More About Abe

Here's a little more on Abe Torchinsky, whose obituary appears today, and a few things you might look for in the accompanying photograph. The shot was taken in the spring of 1969, at Simon Gratz High School. On the chalkboard is something you'd probably not see today - a piano reduction of the first few bars of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 (remember those five-space chalk holders we used to drag to create a musical staff?) The teacher with whom Torchinsky is speaking is George Allen.

Above their heads are musical heroes of the day - Eugene Ormandy, Mahalia Jackson, and others.

The photo, by the way, is another from Adrian Siegel. You hate to imagine what wouldn't be known today about the history of the Philadelphia Orchestra had the cellist from the orchestra not been snapping away all those years.