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Joy of Music

March 21st was Johann Sebastian Bach's 316th birthday and we still can be lulled into a dreamy state by his music. As someone wrote " inscrutable, but unspeakably wonderful". Lets move closer to home. The great jazz player Moe Koffman who passed away this week, Murray Adaskin recently celebrated his 90 plus birthday to name two. I met Murray Adaskin at the Lieut-Governor's levee in Victoria at New Years. I felt honoured, but the event that touched my sisters and myself most closely this week was the death of Boris Berlin. Boris Berlin taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and his tasks included arranging and composing many of the pieces of music that we learned when we were taking piano lessons. He came to Notre Dame to hear our music exams on a couple of occasions. He was the one who when he tested my sister Betty, gave her a silver medal for her performance. It was no wonder that when the Order of Canada list came out in February and his name was on it, that the Smith sisters were as excited about him being there as they were me. We truly hoped that we would see him at the installation. It came too late.

Written Monday, April 02, 2001 at 09:14 AM

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