BSO receives $7.5 million gift

April 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Robert and Megan O'Block, Lisbeth L. Tarlow and Stephen B. Kay, and Mark Volpe at Thursday's unveiling of the O'Block/Kay Room.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has received a $7.5 million grant, which was marked Thursday at a ceremony at Symphony Hall

The gift from benefactors Robert and Megan O’Block and Stephen B. Kay and Lisbeth L. Tarlow was recognized with a renaming of the the O’Block/Kay Room at Symphony Hall.

“We are so grateful for these extraordinary gifts from Robert and Megan and Steve and Lis, a group of individuals the BSO is fortunate to count among its most loyal supporters,” said managing director Mark Volpe in a statement released by the BSO. “These special longtime trustees and their spouses have shown a deep dedication to the BSO, epitomizing the best of the philanthropic spirit in Boston and beyond.”

Formerly known as the Hatch Room, the renovated social area was partly funded by this new gift. In addition to the new social space, the gift was made in operational support of the orchestra and toward the BSO’s endowment.

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