We celebrate the life of our dear colleague Douglas Sommer who passed away this morning. Doug played in the bass section of the ASO for 25 years but was more to the musicians than just one member of our large family. He was a respected leader who we all counted on for support during our most challenging times. We'll remember him for his great musicianship, his "Hey, man" greetings, his cool demeanor and his warm friendship. Peace be with his lovely family, Phyllis, Gracie and Andrew.
The new church bells at Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are remarkable for several reasons. First, they're of a type that's exceedingly rare in the US; very few orchestras own them. Second, they're used in exactly one piece of music: Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, which the ASO is performing this weekend.
The third compelling detail about the new bells is the man whose memory they honor, an eccentric wit of a musician who played with the ASO for 49 years.
WABE’s Kate Sweeney paid a visit to Symphony Hall to talk with principle percussionist Tom Sherwood, about the bells and the unique man whose life they commemorate.
Pictured above: Tom Sherwood and the ASO church bells dedicated in Eugene Rehm's honor.
Full story: http://wabe.org/post/new-aso-bells-unique-musician-they-honor
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