Hollywood’s classical walk of fame

Posted on: June 1, 2010

Monday (5/31) on the Orange County Register’s arts blog, Timothy Mangan writes, “A person strolling the four blocks (approx.) between the Roosevelt Hotel and the Musso and Frank Grill on Hollywood Blvd. is naturally attracted to the sidewalk. You really can’t help yourself from looking down and reading the names of the actors, actresses, pop stars and radio personalities enshrined there, in a series of gold rimmed stars. It makes no sense, really—you recognize the names, and you think, so what? A star with a name inside it. But you still want to see ‘who’ the next star is. But the real surprise is that, in that brief span, a number of classical music’s legends are also commemorated in the stars. Even a violist. I knew a few were there, but not this many. So I started snapping photos when I was up there the other day.” Mangan’s collection of snapshots, which can be seen at the link above, includes stars bearing the names of Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin, Eugene Ormandy, and Arturo Toscanini, among others.

Posted June 1, 2010