Archive for June, 2006

On a personal note, we had to put our dog, Minnie, to sleep yesterday–a very difficult experience. She came into our lives in 1990 just after we were married–so the two boys came into this world with mom, dad and dog–their older sister! When I knew she was slowing dying, I brought her to the piano and let her lie down quietly and listen to Chopin Waltzes and some Beethoven. She had already been deaf from vestibular disease three years ago, but I knew she could hear through the floor. When she was younger, she would come into the roon where I was teaching DMA students, and if it was good playing, she stayed. If they weren’t playing well, she always got up and walked out (reminded me of my teacher, Adele Marcus–who would just leave the room when we played less than up-to-snuff!) When she left the room, the students would laugh, and I’d say, ‘The dog is your best teacher!!’

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The Billy Joel “Symphonic Fantasies for Piano and Orchestra” makes its second stop after the premiere at the Eastern Music Festival with the Indianapolis Symphony on July 7 and 8 to celebrate their 25th Anniversary Prairie Summer Series. Stuart Malina will conduct. If you are nearby, please come to the concert–would love to see you there!!

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