Devoted Philadelphia Orchestra Patrons Endow Two Musician Chairs
(Philadelphia, April 9, 2018)––The Philadelphia Orchestra recently received two pledges to name and endow important chairs of the Orchestra. Peter A. Benoliel has endowed the Joseph Brodo Chair in the Second Violin section, currently occupied by Booker Rowe, and Hannah Henderson has endowed the Hannah L. and J. Welles Henderson Chair in the horn section of the Orchestra, to be held by Associate Principal Horn Jeffrey Lang. Named, endowed chairs are critical to the artistic excellence of the Orchestra, providing sustained annual income that enables the organization to recruit and retain the finest musicians in the world.
Mr. Benoliel’s gift to endow the Joseph Brodo Chair pays tribute to his former violin teacher, Joseph Brodo, who served as a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 1918 to 1924 and then again from 1943 to 1960. This is the second chair Benoliel has endowed in the Orchestra––the first being the Peter A. Benoliel Chair, occupied by Principal Second Violin Kimberly Fisher. A passionate supporter of music in Philadelphia, Benoliel has been attending Philadelphia Orchestra concerts since Leopold Stokowski served as music director. In addition, he is a distinguished civic and business leader, having served as CEO of Quaker Chemical Corporation and director and chairman of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, among other roles. He has played an equally impressive role as a volunteer leader, serving as an emeritus trustee of the Curtis Institute, chairman emeritus of the Settlement Music School, and former chairman of the Orchestra’s Board of Directors.
“I feel honored that Peter Benoliel would honor my chair with the remembrance of his beloved teacher,” said Rowe. “I appreciate that he made this commitment to the orchestra through this meaningful contribution.”
A native of Boston, Ms. Henderson has been a subscriber and Philadelphia Orchestra fan for over 40 years. Having been raised in a family that always supported music, art, and education, she has always been passionate about the arts. Her late husband, J. Welles Henderson, led a distinguished law career and was also the founder and chairman of the Independence Seaport Museum and served on the boards of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the World Affairs Council, the Independence Hall Association, and the Fairmount Park Art Association, among others.
“It is truly an honor to have my chair endowed by Mrs. Henderson,” said Lang. “Her kind generosity and the support of many others keep the Philadelphia Orchestra one of the finest orchestras in the world.”
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Amanda N. Olszewski