The Hartt family mourns the passing of long-time professor, Bernie Lurie, and extends condolences to his family.
Bernard Lurie, retired Concertmaster of the Hartford Symphony, CT Opera and Hartford Ballet passed away peacefully on March 31, 2016 at the age of 82. Bernie was born in Philadelphia on June 20,1933 to Bertha and Morris Lurie and was the loving brother of Ruth Lurie Snyder. Bernie was also a retired Professor of Violin, Viola, Ensemble, Conducting and Orchestra Studies at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. For 25 years he conducted the Greater Hartford Youth Orchestra (GHYO) with concert tours of Romania (1973), Switzerland (1976), England, Ireland and Scotland (1979), Italy (1983) and China (1987). He also founded the orchestra at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Bernie studied violin under world renowned pedagogue Raphael Bronstein who brought him to New York and then to the Hartt School where he earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. He was the recipient of several scholarships and fellowships including those awarded by Tanglewood and Hartt. Bernie was a former member of orchestras in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New England, and served many as Concertmaster including the Brattleboro Music Festival, Hartford Music Festival, New Haven Symphony "Concerts on the Green," as well as symphonies in Bristol, New Britain, Waterbury, Meridan, CT. He performed under the batons of such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Aram Khachaturian, Charles Munch, Lorin Maazel, Jorge Mester, Arthur Winograd as well as Arthur Fiedler and Lucas Foss. His former students continue to perform in major symphony orchestras and chamber groups around the world.
Bernie was a beloved husband of Sheila Lurie, loving father to Elena Lurie Meinhardt and Stephen Lurie, loving Poppy to Jillian and Garrett Meinhardt and Jadyn Rose Lurie. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 3 at 11am at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, 68 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, NJ 07039 with internment following at B'nai Abraham Memorial Park in Union, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Bernie to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy or Temple B'nai Abraham. The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Eilon Krok and the staff at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, NJ.