Rubinoff and His Violin Sort of Was My Grandfather. I never met any real grandparent. None on my mother’s side. None on my father’s. They were all killed in a very tragic way in the European Holocaust. Now I’m a grandfather myself. So, I know for the first time what I’ve missed. I try to honor my ancestors by thoughts and actions. I have approximately 200 blogs on this website. They are either about music or world peace. Please read some of them. I’ve rediscovered an ancient and lost number number code. It promises and probably will deliver the peace that my grandparents never knew. In my life, however, I most proud of my association with Rubinoff, the violinist. He was my surrogate grandparent. His wife, Darlene was my surrogate grandmother.We had a close 20 year association. I worked as his arranger and accompanist from 1967 to 1986. The following write up is from the New York Times on his death. The obituary summarizes his accomplishments. Read it. Then, I have a big surprise! A posting of a 45 minute concert Rubinoff and I gave together in 1984. The concert was at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in Deposit New York. A tremedous thunder storm is in the background. The concert tape had been lost. Now it is found and posted below. Please, share it with all your friends. Have them share it. Just click on it. See the great master at work. Scotts on Oquaga Lake is still open. It has been open since 1869 in a true American tradition. Ray Scott and all the relatives are totally wonderful people. And finally and most important: May the blessings of peace be with you!
DAVID RUBINOFF, 89, VIOLINIST
Published: October 8, 1986
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 7— The violinist David Rubinoff, a Russian immigrant whose concert music lifted the nation’s spirits during the Depression, has died at the age of 89.
Mr. Rubinoff, who was a regular from 1931 to 1935 with Eddie Cantor on the ”Chase & Sanborn Hour” on NBC radio, died at a hospital Monday.
Mr. Rubinoff was born Sept. 3, 1897, at Grodno, Russia, one of five children of a tobacco factory worker and a laundress. When he was 5 years old he persuaded his parents to buy him a violin.
He was studying music at the Royal Conservatory of Warsaw in 1911 when he met the composer Victor Herbert, who was so impressed he took the entire Rubinoff family to Pittsburgh.
He attended Forbes School in Pittsburgh and became the leader of its orchestra. He worked part-time in a cafe, where he played the violin, and also sold newspapers on the streets.
Mr. Rubinoff eventually became a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and began to conduct. He went on to become guest conductor with orchestras in the United States and abroad.
He eventually became a regular conductor and soloist at the Paramount in New York City. Rudy Vallee saw him, and he signed a contract with the Cantor show.
During his career, Mr. Rubinoff performed at the White House for Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Kennedy.
Mr. Rubinoff is survived by his wife, Darlene, a son, and seven grandchildren.