Violinist Ann Spurbeck has Died, Aged 84

(Picture courtesy: Memphis Symphony Orchestra/Fb)


“[We are] extremely saddened to study of the passing of Ann Spurbeck. She retired final season after greater than 50 years as a Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO) violinist,” the orchestra posted on their Fb web page.

“Ms. Spurbeck was the final member of the orchestra who performed on the legendary Elvis and Stax classes and thru her life’s work, embodied our group’s want to attach with our various group by distinctive music,” they continued. “She has touched the hearts and lives of many in our group. Memphis is a greater place due to Ann’s time right here.”

Final weekend, the MSO devoted their live shows to her, performing works by Schubert, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. At every of the 2 performances, a rose was positioned on an empty chair in her honor.

Born in 1938 right into a musical household in Miami, the place her mom was a piano instructor and church organist, Spurbeck started studying music from a younger age. She later attended the College of Florida to finish a bachelor’s diploma in violin efficiency and graduated from Indiana College with a grasp’s diploma in music training.

From early on, Spurbeck supported the Suzuki technique of music instructing and traveled usually to low-income neighborhoods and rural communities to show violin to younger folks. She later served as a music instructor on the College of Memphis

Spurbeck (née Turner) first joined the MSO in 1968 when she and her husband, Peter Spurbeck, who handed away in 2012, moved to Memphis from Illinois.

Along with enjoying within the MSO, Spurbeck featured in Elvis Presley’s comeback data and Isaac Hayes’ 1971 Oscar-winning “Theme From Shaft,” amongst others.

“I used to be lucky sufficient to have the ability to sit together with her from Sunday night time by Monday morning, when she gently handed,” stated her son, Sam Spurbeck, 54, a violinist of Michigan’s Lansing Symphony Orchestra. “Music was the automobile she used to achieve out and contact so many lives.”

“Daily she confirmed up for work with a smile and performed each rehearsal and live performance with pleasure and fervour,” stated MSO personnel supervisor Erin Kaste, 49, who was Spurbeck’s stand associate for nearly 25 years. 

“She was a mentor to numerous numbers {of professional} musicians on this group,” Kaste added. “She taught folks how to achieve an orchestra in a delicate, sort approach.”

Spurbeck is survived by her son and sister. Our condolences to Ms. Spurbeck’s household, buddies, college students, and colleagues.

A tribute by the MSO to the violinist following her retirement may be watched beneath.



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