Tom Zajac – In Memoriam

Sep 21, 2015 | blog, Newberry Consort | 5 comments

It is with great sorrow that we share the news that our beloved colleague Tom Zajac has passed away. Tom was a special spirit; a tender, fierce, loyal friend and an inspiring and sensitive musician. The Consort musicians, Board, and community mourn his passing. Many of our audience will remember his last concert with us, when he was still recovering from one of his many surgeries for atypical meningiomas, the recurring brain tumors with which he was afflicted.

Tenor Matthew Dean remembers the World of Copernicus concert: “Tom Zajac lashed instruments to himself to play them one-handed, Odysseus at the mast on a taunting sea to which he would not yield. Tom was a finer musician and fuller soul at half-strength than any other I have known whole. His melodies will continue to navigate my life. The Heynal sounds in heaven today.”

We couldn’t have said it better.

Tom’s concerts with The Newberry Consort:

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  • 1999 Villon to Rabelais
  • 2007 The Play of Robin and Marion
  • 2008 What a Difference a Day Makes
  • 2009 Ecco la Primavera
  • 2010 Melody and Miracles
  • 2011 Rosa das Rosas
  • 2012 The King’s Noyse and Piffaro
  • 2012 Gaude, Mater Polonia: Music of Poland’s Golden Age
  • 2012 La Harpe de Melodie
  • 2014 The Feast of the Pheasant
  • 2015 Music from the World of Copernicus


Click here to read Tom’s full obituary…

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