Monday, February 2, 2009

A farewell to Foss

Lukas Foss died so I have to run into the office and write about that. I will post a link later to my story in The Buffalo News. Lukas Foss is important to Buffalo because he was our music director here and had a big effect on our town.

That is a picture of Foss up above when he was a young man, which he was when he was in Buffalo.

It is the most stressful thing that I do but also one of the most fulfilling things that I do, writing about musicians who have passed on. I do not often write obituaries but when I do it is a very big deal. This year I wrote about Harry Taub, the Philharmonic's longtime associate concertmaster, who was a close friend so that was emotional for me. And of course in June I had to write about Leonard Pennario. I was out there in California with him the day that he died and I will never forget the morning I had to dry my tears and write his obituary. You would think I would have had it ready, because he had been sick. But I did not!

I did a long interview with Foss a few years ago so it is not as if I am starting from scratch with this one. He was a lot of fun, I will say that.

But still, long day ahead.

Wish me luck!

1 comment:

  1. Good luck. Wow. One more gone from the Koussevitsky - Copland - Tanglewood set.