I celebrated the seventh anniversary of the St. Louis Symphony blog (first post, October 4, 2004, 1500-plus posts and counting) by attending a concert performed at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Celeste Golden Boyer, Kristin Ahlstrom, Susan Gordon and Bjorn Ranheim played Dvorak's American Quartet. I sat with my colleague Maureen
Byrne. At the end of the second movement, we both swooned. The ending is like a little
forlorn boat adrift in a wide river.
There was a Q&A session after.
The musicians were asked when they first wanted to be professional musicians.
The ages ranged from about nine to 13. Bjorn observed that he knew this was a
factor that set orchestral musicians (and, I will add, especially musicians of
their caliber) apart. As Bjorn put it, "I don't think many of you wanted to be
pharmacists when you were four."
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