25 Years of Music to Our Ears
November 1, 2019
WHEN DR. JACOB GOLDBERGER was ten years old, he
received a used clarinet in a CARE package from a family
member in the United States. It had traveled over 6,000
miles, crossing the entirety of the Atlantic Ocean to reach
him at his home in Israel with his mother. It was the only
instrument that was available, this slender woodwind
with worn silver finger keys. Goldberger began taking
clarinet lessons, learning to produce those shadowy timbre
notes that make the instrument recognizable.
Goldberger eventually moved to the United States,
and has been living in Fort Myers for 38 years, only
recently retiring from his general surgery practice. He is
one of the original members of the Gulf Coast
Symphony, and has been playing the clarinet with the
Symphony for twenty-four years. He still practices playing
the clarinet at home, preparing for the upcoming
25th Anniversary Concert series. He’s been performing
concerts with the Symphony for a quarter of a century
and still practice makes perfect.
“Every concert has been an absolute joy for me.
Every season was a leap. Most of us were amazed at the
level of improvements between rehearsal and performance.
We usually walked off stage at the end of a performance
in confused silence and awe after the
audience gave us a standing ovation,” Goldberger said
in an interview.
The Gulf Coast Symphony’s 25th Anniversary…