7th Annual Beethoven Festival
A Salute to German Composers
Dr. Kathleen Pistone Carucci
June 25, 1930 – March 19, 2021
With deepest sorrow, the Board of Directors of the Fine Arts Orchestral Society announces the passing of our dear founder, Dr. Kathleen Pistone Carucci on March 19, 2021 at Lawrence Hospital.
Dr. Kay, a beloved Yonkers native, touched many lives throughout her life as an educator, philanthropist, classical music supporter, animal lover, cherished family member and friend.
In 1962, on their honeymoon in Italy, Conductor / Composer Pasquale A. Pistone and his bride conceived their dreams of establishing the Fine Arts Orchestral Society (FAOS) to fundraise and support the yet to be established Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) which would provide live, orchestral concerts, free-of-charge, to Yonkers residents.
As founder of the Fine Arts Orchestral Society (FAOS), Dr. Kay dedicated her lifetime to the promotion of the arts. Her vision, commitment and leadership have enriched Yonkers and its surrounding communities for more than 58 years.
Over the years, with the support of Dr. Kay, friends, neighbors and generous grants, FAOS/YPO, now in its 59th year, has continued to thrive. In recognition of Dr. Kay’s dedication and tireless efforts, the Board of Directors of the FAOS, established the Dr. Kathleen Pistone-Carucci Legacy Fund.
Born to Isabel and Thomas Farago on June 25, 1930, Dr. Kathleen Pistone Carucci attended St. Dennis Parochial School and Gorton High School. Dr. Kay, as she is affectionately known, earned her master’s degree in Psychology at Manhattan College and her Ph.D. from Yeshiva University. During her professional career with the Yonkers Public Schools, she was an elementary school teacher; Director of Staff Development; and a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet. As the Director of Performing Arts, Dr. Carucci was responsible for re-instituting the All-City Band and Choir.
During the early 1970’s Mayor Alfred DelBello appointed Dr. Kay to coordinate music and art festivals throughout Yonkers. She later served as Trustee for the Department of Parks. After that, she served as a volunteer with Mayor Martinelli as chairperson of “Square Under the Stars”; was responsible for organizing musical programs in order to generate interest in downtown Yonkers; and also initiated and organized the highly successful outdoor concerts at the Yonkers Cross County Shopping Center.
As chairperson of the Mayor’s Community Relations Committee, Dr. Carucci was involved in the re-institution of the “Christmas Tree Lighting”, a popular Yonkers tradition. She also worked closely with Senator Flynn in presenting concerts at the Hudson River Museum and Marina. May 15, 1987 was declared “Kathleen Pistone Day” by the Mayor and City Council of Yonkers.
Dr. Kay was, also, a member of the Columbus Day Committee and inducted into the Westchester County Hall of Fame. She has been recognized by many organizations including PTAs, the American Committee on Italian Migration, and the East Yonkers Rotary Club. Dr. Kay was on the Sacred Heart Church Advisory Council and Chairperson of Leadership Training Program for (YEFI) Senior Citizens in Yonkers as well as a Board member of the Beczak Environmental Educational Center.
Dr. Carucci also completed a Spiritual Development program in Westchester, trained in Bereavement at the Archdiocese of New York and was affiliated with the Thanatology Department of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. In addition to being a Bereavement Specialist, she was also a Pastoral Counselor.
Dr. Carucci was chairperson of the Enrico Fermi Scholarship Breakfast and initiated the Fine Arts “Pistone Music Scholarship Award” (now expanded into FAOS’ Young Artist Concerto Competition). Over the past 58 years, Dr. Carucci has served as an officer and now as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Fine Arts Orchestral Society of Yonkers.
In addition to Dr. Kay’s love for music, she was an avid animal lover, having treasured pets all her life. When she learned that the existing Yonkers Animal Center was in disrepair, she joined a group of like-minded citizens to raise funds for a new facility. As President of the Building Hope for the New Yonkers Animal Shelter, she successfully provided a new, state-of-the-art Animal Shelter in Yonkers.
Throughout her adult life, Dr. Kathleen Pistone-Carucci has been a fine example of a “Professional Volunteer.” Dr. Kay will be missed by a host of loving friends and family, but her legacy of Music, as well as her love for animals and for her city of Yonkers, will speak for her now and forever.
