To all Orchidians, I forgot something from yesterdays posting. Just
a little note here, you will never actually see Isaac Stern walk
into a concert hall. Namely he can't,...he had Polio and he now
uses double crutches to get around. The curtains always open up
with him sitting down as the greatest violinist.
Every time I’ve seen him here in Seattle, he’s walked out on the
stage under his own power, awkwardly of course, given the crutches
and, I think, leg braces he has to wear. But no curtains on our
concert stage, so he walks out graciously and elegantly, in spite of
the awkard gait. The guy has a presence and positive energy that just
seems to totally overcome any slight impression given by the physical
limitations. And then those enormous hands take hold of that
delicate violin. I’ve no idea how fingers that large find those
strings individually, but he does. When the music starts, he
positively glows. And music happens like with few other performers.