A New York poet and violinist has died

Friends are mourning the passing of Kate Light, a published poet, Hunter College teacher and a violinist in the New York City Opera orchestra. Kate, who was in her 50s, endured a struggle with breast cancer.

Among other works, she wrote librettos for two operas and a stage musical.

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  • A wonderful creative force, a gentle soul, and the most generous colleague imaginable. We will miss her very much.

  • My dearest Kate, I had no idea you were sick. I wish I could have been there for you.After all of our years as stand partners I have so many wonderful memories of this incredible “Rennaissance” woman,who despite her petite stature did everything with strength and courage. Your writing made me love poetry again.It was the first poetry I read to my daughter who now is a writer. When she was born ,you gave her a little stuffed bunny. She has carried it with her for 20 years and I always think of you. You touched more lives then you could ever know, Kate. I was so lucky to be one of them.

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