Today I received the call that Liddy (Elizabeth) Guiher had passed away in Maryland.
Everyone in the New York early music community knew Liddy. She was one of ARTEK's founding board members, and she had volunteered, attended performances and otherwise supported many other cultural organizations throughout her life.
For the past year, before she died, she visited Immanuel Lutheran Church every Sunday, walking up to the choir loft to say hello, and attending Midtown Concerts at Immanuel every Wednesday afternoon. I'm grateful that I ended up playing at a church right down the block from her apartment, and moving the concerts there, so that she had this pleasure right up until nearly the very end.
The concerts will continue, and I'm sure she's watching over us from somewhere, listening as she always did, applauding and saying, "play more!" and smiling down at us with her sunny, lovely smile.