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Scenes from Manhattan

First day in the Big Apple:

These are popular picture postcard themes yet worth memorializing.

I took this photo set as I trekked from 34th Street and Penn station to the West Side ‘Y’ gym at 63rd off Central Park.

Bogged down with luggage, I approached Columbus Circle at W. 59th Street (off Central Park)

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Columbus Circle

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The Y Gym where I have a six-day guest pass

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Day two:

My visit with Elaine Comparone, harpsichordist (and pianist)

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Elaine discussed Baroque ornaments while displaying her impeccable artistry at the harpsichord and piano. Her riveting interview will be posted after my return to California.

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Today, Sunday (Day 3)

I’m going to my mother’s 100th Birthday celebration at her apartment on 218th Street in Manhattan.

Mom’s  place overlooks the Hudson River at the picturesque northern tip of Manhattan.

I’ll take the ‘A’ train to 207th and then climb a steep hill to Park Terrace Gardens.

Once arrived, I ‘ll be sure to capture the old Sohmer upright, my first REAL piano after I endured treacherous years practicing on an abysmal sounding Wieser (aka WHEEZER)

Sadly,  the Sohmer has deteriorated  from extreme temperature and humidity shifts over decades, so it’s now a living room centerpiece and photo gallery.

More to come….

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Showcasing two of my exquisite instruments (Violin and Piano)

First the violin, a 1799 Horenstainer, Mittenwald that replaced the “cigar box” I was handed as a kid. My precious teacher, Samuel Gardner selected this German original for me in Paris, France. From there, I took it to Merrywood music camp in Lenox, MA where I coached under Eugene Lehner of the Boston Symphony.

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Oberlin bound, I studied briefly with Stuart Canin, (former concertmaster SFO) subsequently giving up violin entirely, shifting my emphasis to piano.

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Steinway Upright Model 1098

It cohabits with my Steinway grand in a tight-fitting Berkeley space.

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Here’s the piano tuner waxing poetic about it and playing a snatch, followed by my grabbing the bench for a portion of Fur Elise.

The complete Beethoven composition is played, revealing Steinway’s heartfelt resonance.

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