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  • Getting Safely on Bass

    October 23, 2020

    Tyler Putnam grew up on Chebeague Island, Me., into a musical family. His father was one of that state’s fabled lobstermen.

    The town of Chebeague Island (pronounced she-big) sits in Casco Bay in what originally was a fishing ground for the Abenaki native Americans. It lies 10 miles northeast of Portland, and according to Wikipedia, had an estimated population of 415 people in 2019.

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  • The Mezzo Plays it Around the Horn

    October 23, 2020

    Operatic mezzo soprano Sarah Nordin grew up in Crystal River, FL. She comes from a musical family, in which her mother Barbara is active in church music and her sister Katey has a lovely voice she reserves for family events, while brother Joe is a rock musician and songwriter.

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  • Redemption

    October 2, 2020

    As a young session musician in his hometown of Philadelphia, John Wadsworth had it all – the buzz, the money, the cars, the homes and a nice little family. But the jazz and rock life takes its toll on the soul, often leading talented musicians to fall over the edge. John’s journey took him to the point of no return, only he didn’t like what he saw and came back.

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  • And the Twain Shall Meet

    September 13, 2020

    Retirement is what you make it. Many of us see it as a foreboding beginning of the end. Others, such as Gulf Coast Symphony French horn player Susan Oliver, use retirement to capitalize on opportunities they did not take before.

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  • A Boy Without a Country

    August 28, 2020

    In 1939, Henry Jacobson was a German Jew living and working in France, with a French wife and a young son. Anticipating the impending European conflagration, Henry, who owned a leather goods factory, fled with his family to Switzerland the night before the border was closed.

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