Honoring Edgar and Nancy Muenzer, founders of the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Illinois State Senator Laura Murphy each made proclamations which were presented at the Founders’ Memorial Valentine Concert here on February 8.
Rep. Schakowsky read her proclamation, “Tribute to Edgar and Nancy Muenzer and the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra,” into the 115 th Congressional Record, first session on February 2 in Washington, D.C.
The Proclamation concludes: “Mr. Speaker, I ask the House of Representatives to join me in honoring the late Edgar and Nancy Muenzer and the members of the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra for their dedication to cultivating enriching classical music in the community. I congratulate them and wish each of them every success in their upcoming “Founders’ Memorial Concert.” Illinois’s Ninth Congressional District is proud to be home to the brilliantly talented members of this organization, and for their outstanding gifts, leadership and service, these members are worthy of the highest praise.”
State Senator Laura Murphy secured Senate Recognition for the orchestra at the Illinois 100 th General Assembly in Springfield on February 8. In part, it reads that the Senate...”commends PRCOrchestra for its continued commitment to bringing inspiring music to the community.” The plaque was presented by longtime Park Ridge resident Noreen Murphy.
PRCOrchestra Board President Pam Benitez said that, “Nancy and Edgar understood how valuable the arts are to people, and this Congressional Proclamation is enormously encouraging to us going forward.”
Music Director Victor Muenzer said that, “This concert was a real labor of love for all of us, and we were honored to receive recognition at the national and state levels. It was more meaningful than I can say, and I know our founders would be very proud to have made such an impression.”