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Richard Leavitt

Leavitt.JPGInstrument: Violin
Years with SSO: 5

What is your role in the orchestra (chair/principle)?

First violin section.

What keeps you coming back to the SSO each year?

Opportunity to learn new music (or re-learn old music) plus friendship with other musicians.

What does it take to prepare for a performance?

Practice – a lot!

How long have you been playing your instrument?

Since age 8.

Did you study music? Where and when?

Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, 1952-1956; student of Joseph Silverstein at Boston Symphony Hall; and Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood), summer 1958.

Tell us about your cherished musical experience.

Played one concert under (guest conductor)
In the student orchestra at Tanglewood I played under “student conductors” Zubin Mehta and Claudio Abbado.

What is your favorite piece of music? Who is your favorite composer/songwriter?

Hard to decide …
Wagner Overtures/Preludes (Tristan, Meistersinger, Lohergrin, etc.), Beethoven and Wagner.

If you had to play a different instrument, which one would you choose? Why?

Piano (always wanted to learn to play) or cello.

What do you do for a living?

Retired pastor (United Church of Christ – 42 years).

Do you have any hobbies other than music?

Gardening; Jane and I were foster parents for 40 years.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Graduated cum laude from Harvard Divinity School, 1959, married for 50 years to wife Jane, six children (three adopted).