UPDATE May 8, 12:15 pm: Nina Totenberg reports that Roman Totenberg passed away early this morning. He was still teaching yesterday. Our thoughts are with Nina and her sisters.
Roman Totenberg is teaching a lesson.
In a hospital bed in his Newton home, he listens to his student Letitia Hom playing the Brahms violin concerto.
In 2009, we got used to seeing angry mobs descend on public forums with
vengeance in their hearts. So for anyone who'd been to a town-hall forum on
health care, the scene at Boston's Old South Church on January 5 was eerily
familiar -- an older audience, larger than you'd expect (the organizers put it
at 400-plus), venting its collective spleen at hapless bureaucrats.
(Photograph by Michael Lutch)
Is there a pianist in the house?
Moved and excited by pianist Leon Fleisher’s performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Boston Symphony, I wanted to hear it again. But when I returned to Symphony Hall, I learned that around 6:00 PM that evening, a stomach flu had forced Fleisher to cancel, and that the distinguished Austrian/Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti, in town to hear his son Julian (one of the BSO’s two new assistant conductors) in his BSO conducting debut, agreed to go on, without any rehearsal, in Fleisher’s place.