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|Did You Guess? The film was Fiddler on the Roof. Trivia for you, the inspiration for the film's name was a Marc Chagall painting called "The Dead Man" in which a fiddler appears on the roof of a house as he overlooks a funeral.|
|Can You Guess?
Isaac Stern brought the house down when he played played violin for a 1971 movie about traditional Russian Jews in a changing world. Can You Guess in what movie Isaac Stern played the violin mentioned in the title?
Look at the Bottom of the Page for the Answer.
|On this date in 1954, Leonard Bernstein's Serenade, based on Plato's Symposium, premiered at the Teatro La Fenice, in Venice. Bernsetin conducted. The violinist was Isaac Stern.
Isaac Stern was born in the USSR, July 21, 1920. When he was just 1, his family moved to San Francisco. At 7 he started piano, at 9 violin. He studied with Robert Pollack, Louis Persinger, then (to age 15) Naoum Blinder, his one 'true teacher'. "He taught me how to learn by myself, which is the most important thing a teacher can teach you."
|1877 - Death of composer, cellist and conductor Julius Rietz in Dresden. Born in Berlin, December 28, 1812, he was a childhood friend of Mendelssohn and worked with him in 1835.
1910 - Premiere of Mahler's 8th Sym, Symphony of a Thousand in Munich, Mahler conducting.
1946 - Vladimir Spivakov, Russian violinist and conductor, was born.
1966 - The Beatles received a gold record for Yellow Submarine. (Want to here something interesting? Listen to the Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic play Beatles Songs in their album Cello Submarine Here!)
1966 - The Monkees TV show premiered on NBC.
1969 - Premiere of Henri Lazaroff's Cello Concerto, in Oslo, Norway.
|At 15 he and Blinder played Bach's Double Concerto, in 1936 the Brahms with San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and the Tchaikovsky in L.A. under Klemperer. In 1943 he played Carnegie Hall, made his first recordings in 1945, and doubled violin parts for John Garfield in Humoresque in 1946.
Stern was among the first US artists to tour the USSR. He refused tot play in Germany due to Nazi atrocities. He kept strong ties with Israel and Israeli-American groups. He mentored virtuosi like Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Shlomo Mintz.
1920 - 2001
|Stern was music director for the National Council for the Arts, Chairman of Carnegie Hall. Among works composed for Stern are William Schuman's Concerto in 1950 and Leonard Bernstein's Serenade in 1954.|
|In 1979 Isaac Stern accepted an invitation from the Chinese government to visit China as an official guest. Mr. Stern and his family spent one month traveling through China learning about the country and meeting the Chinese people, "first as musicians then as friends." He met with musicians from all over China. He held master classes, visited schools, coached young people, and worked with orchestras and gave public performances. Wherever he went, he was received with great warmth and enthusiasm. The film about that trip, From Mao to Mozart, won an Academy Award.|
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