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In Memoriam 2010

Robert Levine
January 3, 2019

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Polyphonic's tribute to those people important to our field who died in 2010. Please send additions or corrections to Robert Levine (robertlevine at pobox dot com).

- Robert Levine


Edward Linde, age 68. Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Symphony since 2005, Linde studied at MIT and the Harvard Business School before beginning a career in real estate development. He was involved in the development of the Prudential Center in Boston, Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, and major developments in New York City and Reston VA.

Eugene Rehm Jr., age 81. A percussionist with the Atlanta Symphony for almost 50 years until his retirement in 2003, he was a native of Idaho, attended Northwestern University and spent three years as a musician in the US Army before joining the ASO in 1954. He also taught math in the Atlanta public schools during his early years with the ASO.


Beth Newdome, age 46. Associate Professor of violin at Florida State University in Tallahassee since 2002, she had been a member of the Jacksonville, Columbus and Dallas orchestras before joining the Atlanta Symphony and becoming associate concertmaster. She was also on the faculty of the Aspen School of Music. She was a graduate of the Eastman School.

Michel Glotz, age 79. Paris-based artist manager, he was best known for being Herbert von Karajan's manager. Prior to working for von Karajan, he worked for EMI in London. A former pianist, he spent World War II in hiding with his family in France.

David Soyer, age 87. Founding cellist of the Guarneri Quartet, he was a native of Philadelphia and made his debut at the age of 19, performing Bloch's Schelomo with the Philadephia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy. He taught at Curtis, Juilliard, and the Manhattan School of Music, and spent many summers at the Marlboro Festival.

Oscar Ravina, age 79. A native of Poland, he studied violin at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Leningrad and the Vienna State Academy before emigrating to the US at the suggestion of Isaac Stern. A long-time member of the New York Philharmonic, he help organize the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York and served as its concertmaster. He also taught at Montclair State University.

Patricia Travers, age 82. Born in Clifton NJ, she performed on national radio with the Detroit Symphony and Sir John Barbirolli at age 10, and went on to solo with the New York Philharmonic (at age 11), the London Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Boston, Chicago and Pittsburgh orchestras. In her early 20s, she made the first complete recording of the Ives second sonata. Shortly afterwards, she abandoned her career and returned to live with her parents in Clifton.

Teresa Harth, age 82. Principal second violin with the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1982 to 1998, she also played in the Louisville Orchestra and the Lyric Opera orchestra, as well as the Casals Festival. She was married to violinist Sydney Harth, with whom she had two children, a daughter Laura and a son Robert, who was CEO of Carnegie Hall until his death in 2004.


Peter Cujé, age 74. Long-time bassist with the Milwaukee Symphony, he was a native of Germany. An active long-distance walker, he played third base for the MSO's Bruckner Dodgers for many seasons.

Maybeth Pressley, age 90. A member of the Seattle Symphony for 43 years, she was a native of Colorado. Two of her children also played in the SSO, as did her sister.

Wolfgang Wagner, age 90. A grandson of Richard Wagner, he was head of the Bayreuth Festival for more than 50 years. He studied trumpet and horn before being

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