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Swept away by Rachmaninoff, Schein

Dear Editor:I hope no one missed Ann Schein playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto conducted by Joseph Silverstein with the Aspen Concert Orchestra Thursday night, June 29.During the first movement I began to feel a joy and emotion I rarely get from music, and my eyes were beginning to get a little moist. Ann Schein’s performance of this almost impossible piece was sensational, but there was something more – a spiritual presence. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his last speech, “I have been to the mountain top and seen the other side.” I was at the mountain top and hearing the other side. Surely, this was a glimpse into the kingdom of heaven.When the piece ended after 45 minutes or so (which was entirely too short for me), the audience erupted, no, exploded, in standing applause and cheers. I wasn’t the only one experiencing this extraordinary moment.Thank you, Ann Schein, for sharing your special gifts with us.Joe MyersAspen


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