Back in 1984 Dylana performed the Sebelius Concerton with The Hartford Symphony Orchestra at the Bushnell Auditorium. She literally brought the house down and received a most favorable review from Steve Metcalf in The Hartford Courant.
However, at that time, an institution in the west, L.A., took back the 1743 Guarneri 'del Gesu' it had been lending her, putting her in the position of many string performers of not having an adequate instrument.
Touched by her plight, and having the means of communication at the time, I began to write letters to people in the media, as well as muisical figures.
At the time, many of the replies were more expressions of admiration for my concern than offers of assistance. However, I did connect with the then manager of WCRB, Waltham, MA, who had recently sponsored a performance of the Bruch COncerto at Boston Symphony Hall, featuring Dylana and The Boston Symphony. I do believe that this may have led, at least indirectly, to her receiving a Strad from a prominently influential group.
In April of 1986 I attended a performance of the Beethoven Concerto with the Philhnarmonia Orchestra of Yale in New Haven. After the concert I met her, and her Father, Lee, Mother, Ana back staage. Her mother stated, "I still can't hear her. The reviews were nothing to enclose in one's momory book.
Since then I have not been able to reach her family, formerly living in New Rochelle, NY. Nor do I know what has become of her. It had been suggested to me that she may be abroad, possibly in Japan.
I do not know whether her parents are still living.
For years I have thought her a high ranking performer, but not receiving the kind of management or contacts that, say, Ann Sophie Mutter enjoyed, she, Mutter, being a protege of Von Karyjan (sp).
Mrs. Jensen told me many times that the American musician does not receive the attention that is given in Europe, for example.
I have her recording of the Sebelius coupled with Rhondo Capricisso by Saint-Saens with Ormandy and the Phidelphia. It. is wonderful.
Incidentally it was her parents wish, had she been born a boy, to give the name Dylan , in honor of Dylan Thomas. Being a girl, hence the name Dylana.
Would be most interested in her present whereabouts and updated news about her family, career, etc.
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