Love Note Written by Darlene changed Rubinoff’s Life. I, David Ohrenstein, worked with Rubinoff and His Violin over a 15 year period. We started in the summer of 1970. I was working on my Master of Music degree at Wane State University. As I walked by theLieral Arts Music Office, Dave called. aHe was looking for an arranger/accompanist. Conductor Dr. Morris Hochberg. He gave it to me. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. My capacity with Dave was as his arranger and accompanist. He was seventy-two years of age when our association began. Dave passed away at age eighty-nine. He was an incomparable violinist. Audiences loved him to the tune of $500,000.00 a year. That was in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. Just imagine, Hollywood and Paramount Pictures helped to make a violin player into a matinee idol! Watch the youtube videos below and you’ll see their instinct was right!
Dave’s Love Note Story is Pretty Sensational
As the story goes, Dave felt depressed. For his concert in Hilliard, Ohio the community was small. The weather was very cold and advance tickets sales were quite meager. Usually Dave felt a great zest for the stage: However, not on that snowy night that winter in February of 1972. However, once Dave picked up his Stradivarius that belonged to the czars of Russia. The mood changed. His is future wife to be, Darlene, was in the audience. At the time she was still a widow. Darlene handed him a note and told him not to read it until he was alone. The note read:
Dear Mr. Rubinoff:
Tonight, at age forty-four, I
know what love at first sight means.
If I were free to do as I please, I
would follow you everywhere.
Mother of eight.
I never forget: When he returned to Detroit at the Leland House where he lived, he said to me: “Dave, I think I’m in love. I met a wonderful woman after my concert in Hilliard. Do you think I should marry her?” Being agreeable and easy going I replied, “Why not”? He said:”She has eight children.” I then gulped and said, “That makes no difference if you really love her.” He married her. It ended up being the best thing he ever did. She and her children prolonged his life many extra years. He constantly flew me to Hilliard Ohio to work with him at Darlene’s beautiful home on new arrangements. PS I am also a composer. If you care to, read the internal link below.