Ned Rorem in Symphony Space - 26 October, 1983

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 428:

At Symphony Space, a most affecting marathon memorial for William Kapell. Every pianist we know performed: Shirley, Jerry, a dozen more, and, perhaps most extraordinarily, Billy Masselos, who agreed to play the Copland "Fantasy" on the condition that a stand-in could lurk in the wings. For years, Billy's been queasy about playing, even in private, because of his Parkinson's, or whatever it is. And his apparition on stage was unreassuring. From the moment he sat down, placed his left hand like a focusing vise over his right and, extending the central finger, whammed it like a spike into the …   more >>
cite as

Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 428. accessed: 6 July, 2022

location of experience: Symphony Space


Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]

Listening to

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written by Aaron Copland
performed by William Masselos

Experience Information

Date/Time 26 October, 1983
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by pashworth on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:41:15 +0100
Approved on Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:16:06 +0000