Thursday March 30, 2017
Performing Life: The Story of Ruth Posselt, American Violinist
Violinist Ruth Posselt (1914–2007), was born in Medford and grew up on Sheridan Ave. Posselt was a child prodigy who made her debut at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1923 at the age of 11. During her long performing career Posselt worked with some of the most famous composers and condutors of her time. Posselt premiered important works for the violin by twentieth-century composers such as Samuel Barber, Paul Hindemith, and Aaron Copland. For decades, Posselt performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Serge Koussevitzky and Charles Munch.
Drawing from written and oral narratives, published and unpublished sources, personal reminiscences, conversations, and anecdotes, Diana Lewis Burgin, Posselt's daughter, tells this exhilarating story of a trail-blazing female musician, through which an imagined mother-daughter dialogue murmurs continuously in the background.
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