July 9, 2006 at 3:01 PMI finished the book “Heifetz as I remembered him” and enjoyed that very much. I did feel a little sad at the end. A great violinist dies all alone. Family and friends are important. I can live on music but friends and family are also important.
I guess the old stigma of not making it as a concert soloist, but only as a chamber ensemble musician, should not be surprising in a world where success is regularly measured by $$$, power (of the obvious variety) and popularity contests. Nevermind that chamber music, especially trios and quartets, can often be more deep and profound than the more popular fare.
Anyway, did you know that the Guarneri Quartet plays annual programs at the Met Museum? Maybe we should see about attending a performance or two together at some point. IIRC, the price of admission is very reasonable -- and certainly very affordable by NYC standards. I had been meaning to attend since I first found out about it some 10 years ago, but never got around to it. Check the Met Museum's website to see what's coming -- I believe the Guarneri's schedule is usually slated for autumn through winter on a roughly monthly basis.
Also, if you're interested in making a little trip up to Newport, RI, the Newport Music Festival is running right now (thru end of next week) w/ chamber music concerts held inside the various mansions there. Very nice atmosphere for listening to chamber music. Nat and I attended one of their Beethoveniad(?) series back before we had Jackie. IIRC, they're running a Schubert series right now, which is great if you want to listen to some great string quartets (and quintet also).
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