Obituary: Richard Weiner, longtime Cleveland Orchestra principal percussionist, 82

Posted on: January 3, 2019

“Richard Weiner passed away on December 30, 2018 at the age of 82. He was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra for 48 seasons (1963–2011), 43 years as principal percussionist,” writes Lauren Vogel Weiss in an obituary recently posted on the website of the Percussive Arts Society, a percussion nonprofit organization based in Indianapolis. “He was still on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he taught percussion for 55 years, influencing multiple generations of percussionists…. Weiner submitted an article to Percussive Notes [published by Percussive Arts Society] just days before he died. Look for his article on the glockenspiel part to ‘Waldweben (Forest Murmurs)’ from Richard Wagner’s opera Siegfried in the March 2019 issue of Percussive Notes.” Included are tributes from current and former percussionists from multiple orchestras who were colleagues or students of Weiner: John Kinzie (Colorado Symphony Orchestra), Jerry Noble (Dayton Philharmonic), Alan Abel (Philadelphia Orchestra), David Fishlock (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Eric Shinn (National Symphony Orchestra), Lenny Sakofsky (New Zealand Symphony), Tim Adams (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), and Tom Freer (Cleveland Orchestra).  

Posted January 3, 2019