As I sat drinking in the luscious LA Phil performance of Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony tonight at Verizon Hall, I also found time to meditate on the happenings of the day. Now that my part of the concert was over - playing the piano in John Adams’ “City Noir” on the first half - it started to dawn on me how much I had managed to fit in this afternoon. There were reunions of all sorts: – with dear friends, colleagues, and the City of Brotherly Love itself – Philadelphia.
The highlight of my day was a visit with one of Philly’s grand institutions – La Grand Dame of the Curtis Institute - my former teacher Eleanor Sokoloff. Every bit as vibrant as I remember her from my student days, she regaled us with stories from her 75 years of teaching.
How many 96-year-olds do you know who own an e-book reader, use a PC every day, and love HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” - while continuing to devote their life to nurturing young piano talent?