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Title:
The Late Starters Orchestra
Author:
Goldman, Ari L., 1949-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
Physical Description:
xi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Summary:
In a cluttered room in an abandoned coat factory in lower Manhattan, the Late Starters Orchestra comes together each week to make music. All have come late to music or come back to it after a long absence. In this bona fide amateur string orchestra, Goldman pursues his lifelong dream of playing the cello. Goldman takes us along to LSO rehearsals and his son's Suzuki lessons; he explores history's greatest cellists and attempts to understand what motivates his fellow late starters.
Language:
English
Contents:
Tuning up -- Overtures -- Father, sons, and orchestras -- The New York Late Starters Orchestra -- Old and new -- The beauty of an open string.
ISBN:
9781565129924
Format :
Book

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In a cluttered room in an abandoned coat factory in lower Manhattan, a group of musicians comes together each week to make music. Some are old, some are young, all have come late to music or come back to it after a long absence. This is the Late Starters Orchestra--the bona fide amateur string orchestra where Ari Goldman pursues his lifelong dream of playing the cello.

Goldman hadn't seriously picked up his cello in twenty-five years, but the Late Starters (its motto, If you think you can play, you can) seemed just the right orchestra for this music lover whose busy life had always gotten in the way of its pursuit.

In The Late Starters Orchestra, Goldman takes us along to LSO rehearsals and lets us sit in on his son's Suzuki lessons, where we find out that children do indeed learn differently from adults. He explores history's greatest cellists and also attempts to understand what motivates his fellow late starters, amateurs all, whose quest is for joy, not greatness. And when Goldman commits to playing at his upcoming birthday party we wonder with him whether he'll be good enough to perform in public. To the rescue comes the ghost of Goldman's first cello teacher, the wise and eccentric Mr. J, who continues to inspire and guide him--about music and more--through this well-tuned journey.

With enchanting illustrations by Eric Hanson, The Late Starters Orchestra is about teachers and students, fathers and sons, courage and creativity, individual perseverance and the power of community. And Ari Goldman has a message for anyone who has ever had a dream deferred: it's never too late to find happiness on one's own terms.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Goldman led a rich, full life in his late 50s, with family, faith, and career (former New York Times reporter, professor of journalism at Columbia, author of three books, including the best-selling The Search for God at Harvard, 1991). But when he took his cello to his first rehearsal of the New York Late Starters String Orchestra, his middle-aged musical obsession blossomed. Despite his bad back (a particular problem for a cellist) and everything going on in his life and the world at large, he determined to become a musician and to play at his sixtieth birthday party. Goldman recounts first taking up the cello at 26 after a chance meeting with Mr. J, who became his beloved teacher, and later introducing his youngest child, Judah, to his instrument and watching the boy's proficiency grow far beyond his own. Brief sketches of Goldman's fellow late-starter musicians add interest and make this more than just a memoir about music and all that it offers; it is also a warm and moving testament to the opportunities of aging.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

When he was in his mid-20s, Goldman (The Search for God at Harvard), a journalism professor at Columbia, started playing cello under the guidance of an exacting and inspiring teacher whom Goldman affectionately calls Mr. J., with whom he studied for seven years. Goldman eventually put aside his cello as his family and career grew, yet that musical thread never unraveled completely from the weave of his life. Nearly 40 years later, he picked up the cello again, determined to play a little concert at his 60th birthday. With grace, humor, and elegance, Goldman generously invites readers into his tale of picking up that musical thread. In his quest to become a musician, he joins his son Judah's orchestra; gives up time at the gym to practice his cello; erases all of the music on his iPod in order to focus on cello music and train his ear by listening to that music; and devotes every Sunday afternoon to playing with the Late Starters Orchestra, an organization devoted to the notion that everyone interested in playing music should have a place to make it. In addition, Goldman spends a week at an adult music camp in Maine and another week at a summer music retreat in the north of England run by the East London Late Starters. Through it all, Goldman uncovers the soul of a musician that makes him one with his cello and the music. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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