Music fans love to meet performers, but I'm thrilled to make contact with composers. They're making music out of thin air using pure imagination. One of my fond memories of the late Richard Gladwell is seeing his face suffused with pleasure as he told of meeting composer Ralph Vaughan Williams decades ago at a concert in London. Williams' music is a cornerstone of twentie
We are deeply saddened to share the news that Richard Gladwell passed away on Thursday morning, October 15 at 10:25. He was with his wife, granddaughter, and a dear friend, and died quietly and peacefully.
Richard was diagnosed with brain cancer in June. After surgery he was able to spend time with his extended family, including several weeks at a lake house in upstate New York. Throughout his illness he was surrounded by family and friends in his beautiful sunroom looking out on his beloved garden.
Many listeners have been asking about Richard Gladwell's health and when he will be returning to With Heart & Voice. WXXI Radio Vice President Jeanne Fisher and I went and visited Richard, and his lovely wife Claire, last week. At our meeting it became very apparent that Richard will not be able to return to hosting With Heart & Voice.
When times get tough, the tough collaborate! Such was the case for the three-day, three-concert Pipedreams Live! event presented by WXXI-FM Classical 91.5, the Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and the Rochester Theater Organ Society, February 13-15, 2009.