Death of a conductor, 101, active to the endmain
Edward Simons, America’s oldest active conductor, has peacefully passed away.
Our sympathies to his daughter, Jo, and wider family.
Here’s how his orchestra were informed:
It is with great sadness that I must tell you that Ed Simons passed away today ( June 26 ). He was 101. Jo Simons, Ed’s daughter informed me a short while ago. Last month I visited with Ed and we talked and laughed about his conducting one more time at Concert for Remembrance to break his own record. He asked to conduct Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 for strings and 2 flutes which he had conducted before at one of the early Concerts, I think 2003.
We will play the Brandenburg at the concert in honor and remembrance of Ed, with Holly Druckman conducting.
If you haven’t already contacted me , I would love to hear from those of you who would like to play with us on Sunday, September 16.
With love and a heavy heart, but also a humbling feeling of appreciation that I had the privilege and joy of knowing and playing with Ed for so many years.