This Day in Canada‘s Today’s Memory
Lorne Munroe’s birthday
Carl Maria von Weber – Adagio and Rondo For Cello And Orchestra
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Lorne Munroe was born in on this day in 1924 at Winnipeg, Manitoba. At age three he began to play the cello using a viola with a leg attached. At age ten he won the Winnipeg Music Competition. Four years later, he was sponsored by composer Arthur Benjamin to attend the Royal College of Music in London. He continued his studies in Philadelphia at the Curtis Institute of Music.
After serving during World War II, in 1949, he was the sole winner of the Naumburg award and made his recital debut in New York. From 1949-50 he performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, before taking two positions as principal cello, first with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1950–51, and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1951. In 1964, he was invited by Leonard Bernstein to become the principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic where he was a featured soloist more than 150 times during his 32 seasons there.