Long-ago slice of life of steveroni
|Maestro Josef Kripps shouted, "Sing, SING!"|
MY LIFE, MY MEMORY
A MEMORABLE SUMMER
Some years ago, after my first season with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, at age 20, I had a cyst removed from left side of my neck and I can still today feel the warm blood trickle down my neck and chest and arm.
Surgery was in the doctor's office. Tests showed a non-malignancy, but it sure made violin playing uncomfortable for several weeks. I had (still have) on my violin a rosewood chin rest, and it became more red (with blood) as the days went by.
Doctor said, "Don't play for a few weeks", but I was leaving in a short time for Tanglewood (Lenox Massachusetts), and had to practice like mad for those orchestra seating auditions.
It was a great summer musically, for me, many true learning experiences--studying with members of the Boston Symphony. I felt well-blest to be playing under some famous conductors that summer; Aaron Copeland, Charles Munch, Leonard Bernstein, etc.
Gregor Piatagorsky--world-famous' cellist of the day--was my chamber music coach for one week, and Richard Bergen, Boston Symphony concertmaster, led our small group for two weeks. I got to play first violin in a piano quintet group, with William Kroll's (violist and composer) daughter playing viola. Ah, memories (again!)
Lagniappe: Prior to the summer Tanglewood experience, my rather well-to-do Uncle T. sent me to his own "special" doctor for that cyst removal, saying everything would be "taken care of" and that the doctor had instructions to "take care of everything."
Well, I got the bill several weeks later for $1,100 (helluva lot in 1950's) . But Uncle Tony had made it sound like HE would foot the bill. We live, we learn--there IS no free lunch. So I took care of it
This may be a re-post from 2 years ago
I just do not remember, and too lazy to
look it up!