I grew up playing alto sax and clarinet in a 1940’s swing band. Little did I think that I would spend nearly 30 years as President of the Board of The Musical Offering, one of the finest chamber music groups in the country. I came late to chamber music; it is, indeed, one of the more sophisticated forms of classical music and I had to wend my way through the 1812 Overture, Strauss waltzes, La Boheme, and finally the Beethoven symphonies before discovering the exquisite joy of a Mozart string quartet.
I remember quite clearly my first chamber music concert. It was in Berkeley and Reginald Kell did the Mozart clarinet quintet with the Griller quartet. I was on one of my first dates with Noni, who was studying the Mozart quintet in one of her music classes. I was hooked — both on Noni and on chamber music. At our wedding, we marched up and down the aisle to the Purcell/Clarke trumpet voluntary and the Castelnuevo Tedesco march. And it has been a love affair ever since.