My father is here conducting a rehearsal of the Brahms Double
Concerto (for violin and cello) with the Twin Cities Symphony.
Oscar Chausow (standing), with whom Dad also played in a string
quartet, is the solo violinist, and Harry Sturm, a man Dad
played with in several organizations from the time of his youth,
is the solo cellist. We have a picture of them playing together
in the Kansas City Philharmonic String Quartet, where Sturm
looks not much older than 25.
The Twin Cities Symphony was not a big budget orchestra, but
under my father they did some rather interesting things. Over
the years I was left with the clear impression that between the
two civic orchestras Dad conducted, Twin Cities was the better
orchestra, and his preferred gig.
Benton Harbor was a 100-mile commute each direction from our
home in Wilmette. However, my father's mother and two sisters
and other relatives all lived there, so he always had a place to
stay whenever he went and had to stay.