TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE
7:30 PM Thursday (TONIGHT)
Clayton Opera House
405 Riverside Drive
Under the direction of Chris Hosmer, the Northern Lights Orchestra, now in its 5th season, will present an evening of classical music to begin this year’s new Sidney T. Cox Memorial Concert Series.
The legacy of Sidney T. Cox will be perpetuated in this marvelous concert hall on the banks of the St. Lawrence thanks to his gift to the Northern New York Community Foundation. Its board has recognized him, his love of music and the North Country by permanently endowing the annual Sidney T. Cox Memorial Concert Series at the Clayton Opera House.
Sidney T. Cox came to the North Country in 1949 from New Hampshire when he joined the Watertown Daily Times as a reporter in Canton. He then reported in Watertown before becoming The Times’ chief political writer in Albany for five years. During those early years of Sid Cox’s life he gained an appreciation and love for the North Country.
Sid Cox left journalism in 1956 and changed careers becoming executive secretary of the New York State temporary commission on winter tourism – a stint of work that lead to the development of Whiteface and Gore Mountain ski areas as world class competitive venues in the Adirondacks. He was a member of the original Tug Hill Commission and later served as its chairman.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of New Hampshire which ultimately became part of the Toronto Dominion bank and one of the largest banks in New England.
His college years were divided by World War II. After graduating from Phillips Andover Academy in 1939 he attended Cornell University until 1943 when he joined the Army serving with the 63rd Infantry Division in France and Germany. When the war ended Sid Cox returned to Cornell where he earned a bachelors and master’s degree in English and music.
Sid Cox developed and nurtured a love of music at Cornell. After at Cornell he studied composition with Ray Harris, Aaron Copeland and Robert Palmer at Colorado College and Tanglewood. His works have been performed by the Syracuse Symphony where he was a member of its board of directors.
Sid Cox died at age 83 in Watertown, his adopted home. A lifelong bachelor, he divided his estate among Cornell University, the Nashua Charitable Foundation of New Hampshire and the Northern New York Community Foundation. The Community Foundation received about $5 million, the second largest gift in its history.