Word has come over the past few days of the deaths of two noted classical music performers who were credited with, among other things, being hard workers and shunning public attention. Adolph Herseth was the Principal Trumpeter of the Chicago Symphony from 1948 to 2001 (who holds a job THAT long these days??) before retiring in 2004. He recently passed away at the age of 91.
Janos Starker is remembered for three things: his cello, his scotch and his cigarettes. The great cellist, who refused to sway, bow, dip and all the other things that he thought cellists shouldn't do while performing, passed away in hospice this week at the age of 88. We're not kidding about his vices, either. He once walked out of a performance because the hall wouldn't let him have his usual pre-concert puff!
Here are links to the New York Times obituaries for both men:
by Scott Hooper 4/30/2013