13. May 2022 · 2 comments · Categories: Losses

I just received news that Henry Mollicone has died. Such sad news. I worked with Henry when he conducted musicals in San Jose (I think at that point the group was called American Musical Theater of San Jose but I’m not positive). I also had to joy of hearing his wonderful compositions, both with Opera San Jose and with San Jose Chamber Orchestra. I read that he was in the process of writing a new opera, and I do hope it will be completed.

And here is a documentary on his opera “The Face on the Barroom Floor”

19. April 2022 · Comments Off on Radu Lupu 1945 – 2022 · Categories: Losses

I was so sorry to read of Radu Lupu’s death. He had withdrawn from performing in 2019, and I read now that he had some serious health issues, but what a loss to the music world.

He played with San Jose Symphony a few times (the first while I was there was when I joined the orchestra in the 1975-76 season, and he played Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1). SUCH a fine, fine musician. Not showy. He just oozed music. He also played with Midsummer Mozart at least once.

I’m in shock, as I didn’t even know she was ill, but I just read this, from Delmar Williams, on a Facebook group:

Her performance of Rite of Spring begins at 1h 9m. She speaks at 21m10s briefly @ 2m HERE.
Julie Giacobassi, English horn San Francisco Symphony from 1981 to 2006 and Honorary Member IDRS, has died after a long illness. Our most sincere condolences to her husband, Zach, relatives including her sister-in-law Beth Giacobassi, bassoon/contrabassoon Milwaukee Symphony and members of the San Francisco Symphony. I’ll you know if I see an obituary.

Update: I have since read that she suffered from ALS.

New York Times Article

20. August 2021 · Comments Off on Maestro Michael Morgan 1957-2021 · Categories: Losses

Sad news.

28. April 2020 · Comments Off on Lynn Harrell January 30, 1944 – April 27, 2020 · Categories: Losses

Such a huge loss. He was an amazing musician, and any time he came here was a true delight as well.

30. March 2020 · Comments Off on Krzysztof Penderecki, 1933-2020 · Categories: Losses

In January 1999 Krzysztof Penderecki came and conducted San Jose Symphony. We played several of his works. He was no-nonsense, worked well, and I enjoyed him and his works very much. We of course played Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, but we also did his Symphony No. 4, which included some challenging but ultimately also very rewarding English horn work. (I had to verify what we played by finding a review. I’m glad I was able to locate one!)

Maestro Penderecki died yesterday. I was very sorry to read that news.

23. November 2019 · Comments Off on Sir Stephen Cleobury 1948-2019 · Categories: Losses, Ramble

I was sorry to hear of the death of Sir Stephen Cleobury when I woke this morning. You can read the announcement here

From Delmar Williams: “Eric Varner Associate Professor of Bassoon at Lynn University and owner of Trevco-Varner Music, has died suddenly while on tour with his trio in Thailand. This is a terrible loss for the double reed community. If I get any further information I will post it.”

I have since heard that Dr. Varner died of a heart attack on October 4. I know there are many who are devastated by this news. He was only 45 years old

I’m very sad to read of the death of Ms. Norman. She performed with us in San Jose many years ago. I wish I could remember what was on our program. I’m thinking it was Mahler, but I can’t remember what. I’m sure a colleague will enlighten me.

“Why should one bother to be mediocre?”