Two musicians lose home in California wildfire

Posted on: September 21, 2020

“Dieter Wulfhorst and Susan Doering … a cellist and his violinist wife, normally would have been on the go, traveling to Europe and around the U.S. to perform individually and together as the Emerald Duo … and to teach master classes,” writes Nancy Prince in Sunday’s (9/21) Central Valley Wire (Fresno, CA). They “perform with symphonies and orchestras up and down the Valley, including the Fresno Philharmonic, and have taught at Fresno State and Fresno Pacific. But the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled their performances and travel, and kept them close to their Mile High neighborhood home.… Their pastoral peace was shattered on Sept. 6 when the rapidly expanding Creek Fire targeted their neighborhood…. When the mandatory evacuation order came through … Wulfhorst and Doering still had time to collect … his cello, made in 1693 by Giovanni Battista Rogeri, her collection of antique bows dating to the 19th century and her violin, their passports and other important documents.… Two homes were lost to the flames—Wulfhorst and Doering’s, and a neighbor’s…. He counts himself and Doering as lucky to have kind friends with a spare house … so they can remain safe from COVID-19 concerns while they figure out what to do next.”