The Late Starters Orchestra

The Late Starters Orchestra

Book - 2014
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In a cluttered room in an abandoned coat factory in lower Manhattan, a group of musicians comes together each week to make music. Some are old, some are young, all have come late to music or come back to it after a long absence. This is the Late Starters Orchestra--the bona fide amateur string orchestra where Ari Goldman pursues his lifelong dream of playing the cello.

Goldman hadn't seriously picked up his cello in twenty-five years, but the Late Starters (its motto, If you think you can play, you can) seemed just the right orchestra for this music lover whose busy life had always gotten in the way of its pursuit.

In The Late Starters Orchestra, Goldman takes us along to LSO rehearsals and lets us sit in on his son's Suzuki lessons, where we find out that children do indeed learn differently from adults. He explores history's greatest cellists and also attempts to understand what motivates his fellow late starters, amateurs all, whose quest is for joy, not greatness. And when Goldman commits to playing at his upcoming birthday party we wonder with him whether he'll be good enough to perform in public. To the rescue comes the ghost of Goldman's first cello teacher, the wise and eccentric Mr. J, who continues to inspire and guide him--about music and more--through this well-tuned journey.

With enchanting illustrations by Eric Hanson, The Late Starters Orchestra is about teachers and students, fathers and sons, courage and creativity, individual perseverance and the power of community. And Ari Goldman has a message for anyone who has ever had a dream deferred: it's never too late to find happiness on one's own terms.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781565129924
156512992X
Branch Call Number: 787.4 LATE
Characteristics: xi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm

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lesharon
Mar 08, 2016

This was an easy and fun story of a real person who wants to fulfill a goal of his youth, now that he is older and has the time to give to lessons and practice. I related to it as a parent, and loved to read about him playing with his son's youth symphony. I always like to read about residents of New York City, who I imagine having vast resources yet living a bit normal lives. Books about musicians and their experiences are hard to find, and this one is relaxing and humorous.

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