A much-loved New York conductor has died, at 70main
We have been notified of the death, from cancer, of Jonathan Strasser, after a richly variegated musical life.
He was a regular conductor with the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela in Caracas and, nearer hme, music director of the Staten Island Symphony.
He was an accomplished violinist, and a teacher in the Precollege Division of the Manhattan School of Music.
He made a cameo film appearance in the 1980 movie, Fame.
One student writes: ‘Mr. Strasser was THE music teacher in NYC for all aspiring young musicians.’
The funeral is today at 11.30 at Riverside Memorial Chapel.