Music brings us together.
The Fine Arts Orchestral Society and the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra continue to bring music into our community. In this challenging time, we dedicate our upcoming 7th Annual Beethoven Festival Concert (April 18th) to the memory of our founder – Dr. Kathleen Pistone Carucci. Without her tireless efforts (both personal and financial) the Yonkers Philharmonic would not be able to provide pleasure to community performers and audiences alike. Please show your appreciation by donating what you can through the Yonkers Philharmonic website.
The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra presents YPO@Home
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Be sure not to miss YPO’s
7th Annual Beethoven Festival
A Salute to German Composers
On Demand Premier – April 18th
Featuring members of the YPO performing works including
- Fidelio Overture
- Trio For 3 Clarinets
- 3 Equali
- Piano Trio in B flat major
- Cello Sonata
- Sonata in A Minor for Solo flute
- Sonata for 4 horns
Sunday November 22, 2020 ” ¡Viva Latino! ” Concert Part II
The Q&A will occur at 3:30pm
Carlos Jimenez – Flute
- Maria Cervantes
- Soñando Con Puerto Rico
- Los Tamalitos De Olga
- Body & Soul
Urara Mogi, Violin
Reiko Uchida, (piano acc.)
- Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla
- Tango by Isaac Albeniz
- Estrellita “Star of Love” by Manuel Ponce
Reiko Uchida, Piano
- El Puerto by Isaac Albeniz
- A lenda do caboclo by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Live Q&A with YPO Music Director, Tong Chen, and concert artists
To join the Live Q&A, please send your request and question to
@Home – Viva Latino Part 1
Premiere November 8, 2020
Yonkers Philharmonic Orcheststra Tong Chen, Music Director
Ed Gonzales, Percussion, Guitar, Vocals
Donie Ryan, Tenor Banjo
Fung Chern Hwei, Violin
Alejandro Florez, Colombian Tiple, Guitar
- Christy Moore – Viva La Quinta Brigada & Three Traditional Reels
- Alejandro Flores – Llora, Llora
- Alejandro Flores – Danza Nublada
- Ricardo Gallo – Artificio Sebastián Cruz – Pajaro Nocturno
- Alejandro Flores – Mis Secretos
Filmed, recorded, edited and mixed at El Caldero Recording Studios in Brooklyn, NY by Sebastián Cruz
@Home – Music & Conversations with Bob Sherman and guest Adam Ray
Premiere June 28, 2020
@ Home with Tong
Premier June 14th, 2020
Congratulation to the Winners of the 42nd Annual Concerto Competition
See our first YPO@home event here!
Isaac Blackburn – Piano
First Prize $1,000 – The Josephine A Caruso Memorial Award
Prize funded by: Edward Plotkin and Andrew Romano
High School: Pelham Memorial High School
Music Teacher: Rie Matsumoto
Andreas Welch – Piano
Second Prize $700
Prize funded by: Anonymous and Helen Henkel*
High School: Berkeley Carrol School (NYC)
Music Teacher: Miyoko Lotto
Daniel Choi – Oboe
Third Prize $500
Prize funded by: Joyce Henery* in honor of Robert Sherman
High School: Riverdale Country School
Music Teacher: You Sun Chung
Anahita Subramanya – Voice
Fourth Prize $400
Prize funded by: Linda Sala and Annette Volino*
High School: Pleasantville HS
Music Teacher: Kathleen Donovan-Warren
Susanna Bobbs – Violin
Fifth Prize $200
Prize funded by: Helen Henkel*
High School: Saddle River HS
Music Teacher: Frank Huang
* FAOS Board Member
Bethany Bobbs – cello – 41st Annual Concerto Competition 1st Place Winner
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104 (Finale)
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FAOS – 2020 Best of Yonkers Awards
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Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to be supported by ArtsWestchester and Westchester County Government.
ArtsWestchester Community Service Award
Established in 1965 as the Council for the Arts in Westchester, we are New York State’s largest private, not-for-profit service organization, working to ensure the availability and accessibility of the arts for all of the county’s residents. In 1975, we were named by Westchester County government as the County’s designated arts council and we became one of several united arts funds in the country, providing grants and technical support to cultural organizations and artist residencies in the community.
ArtsWestchester gave the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra an award for Community Service in 2012.
Westchester Community Foundation