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March 8
Can You Guess? Today we talk about the Dave Clark 5's first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, the most important music variety show of the time on US television.  It was not  the last. Can You Guess how many times they  were on Ed Sullivan's show? Probably, but I could give you 9 guesses and you'd probably only be half right!

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1714 - Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach,  German composer and second son of  J.S. Bach was born in Weimar.

1813 - First concert of the London Philharmonic Society, Johann Peter Salomon conducting, Clementi pianist and Viotti in the orchestra.

1902 - Premiere of Jean Sibelius' Second Symphony. Composer conducting in Helsinki.

1962 - The Beatles performed for the first time on the BBC in Great Britain. The show was Teenager's Turn.

1964 - The Dave Clark 5 made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

1991 - Premiere of Daniel Asia's At the Far Edge for orchestra. Seattle Youth Symphony, Ruben Gurevich conducting.

2000 - Premiere of Karen Tanaka's At the Grave of Beethoven. Brodsky Quartet, in London.

2000 - Premiere of John Tavener's The Lord's Prayer. Tallis Scholars in Guildford, England.
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Henryk Szeryng (pronounced SHEAR-ing) died March 8, 1988.

He was born in Zelazowa, Poland, September 22, 1918.  His father was an industrialist who loved opera.  His mother a well-known amateur pianist.  His mother began teaching him piano and harmony when he was 5.
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When he was seven, Henryk took up the violin.  His first instruction was from from Maurice Frenkel: assistant to Leopold Auer at St Petersburg.

Henryk progressed rapidly.  He played the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at 10.  When Bronislaw Huberman heard him play, he recommended that Henryk's parents to have him study under  Carl Flesch.  He studied with Willy Hess for a year, then had an audition with Flesch.  Flesch accepted him as a student.

Szeryng said "Flesch showed me all the subtleties of bowing technique, and how to coordinate the fingers of the left hand with the right arm to obtain perfect articulation . . . I studied with Flesch until I was thirteen.  It was later, in Paris, that I learned a great deal musically from George Enescu and Jacques Thibaud, though I never studied with either of them. They were simply friends."

Szeryng went to Paris determined to continue his training with Thibaud, but Thibaud had little time to spare for students so he directed the young man to the Paris Conservatoire. Szeryng graduated with a premier prix in 1937.

On January 6, 1933, Szeryng made his formal debut as soloist in the Brahms Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, he became official translator of the Polish prime minister Wladyslaw Sikorski's government-in-exile in London.  Szeryng also volunteered his services to the Allied Armed Forces, and throughout World War II, he appeared in more than 300 entertaining the troops.

In 1941 Szeryng accompanied the prime minister to Latin America to find a home for some 4,000 Polish refugees.  Mexico took them in, and Szeryng, in gratitude, settled there himself, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1946.

After the war, he taught, but continued to play about 20 concerts per year in Mexico.  After 10 years he turned to full-time concertizing, stating that his 10 years teaching had taught him what he needed to know to do so.

It was through the interest and "great moral help" of Arthur Rubinstein that Szeryng's concert career gained the momentum that led to his renown. Rubinstein first heard Szeryng play in early 1950s, and helped schedule bookings for him in London, Berlin, and Paris. In 1956 Rubinstein arranged a meeting in Paris with the American manager who brought the violinist to the U.S. for the first time in 1957. 

In 1970 Szeryng was made Mexico's special adviser to UNESCO in Paris. He celebrated the 50th anniversary of his debut with a grand tour of Europe and the U.S. in 1983.

Szeryng was fluent in 7 languages and understood 13.  He was known as a humanitarian as well as a violinist of extraordinary gifts,
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It wasn't an insult in the question, it was a clue.  9 is just half the number of times the Dave Clark 5 appeared on the show. They were on 18 times!
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