Roger Ruggeri has played double bass in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for 52 years, writing its program notes for much of that time. He’s a former conducting student of Pierre Monteux.
Shirley Rosin has played in the MSO second violins for exactly half a century. Her mother used to commute up from Chicago to fill in the freelance gaps, and was her roommate on tour.
Both vets retire this month, graduating instantly to the Slipped Disc hall of fame of longest-serving players.
We wish them a long and contented retirement.