For the Love of Music

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 02:35 PM

Musicians and music lovers have been known to go to extremes for their love of the art form.

Fans sleeping outside to buy tickets, traveling great distances to hear a favorite performer or piece of music. Families emigrating so a talented youngster to study abroad. 

A few years ago I was asked to drive a 900 miles to help a friend relocate back to New York. I was initially reluctant but, after discovering that one of my favorite pianists would be in recital that particular weekend, I eagerly made the hike.

To what extreme have you gone or would you go to hear a favorite performer or musical work?

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Comments [5]

A Sanchez

Hello Terrance,
My name is Antonio Sanchez. I listen to you in White Plains N.Y. I especially enjoyed your program on Valentine's Day. I was making a special dinner for my wife at the same time I was listening to you. I started to laugh out loud, when I heard Ravel's Bolero. It was the perfect music for our meal. My wife walked in just as the song reached the famous crescendo! You made our night.
Thank you. I will send you a picture of the table setting.
Antonio Sanchez

Feb. 18 2012 06:47 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Michael Meltzer, I, too, was at that Vladimir Horowitz "Historic Return" Carnegie Hall concert. It was fabulous in every respect. But what still lingers in my mind was not what was his very best and most difficult selections, magnificently played, but the way his left hand dominated his right hand in the encore Sousa's "Stars and Stripes" How can one account for impressions? Horowitz was "unico" !!!

Jul. 03 2010 02:05 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

I would go to the ends of the world to attend a performance by anyone who could approach the legendary status for timbre of voice, stentorian power, and stamina of anyone of my teachers "Met" Opera greats in the Wagner oeuvre.

Jul. 01 2010 10:50 AM
Jean Aniebona from New York City

I am writing this during your show on Saturday, June 26th. I love your choices of music.
The jazz piece was not "European classical music" and that's fine - there is "American classical music" and that piece was that - American jazz. I am so happy that you played Jazz in honor of the American classical music.
Thanks for having courage.

Jun. 26 2010 11:25 PM
Michael Meltzer

The year following Horowitz' "Historic Return," I stood on line outside Carnegie from 10PM to 9:40 AM for tickets. That is not impressive, I was one of many other students out there.
What was impressive was, when I struck up a conversation with the lady in front of me, I learned that she was the now belated Maro Ajemian, a known concert pianist in her own right, whose "Complete Piano Works of Ernest Bloch" was already in my LP collection. She stood there for the same twelve hours.
It is difficult to explain to young people the impact that Horowitz made on pianists and the public, but this example helps to underline that whatever you hear, no matter how extreme, it is no exaggeration.

Jun. 25 2010 01:43 AM

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