Ten Minute Musical Bliss of Rubinoff and His Violin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUz-LOrzTQU. Like fine wine, musicians and artists improve with age. Dave Rubinoff is much too ignored today. That is due to the jealousy of the 100% pure classical musicians. Indeed, I even wonder how many pure symphonic musicians are left to be found today. It seems like so many are crossing the lines into the popular field.
Even as of recently, Dave Rubinoff refuses to give up the ghost. This is true even some 35 years after he passed away. Maestro, conductor, and curator Joseph Rubin (not related to Rubinoff except in spirit) gave a concert commemorating this great artist last summer. I was called to appear with violinist extraordinaire, Steven Greenman. It was held at the Circleville High School near Colombus, Ohio. Maestro Greenman had just returned from a tour of Poland. Among other places, he played the most haunting melodies in the synagogue in Cracow. Below was the itinerary Maestro Rubin sent me for the Circleville. Ohio concert.
Witness Another Ten Minute Musical Bliss with Steven Greenman and I playing the Rubinoff’s Fiddler
Friday, June 1 (2017)
Around 3 PM – Rehearse Fiddler Medley with Steven Greenman, location TBA
7-9:30 PM – Orchestra Rehearsal at Circleville High School
Saturday, June 2
11 am – Rehearse Fiddler Medley with Steven Greenman
2-4:30 pm- Orchestra Rehearsal at Circleville High School
6:30 PM – Pre-show lecture at High School
7-9 PM Concert at High School
9-10:30 PM Post show VIP reception at High School
Copy and paste the youtube link above to see what success is obtainable by playing incredibly well what the general public enjoys. I was thrilled to work so many years with this man.
Merry Christmas Number Square Sums it all Up. December 25, Christmas Day, is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. This blog is about the 7 x 7 magic number square. It could well be called the Merry Christmas Number square. First of all what is a number square?….. Magic number squares only require the sum of each row, column and diagonal of numbers equal the same sum. Second, what defines the 7 x 7 number square? Ancient civilizations were into number squares. Each of the 7 known planets had its own square of numbers. Also, seven was known as a virgin and prime number. It cannot be evenly divided by any other number other than itself.
Merry Christmas Number Square Sums it Up
The 7 x 7 number square was assigned to Venus. She was goddess of beauty. So was also connected to Greek goddess Athena. Because 7 was called a “virgin number,” it is associated with Mary, mother of Jesus.
Note the central number of the 7 x 7 square. It is number 25. That numbers Christmas Day.
Total all the numbers in the 7 x 7 number square. Those are the the sum of all the numbers from one to fifty. Their total is 1225. Read this as 12/25 and you have both Christmas month and day.
Below is an internal link to a fun story for the Holiday Season. Rubinoff, the famed violinist, literally brought holiday cheer all year round to children. I recently gave a concert under the auspices of the Ted Lewis Big Band Museum. The concert was under the baton of museum curator, Joseph Rubin in Circleville, Ohio. Since I was Rubinoff’s arranger and accompanist, Maestro Rubin asked me to play in the concert. Rubinoff spent a good part of his life giving concerts for children in public schools. In the “gag” picture, found in the internal link, comedian Jimmy Durante is playing Rubinoff’s violin (not very well, I might add) Rubinoff is clowning around at the piano. What fun!
Our best wishes for a happy holiday season- David and Sharon.
Musical Museum Sponsors Memorable Concert under the Baton of Maestro Joseph Rubin. Oh my gosh. I now have a tiny place in the Ted Lewis Big Band Museum. In the featured picture, I am in the lower right corner standing with Rubinoff. What is the basis for this claim to fame? I worked with David Rubinoff and His Violin for some 15 years. My capacity was as his arranger and accompanist. Maestro Rubin read one of my Rubinoff posts. They are on DSOworks.com. He contacted me to be a part of a Rubinoff commemoration concert. The concert was June 2, 2018. Steven Greenman was the distinguished violin soloist.
The photo below of Rubinoff and myself was taken in concert in 1984. Dave was 86 years of age. Our entire concert is below the picture on youtube. Just click on it. In his heyday, Dave was a national phenomenon. This was to the tune of as much as $500,000.00 annually in the 1930’s. Serious musicians (those who only played classical) were envious. However, the point is, whatever Dave touched was superbly played. Many examples of him are now posted on youtube. Many of these show him playing at his peak. Also below is an internal link with a “Rubinoff” story.
Lost Concert “Rubinoff and His Violin” on Oquaga Lake, 1984
Ted Lewis’ band was second only to the Paul Whiteman band in popularity during the 1920s. Paul Whiteman led a usually large ensemble and explored many styles of music. He blended symphonic music and jazz. An example was his debut of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. Many say Ted Lewis played more real jazz than Whiteman. This is especially true with Ted’s recordings of the late 1920’s. American history at the musical museum is quite rich. Much is in the works on DSOworks.com. Keep watching.