Happy Birthday Complete with Clarinet, Cane and Top Hat

Happy Birthday Ted Lewis

Happy Birthday Complete with Clarinet, Cane and Top Hat. Whoever has a birthday can enjoy this post. Please share it with all your friends! I (blogger David) have just return from a once in a lifetime experience: A visit to the Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville, Ohio. Ted Lewis was famous for his saying: “Is everybody happy?”Joseph Rubin is the museum curator. He invited me and included my wife to be part of a commemoration concert.

Happy Birthday Ted Lewis
Here I am (blogger David). I’m seated at the piano. Maestro Steven Greenman is playing violin. We are playing the Rubinoff and Ohrenstein (me the piano) arrangement of the Fiddler on the Roof .  The orchestra is on break.

The concert was to honor the man I worked with for some 15 years: Rubinoff and His Violin. He was also a part of the Big Band scene even though he played the violin. He also was part of the Hollywood scene. America loved his music. This was in the 1930’s. Then, he was grossing an income as high was $500,000.00 yearly.  I think the Ted Lewis Museum is every bit as good as the museum featured in the movie, National Treasure. It has a lot of spirit, thanks to Joseph Rubin. This gracious curator has a solid musical background. Rubin  works as an administrator for the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players.  He also founded the Canton Comic Opera Company. He states “Most people today don’t know what a revue is.”

Happy Birthday also to Rubinoff thanks to Joseph Rubin

Rubin spent months sorting and translating countless cigarette-burned, taped-together pages of music.  They “looked like they went through a war.” For this purpose he used composition software.

 

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Rubinoff at his prime. His violin playing was as sharp as he looks in this picture.

The hoopla is about to begin. Great things are in the making. However, here and now you can enjoy Rubinoff and I playing our arrangement of the Fiddler on the Roof. Steven Greenman and I played this same arrangement in concert. Below are Rubinoff and I playing in  New York in 1984. The performance was given in the Catskills at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. Let joyfulness and festivities begin!

Lost Concert “Rubinoff and His Violin” on Oquaga Lake, 1984 – YouTube

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