Entertaining Eleanor Roosevelt at Carnegie Hall has quite a happy and unusual twist for Rubinoff. Why am I writing this? I was Rubinoff’s arranger and accompanist for some 15 years. Dave’s life’s story is largely untold and it simply was incredibly exciting. When we went on our lunch breaks, which were always short due to the importance of the music, I heard the most fantastic stories. Some of these stories made it into his autobiography, The Dance of the Russian Peasant.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (/ˈɛlɪnɔːr ˈroʊzəvɛlt/; October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945. Her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s had four terms in office. Consequently, this made her the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. She served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952.
Entertaining Eleanor Roosevelt at Carnegie Hall had Unexpected Consequences for Dave
Dave gave a concert at Carnegie Hall attended by Eleanor Rossevelt, two generals and secret service. Eleanor said to Dave, ” You were inspiring, as always. I want you to meet Richard Addinsell from England.” Immediately Rubinoff told the great British composer how much he admired his Warsaw Concerto and wanted to play it on the violin. Addinsell said it was written for piano. Rubinoff told him he would be happy to help him make an arrangement for violin. Dave said it would be a great honor if he could actually help him make the violin arrangement. As a result, Dave and Richard are busy conferring on the project in the featured picture.
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