In the afterglow of a spectacular recital by young Russian-Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich, I would like to pay public if belated tribute to the man who brought him here, Arie Lipsky, former principal cellist and associate conductor of our Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 1995, Lipsky has mentored a group of gifted Russian-Israeli youngsters, including violinist Julia Suslov and pianist Alona Vigovsky. Suslov and Rabinovich appeared in special concerts with the BPO and also in concerts with the Ashland, Ohio, orchestra, all under Lipsky's baton. Vigovsky has been a scholarship student at Chautauqua Institution for the past two summers, through Lipsky's good offices. His interest in and encouragement of young musicians are well-known.
Music is one of our few comforts in these perilous times, and young people are our main source of hope. I salute Lipsky for bringing us both hope and comfort, and I wish him well in his new position as music director of the Ann Arbor, Mich., Symphony Orchestra.
BARBARA D. HOLENDER