Originally posted on 8/22/14 by Andrew L. Pincus for The Berkshire Eagle.
Courtesy Stu Rosner / BSO (RAMBLING22 / D1c)
LENOX — It’s been two times 50 for Jules Eskin this summer: the conclusion of 50 years as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist, coinciding with the conclusion of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players’ 50th anniversary season. That automatically identifies him as a founding member of the chamber ensemble.
He’s the only founding member still in it, in fact.
Eskin, 82, is a survivor. After five months out for cancer treatments, he came back to active duty at Tanglewood on July 6 to play one of his trademark solos, the big, lyrical one in Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto. He’s also back to doing his pull-ups and sit-ups and hikes up Lenox Mountain to the fire tower, he says.
He’s tough even when it comes to producing a beautiful Continue reading