It is with deep, deep sorrow that I say goodbye to Maestro George Cleve. He passed away this morning. I will miss him greatly. My heart aches.
George was the conductor of San Jose Symphony when I was first admitted to the orchestra. He was fiery. He scared some people. He angered others. I had played under a fiery conductor for my four years of high school, so I was used to that and, to be honest, just assumed that was the norm. For me he was wonderful. He taught me so much about music … not about the written notes, but about what is beyond that. He taught me music. He and I had our “moments” and certainly not all was peace and joy, but I loved him, and was able, some years ago, to tell him that.
I’m so very sad. I’m so very grateful. And I’m still in a bit of shock, even while we all knew he was in poor health.
I love you, George. Thank you.
Here are a few videos, including one where he is just speaking … so good to be able to hear his voice!