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A touching story of giving

Posted at 12:41 PM on April 15, 2010 by Alison Young (1 Comments)
Filed under: Musician stories

A young pianist is so enamored with Emmanuel Ax, he talks his way into meeting him backstage at a recital. Afterwards, he vows never to complain again about practicing.

Sadly, the boy succumbs to Leukemia, but his parents decide to give a gift in his name to the school he attended - something they were not able to give him in his lifetime - a Steinway piano.

Ax is so touched by the gift and it's possibilities to touch other young musicians, that he offers to play the dedication recital on the new Steinway.

There's more here.


Comments (1)

On MPR you are requesting those who have musical instruments that are not is use to donate them for needy students . Great Idea. Many families have string instruments in the attic or garage but would not donate them because the top is cracked or is loose,pegs are missing, sound post is loose or missing , missing bridge and or strings. . I could go on,. .. Violins are make to be taken apart and repaired back to new. Violins and violas that are ready for the dumpster can be restored .I am a luthier and find much joy in making basket cases sing again.If you could let people know there worthless thing in that box could be fixed.Violins are the most needed instrument in an orchestra.Hugo Wolf (763) 571 -4069

Posted by Hugfo Wolf | April 19, 2010 11:15 PM