Mourning his passing: letters from Norbert and Basil

It is with great sadness that The Musical Offering reports the passing of Marty Dworkin, our long time board chair.

Martin Dworkin, professor emeritus, age 86 of St. Paul passed away February 6, 2014. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Nomi; daughters Jessica Sarah and Hanna Bluma; grandsons Leo and Benjamin. Graveside service Monday 2:00 p.m. at the SONS OF JACOB CEMETERY, 770 Parkway Drive, St. Paul. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Beth Jacob Torah Study Group, MAZON, the St. Paul Jewish Federation, or the donor’s favorite charity. SHIVA, at the family residence (7:00 p.m. Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sat).

Marty was Professor emeritus of the University of Minnesota, supporter of the arts and a fine klezmer clarinetist. He was a guiding hand as the chair of  The Musical Offering for over 20 years.

I can only echo the words of our former Artistic Director, Basil Reeve.  Marty was a mentor and great friend over the many years I have known him.  Whether it was discussing the latest Metropolitan Opera telecast, Mozart, Schubert or Schoenberg, or receiving his hearty congratulations after a concert I will miss his enthusiasm, support  and love of music.

Rest well, Marty- we will miss you.

Norbert Nielubowski
Artistic Director
The Musical Offering

Artwork by Lou Safer

Artwork by Lou Safer

It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Marty Dworkin. The dedication, humor and above all patience that he brought to all and everyone he touched was crucial to the development of The Musical Offering’s contribution to the cultural life of the Twin Cities. Although he was a renowned member of the international scientific community and a most distinguished professor at the University of Minnesota he always seemed to have time for the problems of the chamber music group that was so dear to his heart. When all is said and done it was his absolute and uncompromising love of music that made him so effective as our board chair.

Marty was a good friend to me in all things and I consider it a great privilege to have worked with him so closely to  bring the sharing of great music to our community. My deepest condolences to his family.  Best wishes, Basil

Basil Reeve, Former Oboist and
Co-Artistic Director
The Musical Offering

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One Comment

  1. I had the great opportunity to spend time with Marty during his time on the board, and before that playing klezmer music (me on accordion). He was a joyful man, who scientific training forced him to ask the question that wasn’t being asked – always as a help and never as an attack. His knowledge was wide and grand, his interests were in everything and he was kind. You knew you’d sturck a chord with him when he would say the words “terrific!” May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort in the memory of a man who mattered.

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