I was sorry to read of Ward Swingle‘s death. He passed away on January 19.
I’m very sorry to read of the death of Claude Frank. I have many wonderful memories of playing Mozart with him, as well as with his late wife (who died in 2004), Lilian Kalir. Fine musicians, the both of them.
I just read of former San Francisco Symphony’s principal flutist’s death. His was certainly a name all knew in this area. He was 88.
I was shocked and very sad to come home from my music weekend to hear that Irene Dalis had died. I knew that she had been dealing with health issues, but this is so heart breaking.
This is such a loss. She did so very much for the city of San Jose, and I will remain in her debt.
Thank you, Irene, for everything.
I just read that composer Stephen Paulus has died. I’ve posted some of his choral music here on my Sunday morning and evening posts.
Twin Cities composer Stephen Paulus has died.
Paulus was among Minnesota’s leading classical composers. He wrote hundreds of works — including nearly 60 orchestral scores, 10 operas and 150 choral pieces.
“I am the most hated man in the world of opera,” he said, “but I am loved by the masses.”
Tibor Rudas died on September 8. You can read about him here.
He is the man mainly responsible for bringing us The Three Tenors and putting opera in arenas. I did both a Pavarotti and a Domingo show in this way. Did I do The Three Tenors? I honestly can’t remember! (I do remember Pavorotti telling the crowd, near the end of his performance, that singing in our arena — usually called the Tank these days, I think — was a horrible place to sing.)