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An ageless pianist and her historic concert (I was there)

Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten)

This is the program that I preserved from the event. It was contained in a boxful of musical artifacts that my mother sent me.

On March 28th, 1960, I was present at Madame Rosina Lhevinne’s Eightieth Birthday celebration concert held at the Juilliard School, and it was an evening to remember. I received the ticket compliments of Lillian Freundlich my piano teacher, through her husband, Irwin, who was then Chair of the Piano Department.

Jean Morel conducted the Juilliard Orchestra as Lhevinne played the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major like an angel. In the audience were many of her students including John Browning and Lee Luvisi. I’m not sure if Van Cliburn made it to the event, but there was a tribute to the pianist given by William Schuman, President.

Years later when I arrived at the Oberlin Conservatory, I discovered a recording on vinyl of this…

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2 thoughts on “An ageless pianist and her historic concert (I was there)”

    1. Robin, Thanks for the link to the whole docu.
      I believe there is a fairly new one out there, as well, but I could be mistaken. Of course Rosina sounded a lot better than the Mozart recording reflects.. I am assuming that reel to reel transfer to vinyl and perhaps another transfer to CD created too many generations..

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