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Boccherini: Concerto in B flat
by Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, conducted by Edgar Muenzer
Edgar Muenzer (1927 to 2016) was an American violinist, tutor and orchestra founder ('Park Ridge Civic Orchestra'). Edgar C Muenzer was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on October 17th 1927. His mother was the concert pianist Esther Payne, and his father Hans was concertmaster for the Chicago Theater's stage orchestra in the 1920s. He first played the violin as a student at Lane Technical High School in Chicago, then founded the US Army Air Corps Orchestra after the Second World War, staying with them for more than nine years. In 1956, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra ('CSO') hired him on violin, during the time when Fritz Reiner was their conductor, and he went on to play many full seasons under countless other world famous conductors directing the 'CSO', before founding the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra ('PRCO') in 1994. During his time at the 'CSO', he also played in both their String Quartet and their Chadmin Trio, as well as teaching at the Sherwood School of Music (1965 to 1970) and Northwestern University (1970 to 1985). He was concertmaster for the Northbrook Symphony between 1988 and 1994, and helped start a chamber orchestra at St Luke's Lutheran Church, alongside Kathleen Goll Wilson. He subsequently had to give up playing violin after suffering an accident in 2000, but devoted most of his time after that managing and promoting the new Orchestra, alongside his wife Nancy. He intitiated 'PRCO' scholarships, and also gave students from local public school orchestras a chance to play with his professional musicians on stage. Having served as 'PRCO' conductor for most of the 20 years since its inception, he shared his final season (2013-14) with his son Victor, who has been music director ever since. Edgar Muenzer died in Park Ridge after a long illness on July 22nd 2016, aged 88. His wife and total of three sons survive him. http://www.journal-topics.com/news/article_244b0f24-50e8-11e6-b6c0-071a1e0f780f.html
Sources: http://www.ancestry.com/1940-census/usa/Iowa/Edgar-C-Muenzer_4bt710 - http://www.intelius.com/search/people/Edgar-Muenzer/Park%20ridge-IL - http://www.parkridgecivicorchestra.org/about/
Posted: 18th August 2016
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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