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A Night of Music for Howard Cinnamon

Howard Cinnamon. Photographer: Zack Lane
Howard Cinnamon. Photographer: Zack Lane

Hofstra students, graduates and faculty will present a concert in memory of longtime music professor Howard Cinnamon on Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m. at The Helene Fortunoff Theater. Dr. Cinnamon – remembered as “a devoted and exceptional teacher, and a model of leadership” by Music Department Chair Philip Stoecker – served on the Hofstra faculty from 1985 until his death in October 2017. The concert will feature works by Bach, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Vaughn, Williams, Elgar, Sondheim and Hofstra music professor Chandler Carter.

Dr. Cinnamon, 69, taught music theory at Hofstra. He grew up in Hicksville, NY, deciding at the age of nine that he would pursue a career in music. A respected conductor, he spent 25 years as the music director of the Island Symphony Orchestra, as well as  serving for many years as music director of the Bay Area Fine Arts (BAFA) Symphony.

“His love for music and care for his students made him a very special person. He was always supportive of students in the music department and took the time to attend student performances and recitals,” said Robert Lombardo ’12, a music teacher in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District on Long Island, who is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education at Hofstra. “Dr. Cinnamon worked with many Hofstra music students over the years and had a lasting impact on so many individuals in the fields of music education, merchandising, performance, and composition.”

Christina Cinnamo ’17 – a music teacher in Long Island’s Farmingdale School District – said: “Dr. Howard Cinnamon was a truly remarkable professor, theorist, and advocate for his students. He was profoundly generous with his time, insight, and counsel. While enrolled in his music theory courses, I remember stopping by his office countless times with a question or two regarding our current assignments. Without hesitation, he would always pause his own work to thoroughly explain the particulars of our present study. This attention to detail and ardent compassion was extended to each and every one of his students. His dedicated attendance at innumerable music department concerts, faculty performances, and student recitals spoke of his unyielding dedication to our department.”

Dr. Cinnamon served as interim director of the Hofstra University Symphony Orchestra and organizer and conductor of the University Chamber Orchestra and the Hofstra Summer Reading Orchestra. As a scholar and theorist he presented papers at conferences on the music of Brahms, Liszt, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, and published papers on Liszt, Schoenberg, Bach, Chopin, Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

Tickets to the memorial concert are $10 general admission, $8 for senior citizens. Members of the Hofstra community may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. However, proceeds raised from this event will benefit Island Symphony Orchestra’s Dr. Howard Cinnamon Scholarship Fund for deserving local music students. Tickets may be purchased through the Hofstra Box Office at 516-463-6644, online or at the door. For more information, call the Music Department at 516-463-5490.

(Please note, free tickets for Hofstra community members cannot be reserved online. They may be picked up at the Box Office.)

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