Larry (L) with the New Japan Philharmonic
under the direction of Hiroyuki Iwaki (R). About 30 seconds
after this still was taken, Iwaki sensei broke the violin
over Larry's head.
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What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?
I think a vital question is what is the force that leads
to Paul Harvey stories like the 10-year old kid who lifts a car that
has fallen on his father? There seems to be an amorphous something that
gives us incredible abilities/powers when dire circumstances demand.
What is your personal experience of collective
wisdom in groups?
I've experienced something like this twice in my life:
both times in symphony orchestras. First in the Ohio University Symphony
when the group was rehearsing Mendelssohn's Fifth - the Reformation.
In undergrad, the lead trombone part was so far beyond me that my teacher
had to play it. Somehow, at that incredible rehearsal in Athens, I zoned
and got everything right. I've never played that well before or since.
What makes things like that happen?
What is it about the work in this field that excites
you and connects you to your own deepest self?
The second time something like that happened was in a
rehearsal with the NW Michigan Symphony doing Tchaikovsky's 5th. Unbeknownest
to the conductor or any other members of the group, Henry Charles Smith,
then principal trombonist of the Philadelphia Symphony, had joined the
group surreptitiously and the playing ability of the whole symphony
improved so much that the director stopped, non-plussed, wanting to
know what was going on.
Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of
what brought you to this work.
My first love is playing serious chamber music and I've
been part of musical ensembles over 50 years. There's something about
the precision, intensity, camaraderie of a world class musical ensemble
that is way more than the sum of its parts. From playing sackbut/recorder
in the Chicago Early Music Ensemble to trombone in the U of Michigan
Wind Ensemble, I've enjoyed playing in some superior groups.
How would you like to be available to others in
I'm available via online or snail-mail USPS for communication
any time. If nothing else, I like to think I'm fairly good at offering
a sympathetic ear, a welcoming shoulder on which to cry, vent, or whatever.
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