In the Boston Herald’s “State of the Arts” blog on Monday (11/10), Cambridge Symphony Orchestra co-founder Rachel Spiller remembers the late Tom Magliozzi of NPR’s Car Talk program. The orchestra’s connection to Magliozzi started nearly 20 years ago “with a random, post-rehearsal conversation with local composer Allen Feinstein about the need for more narrated pieces for Family Concerts.… The Little Engine That Could came up as a prime candidate and the extra added appeal of potentially asking local celebrities Click and Clack of Car Talk to narrate made it even more appealing. Fast forward two years after that conversation and Allen tells me that he is writing the piece. And so, my task of getting the Magliozzi Brothers to narrate was clear…. Rehearsals, much publicity, and then a jam-packed house for a wonderful concert…. We are grateful not only for the learning and the laughs of Car Talk but, especially, for his inspiring a wonderful addition to the orchestral repertoire for Family Concerts. We will think of him when we hear the piece as well as when we share the story with our children and grandchildren, reading about the antics of the funny little clown.” Magliozzi was a long-time resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the orchestra is based.
Posted November 10, 2014