Where did I find the Christmas spirit this year?
At Bill and Judy Sloan's living-room Messiah, on Boxing Day!
I first wrote about their Messiah party two years ago, when I attended it for the first time. The couple has been hosting the private event since 1998 at their home, which once belonged to the late Alexander Borisoff, principal cellist of the LA Philharmonic, and where famous musicians such as cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, and violinists Jascha Heifetz and Nathan Milstein played, according to the LA Times.
Bill Sloan is a urologist as well as an amateur violinist and violin maker. Judy is a Southwestern Law School professor, pianist and mezzo-soprano. Together, they do all kinds of good for music in Los Angeles.
On Wednesday, singers and instrumentalists, professional and amateur, flocked from all over to their home on a hill in Los Feliz, Calif., for an evening of Handel happiness, lox and bagels, music instrument appreciation (there was at least on Guad, a Strad, Guarneri and Gagliano represented…) and for the truly hearty, more chamber music into the night. Frank Fetta conducted, and in the violin section, we had a special guest, Chicago Symphony assistant concertmaster David Taylor. The youngest violinist was nine (it was his first Messiah), and the oldest was 89 (NOT his first Messiah!)
No matter our differences in age, religion, ethnicity, experience, geography, language -- we can all make music together. We all DID make music together. Hallelujah!
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