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January 7th Declared Four Musical Giants Day in City of Cortland

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Correction: Original posting had the concert at 7pm. The correct time is 3pm.


During the City of Cortland Common Council meeting last night, a proclamation was read declaring this Sunday, January 7th as Four Musical Giants Day in Honor of Samuel Forcucci, Barbara Pauldine, Donna Anderson & Donna Yacavone.

On Sunday, at 3pm , at the United Presbyterian Church on Church Street in the City of Cortland, Cortland Music, Inc. will host a concert in-memoriam of the four individuals who enriched the lives of countless people through their teaching, inspiration, leadership and musical performance.

The proclamation described each work and career for the Cortland area. The description from the proclamation may be found below:

Samuel L. Forcucci lived a life in service to his country and community; his musical influence spanning 34 years as a music instructor at SUNY Cortland, 31 years as Music Director at St. Anthony’s and 21 years as Director of the Old Timer’s Band.

Donna J. Yacavone enriched the lives of others as a friend and music teacher at St. Mary’s School; Choir, Music and Liturgy Director at St. Margaret’s Church; and as Director of the Homer High School Band and Cortland Old Timers Band.

Donna K. Anderson was an endearing member of the SUNY Cortland music faculty for 30 years, and shared her gifts as a pianist with the community, students and colleagues among whom she was greatly admired.

Barbara B. Pauldine was beloved as a music educator who shared her time and talent, and inspired others to pursue professional music careers or follow their love of music and join with her in the Choral Union or St. Mary’s Choir.

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