WQXR Mother's Day Giveaway Winner

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The winner of the WQXR Mother's Day Giveaway is....

Audrey from New York, NY

She won dinner for four to Balthazar, a traditional French Brasserie located on Spring Street in Soho.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and we’ve been collecting stories from listeners about how their mothers influenced their taste in classical music. Tune in Sunday, May 9 to hear memories and requested songs.

Here's Audrey's memory of her mother and classical music:

My mother died last June 19th so this is a different kind of Mother's Day for me.  

At her funeral I spoke to her for the last time, telling her - and the family and friends gathered around the graveside - how grateful I was that she introduced me to classical music and enabled me to take piano lessons when I was a child.

The mahogany 1954 Steinway "S" (baby grand) that graces my apartment is her gift to me, too.

After nine years of study as a young person - most on this wonderful instrument -  I left piano, though I remained a lover of classical music.

In my early 50s I was looking for a way to be more creative in my life.   I was inspired to "return to piano" when I heard two beautiful pianists in a recital one evening in the Pitti Palace Courtyard in  Florence on a summer trip to Italy.  

It was an "aha" moment that I followed up on when I returned to New York and have been joyfully studying piano for 11 years.  I attend concerts, go to "piano camp" in the summer, and generally fill my life with "everything music", including WQXR, which has been a constant companion since this journey began.

In Mom's last years, battling Alzheimers' and lung cancer, she loved to hear me play when I visited and was so happy and proud that I was making use of what she had given me .  

It was a bond between us that survives her death and will fill this Mother's Day as I listen to and make music in her honor.