I was privileged to play in two concerts of the Plainfield Symphony (Brahms’ Second Symphony and a night of stunning opera music being two of my favorites) in which I’ve been a member of the violin section for forty-six years. Hard to believe! We’re still going strong and will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of our present maestro, Sabin Pautza, this coming May. Just playing under such an exciting, innovative conductor makes all the practicing worthwhile!
I also kept up my theater diet with such excellent productions as Tina Howe’s Birth and After Birth, Bhutan, My Name Is Rachel Corrie, Butley (with Nathan Lane), The Little Dog Laughed, Dai, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Spelling Bee, The Times They Are A’Changin.’ Grey Gardens, and Heartbreak House There were a couple of turkeys, which will remain nameless. And there was some good opera, thanks to my niece, Margaret Magill, who plays with the Met orchestra. And, as always, excellent chamber music.