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In memoriam 2009

Robert Levine
January 4, 2019


September

Fred Mills, age 74. A member of the Canadian Brass for 24 years, Mills was a founding member of the American Symphony Orchestra, principal trumpet for the New York City Opera orchestra, and had also played with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the New York City Ballet orchestra. He joined the faculty of the University of Georgia in 1996, and was returning from an overseas tour when he was killed in a auto accident on the way home from the Atlanta airport.

Leon Kirchner, age 90. Prominent American composer who taught at Harvard University from 1961 to 1991, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his third string quartet.

Alicia de Larrocha, age 86. Renowned Spanish pianist, she made her debut at the age of 5 at the Barcelona International Exposition and had a professional career spanning 75 years. Four of her recordings won Grammies.

Wilma Cozart Fine, age 82. One of the first women record producers, she ran the classical division of Mercury Records in the 1950s with her husband, C. Robert Fine. She made recordings with Rafael Kubelik, Antal Dorati, Sir John Barbirolli, and the Chicago and Detroit symphonies which were acclaimed for their audio quality. She began her career as a staffer with the Dallas Symphony working for Antal Dorati.

October

Karen Adrian, age 65. A flutist with the Fort Worth Symphony for over 30 years, she taught at Texas Christian University. She studied at Indiana University, where she became the first flutist to receive the Performer’s Certificate.

Kurt Loebel, age 87. A native of Vienna, he was a violinist with The Cleveland Orchestra for 50 years. He also played for the Dallas Symphony. He was an orchestra activist and, after his retirement, he worked as a volunteer archivist for the orchestra.

Louis Williamson, age 62. President of Local 247 (Victoria BC) since 1995, he was also a member of the Executive Board of the AFM Canadian Conference, and often performed with the Victoria Symphony as a percussionist and jazz drummer. He was a native of Scotland and began his musical career in the military.

November

Marylou Speaker Churchill, age 64. Principal second violinist with the Boston Symphony from 1977 to 2000, she joined the orchestra as a section violinist in 1970. Originally from Oregon, she taught at the New England Conservatory from 1981 and coached for the New World Symphony, the Asian Youth Symphony, and El Sistema.

Mark White, age 59. Stagehand with the Atlanta Symphony from 1983 until 1997, he and his wife founded Atlanta Parent magazine, where he worked as co-publisher and business manager.

December

Bette Waddington, age 88. Violinist with the Saint Louis Symphony for 37 years until her retirement in 1995, she had previously played in orchestras in Erie and Dallas. She and her sister Beabout were born in San Francisco and were hired in St. Louis at the same time.

Victor Alpert, age 91. Librarian with the Boston Symphony for 34 years, Alpert was a graduate of the New England Conservatory and switched to viola while working as a violinist for the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. He played with the Indianapolis and Minneapolis symphonies, as well as the Radio City Music Hall orchestra, before joining the BSO in 1953. He was one of the founders of the Major Orchestra Librarians Association (MOLA).

Lorraine Bartlett. Controller for the American Federation of Musicians.

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