The conductor has lost both of her parents in the past two weeks. Both were respected professional musicians. Marin has asked Slipped Disc to share these messages with the music community.
It is with great emotion that I share the news of my mother’s passing. Kristin and I had a slumber party with her all night and after we served a big lunch, surrounded by friends and family, we sorted through old pictures near her bedside, laughing and sharing memories together. Shortly after we finished my mother slipped away to a deeply peaceful rest.
She was courageous to the end, defying every single doctor’s expectations, living 5 times beyond their predictions…but would we have expected anything less?
Most importantly, in the end, she was truly at peace and had become the person and mother she had always wanted to be. Thank you all for loving my mother and for sharing her time on this planet.
with much love
Ruth Alsop – 82, passed away at home, surrounded by her family, on January 23rd. She was born on February 24th, 1931 in Melrose, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late William and Mary O’Neil Condell. She attended St. Mary’s Academy in Melrose, after which she attended Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, where she received her Master’s degree in Music. She also attended the Yale School of Music, eventually moving to Colorado to further her study in music.
She was a cellist for 50+ years with the New York City Orchestra Ballet. She toured with Columbia Artists with the Gotham Trio. Ruth was also a cellist for the Radio City Music Hall and taught music at Brooklyn College and Potsdam University for many years. When the Statue of Liberty reopened, Ruth played with Frank Sinatra at the ceremonies. She owned Schoolhouse Antiques in Saratoga.
Ruth is survived by her daughter Marin Alsop and her Partner Kristin Jurkscheit of Baltimore, MD; Sisters M. Elaine Love of Saratoga Springs, NY., Clair Meuse of Wilton, ME., Nancy Green of Wakefield, MA; Beloved grandson, Auden Alsop, 11 nieces and nephews and many, great-nieces and nephews and adored friends. The family will hold a Tribute to Ruth’s amazing life later in the year.
Online condolences can be made at www.compassionatefuneralcare.com
Donations to the Alsop Family Foundation to further Ruth’s commitment to women in the arts can be made in lieu of flowers.
It is with unspeakable sorrow that I share the news of my father’s death. We told stories of his many escapades and he quietly and peacefully left us. He was an inspiring, gifted, talented, fun loving, generous man who had only kindness in his heart. His passing is especially heartbreaking, coming less than two weeks after my beautiful mother’s passing.
We will be planning a celebration concert in NYC for later this spring. Please remember Lamar smiling, whistling, riding his bike through the streets of Manhattan with his violin or viola (or both) dangling over the handlebars!
Thank you all for your kindness and compassion.
Keith Lamar Alsop passed away on February 3, 2014 at 10:30pm with his family at his side. He was born on March 11, 1928 in Murray, Utah, and grew up surrounded by 7 siblings and much music.
Graduating from the Mannes College of Music, “Lamar” served as the Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra for over 30 years, retiring in 1993. A versatile musician, he began his career at the age of 17 in the Utah Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Maurice Abravenal and mastered the violin, viola, clarinet, flute and saxophone before completing his musical studies at Columbia University. Lamar was a member of the Beaux Art String Quartet, the American String Quartet, the Carnegie String Quartet, the Alsop-Bernstein Trio, with wife, Ruth Alsop, and the Philadelphia Piano Quartet with fellow concertmaster, Norman Caroll. He served as a faculty member at Brooklyn College, SUNY Pottsdam and Luzerne Music Center. In addition to his career in symphonic music, Alsop toured the country with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians.
Lamar was one of the most well-recorded studio artists of his generation. He collaborated and recorded with Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Nina Simone, Tony Bennett, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Peter, Paul and Mary, Ricky Martin, Wynton Marsalis, Gloria Estefan, Spyro Gyra and many others. He can be heard on the sound tracks of over 50 movies, including “Fargo” and “Fame.” Among his avocations was the fine art of whistling and he was featured on numerous albums and commercials as whistler.
Proud Father of Marin and her partner, Kristin Jurkscheit, he is also survived by his beloved grandson, Auden. (Lamar was an avid antique collector; he loved corned beef sandwiches from the Carnegie Deli: renovating houses; and always had a project in progress. He took pride in crafting hand-turned batons for his daughter.) He is pre-deceased by Ruth E. Alsop, his former wife of 49 years, and cellist in the New York City Ballet for more than 50 years who passed away on January 23, 2014.