A Passion for Art and Music: Gene and George Rochberg
The world-renowned composer George Rochberg (1918-2005) and his wife Gene began their 50-year friendship with the Philadelphia Museum of Art as neighbors. In 1945, the young couple moved to Philadelphia so the late Mr. Rochberg could continue his musical studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. Their tiny first apartment was just blocks from the Museum, and Mrs. Rochberg has fond memories of pulling her son Paul's carriage up the front steps. She explains that, "While we were very poor, we felt we were very rich because of our proximity to the Museum." In 1996, the Rochbergs decided to give back to the Museum through a Charitable Gift Annuity, providing them with guaranteed, lifelong income while establishing funds for endowed concerts to be held in the Museum galleries and auditorium. The Gene and George Rochberg Music Series explores and reinforces the intrinsic connection between the visual arts and music, something very important to the couple and long celebrated at the Museum. "We want the contemporary art of our time to be encouraged, and at the same time we want to ensure that what is good from the past is preserved," Mr. Rochberg explained when the gift was made.
George and Gene Rochberg
“For us, the absence of art would be dreadful. We wanted to do something significant ... ” — The Rochbergs
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