly board meetings and monthly coffee meetings, where there is usually a speaker to talk about a current issue. They organize and moderate candidate forums for local government elections and periodically hold public meetings on a topic of interest with a guest speaker. They also put out a monthly bulletin. President: Adelaide DiGiorgi, Editor of Newsletter: Janet Jaidi
P.O. Box 321
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville PTA

The Bronxville PTA is “the umbrella organization that presides over and is the primary source of funding for the Elementary, Middle and High School Councils. They raise money through their annual Memorial Day fundraiser and through PTA membership dues and provide approximately $100,000 to the Elementary, Middle and High School Councils. “Advocacy, education, training and support are their key areas of focus.”
177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville School Foundation

The Bronxville School Foundation, founded in 1991, is a non-profit organization independent from the school with the sole purpose of supporting the school. The Foundation raises money each year through donations from school families, community members, and alumni, among others.These contributions fund grants that provide cutting-edge technology, innovative programs and curriculum and other resources that are beyond the scope of public school funding.
For further information please contact: Executive Director, Peggy Williams (, Chairman, Pierre de Saint Phalle

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Women’s Club

The Bronxville Women’s Club offers lectures, exhibits and concerts. It also has a beautiful clubhouse which is available for rental for events.

135 Midland Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Youth Council

The Bronxville Youth Council provides volunteer and leadership opportunities for high school students in the village of Bronxville. Director: Jillana Valente
177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-395-0500 ext 1789

Counseling Center

Founded in 1971, the mission of the Counseling Center “is to provide a wide range of psychotherapeutic and counseling services to individuals, couples and families by a staff of highly trained, experience and dedicated psychotherapists. Director: Richard W. Shoup

The Counseling Center
180 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester & Tuckahoe

The mission of the Community Fund is “to support broad social services in Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe through grants and technical support to local agencies and community projects. All money raised here in our community stays here in our community.” Director: Tracy Rutherfurd

15 Park Place
Bronxville, New York 10708

Friends of the Bronxville Library

The Friends of the Bronxville Library is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to focus attention on the “Library’s services, facilities and needs” as well as sponsor projects and provide materials that are beyond the reach of the Library’s regular budget and perform other services. President: Nina Evison


Junior League of Bronxville

The Junior League of Bronxville is “an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.”
PO Box 430
Bronxville, New York 10708

Lawrence Hospital Center Volunteer Services

The Lawrence Hospital welcomes volunteers to help in a variety of areas including working the Bargain Box resale shop, which is “the major fundraising effort of the Lawrence Hospital Center Auxiliary.” Volunteers also work in the Emergency Department, at the Information services Desk, in Patient Care in Food Services and other areas. Director of Volunteer Services: Terry Marino

55 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers noon day meals to the homebound elderly, ill or disabled. Monday – Sunday 11am – 1p

55 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Rotary Club of Bronxville

The mission of the Rotary Club of Bronxville is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster (1) the development of friendships within the community as an opportunity for service, (2) high ethical standards in business and professions, (3) the application of the ideal of service of each member to his personal and business and community life and (4) the advancement of international understanding, good will and peace through a world fellowship.” President: David McBride

Senior Citizens of Bronxville

Senior Citizens of Bronxville is a not-for-profit organization that provides services and programs to seniors within the 10708 zip code area. “Programs cover a wide range of activities from educational seminars and cultural enrichment, to community services, bridge classes and exercise.”

Bronxville Director: Sue Tozzi
200 Pondfield Road


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