Resourceful Conductor Joseph Rubin Inspires His Orchestra. Maestro Rubin assembled an elite group of 28 musicians for a special concert. The musicians included the top instrumental professionals and instructors from leading universities around the state of Ohio. It was held was on June 2, 2018. The concert commemorated a violinist/compose/conductor that I worked with, David Rubinoff. His popular name was Rubinoff and His Violin. I arranged and accompanied him for some 15 years. Rubinoff was the conductor of the Chase and Sanborn Orchestra in the 1930’s. The orchestra is pictured below. Rubinoff is standing stage center in this most rare photo.
The music had a gamut of expression: From tragedy to comedy. From lento to ultra fast…..Under Rubin’s baton the orchestra played every note with great unity of purpose. They played Rubinoff’s incredibly difficult pieces to perfection.
In the concert I also played piano for violinist Steven Greenman (pictured below). We played the special arrangement I had made with Dave Rubinoff of the Fiddler on the Roof decades earlier. Steve, has performed around the world. He and I received bravos and 3 standing ovations for the Fiddler on the Roof. Yes, Rubinoff, like Tevye, was from Russia.
It Took a Resourceful Conductor to put this Concert Together
To the left are 2 internal links. They talk about my association with Maestro Rubinoff.
Maestro Rubin is also the curator of the Ted Lewis Big Band Museum. That alone amply shows his high degree in executive and organizational ability.
Rubinoff’s music is not easy to play or properly conduct as Maestro Rubin did. Dave hired the finest arrangers in America. They arranged for the finest musicians of his time. Resourceful conductor Maestro Rubin saw my blogs about Rubinoff. Consequently, he flew me with my wife Sharon up to Circleville, Ohio for the concert. That was a most considerate gesture! In the not too distant future, the concert will be posted on youtube. Keep watching. Many surprises are in the making.