Tonight I am going to a memorial concert in his honor, hosted by his family, colleagues, and
and some of the musicians who were close to him as well.
That initial moment of shock and disbelief when I heard the news of his death is etched in my mind. I was listening to WQXR (NYC) at the time, back in May I believe, when "A Gentle Musicke" came on. With less than one minute of Opus 44 remaining on the airwaves, I decided to get my phone and call him. Before I had a chance o dial the host Jeff Spurgeon announces that the music is by the late Arnold Rosner. I recall being instantly enveloped in darkness; needless to say I was simply devastated and the rest of the day seemed unreal. To a great extent these feelings remain.
Celebrating his life is like a new beginning; I have been doing so in my own personal way for quite some time but how wonderful to be able to share
the joy and memories with many others on this most important of evenings.
I shall post a few Rosner discs on Sunday when I can.
Good weekend everyone.