Black Composers and Musicians in Classical Music …
Kauko Emil Kahila was born on 28 April 1920 in Norwood, Massachusetts of parents who had emigrated from Finland in 1910. His was a musical family with his father playing violin and later took up the trombone and his grandfather clarinet. Kauko Kahila, called "Ko-ko" by his friends studied trombone at New England Conservatory under Hans Valdemar Lillebach, at that time bass trombone of the Boston Symphony. Kahila was at Tanglewood, at that time called the Berkshire Music Center in the summers of 1940 and 1940. He was bass trombone with the Houston Symphony 1941-1942, followed by 1 year of World War 2 service, returning to Houston in 1944. Then with the Saint Louis Symphony as bass trombone 1944-1952. Kauko Kahila auditioned with the Boston Symphony, and after being accepted, joined the orchestra early, playing bass trombone in the Summer 1952 tour of Europe and Russia. Kauko Kahila served as bass trombone with the Boston Symphony for twenty seasons, retiring at the end of 1972-1973.
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Marietta Hedges has worked as an actor in theatre, film and television in London, New York, San Francisco, and the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. Her credits include performances at The Camden People's Theater and at the Etcetera Theater Club, London; La Mama, The Connelly Theater, The Present Company, Jean Cocteau Rep and The Ionesco Festival in New York, and regionally at the California Conservatory Theater, the Winter Harbor Theater and the Baltimore Theater Protanamo which received readings in Washington,D.C. and London and was produced at the 2006 new York International Fringe Festival. She has taught at the University of North Texas and in conservatories and actor training programs in New York and California. Marietta has conducted classes and workshops in the Viewpoints and in the pedagogy of Augusto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed at the American College Theater Festival, the New England Theater Conference, the South Eastern Theater Conference and at the Shanghai Theatre Academy in China. She holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University, where she worked with Anne Bogart, Andrei Serban and Kristin Linklater.
Malcolm Lowe joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in 1984, only the tenth Concertmaster in its nearly 130 year history. Malcolm Lowe was born in born in July, 1953 in Hamiota, Manitoba (about 200 km west of Winnipeg) to musical parents. Lowe's father was a violinist and his mother a singer. Lowe moved with his family to Regina, Saskatchewan at the age of nine. In Regina, he studied at the Conservatory of Music with Australia-born Howard Leyton-Brown (1918- ), Concertmaster of the London Philharmonic 1951-1952 and long-time director of the Regina Conservatory. Malcolm Low then later studied at the Meadowmount School of Music, a summer music camp in up-state New York, founded by Ivan Galamian (1903-1981) who was also a famous Juilliard teacher. Later, Malcolm Lowe was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music. After graduation from Curtis, Lowe was Concertmaster of l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec in Québec-City in the late 1970s. When Joseph Silverstein left the Boston Symphony, Malcolm Lowe won the competition to replace him. Malcolm Lowe joined the Boston Symphony in the 1984-1985 season, only the third Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony since 1920, when Richard Burgin took the first chair position. Since coming to Boston, Malcolm Lowe has taught at the Tanglewood Music Center, and at the New England Conservatory and Boston University, as well as presumably getting in a number of rounds of golf (a passion at which he may match his 46 year BSO violin colleague Leo Panasevich 1951-1997). In his playing, and in interviews, after more than two decades as Concertmaster in Boston, Malcolm Lowe still shows his enthusiasm and engagement in music making.