Playing 50 years near the White House

Playing 50 years near the White House


norman lebrecht

June 07, 2019

Two string players retired last night from the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC.

Cellist Janet Frank, Washington born and educated in the city’s public schools, was appointed to the orchestra in 1969 by music director Howard Mitchell.


Violinist Linda Schroeder joined in 1978, signed up by music director Mstislav Rostropovich.



  • Mock Mahler says:

    And Noseda made three appointments (two cellists and a percussionist), for a total of eleven in his two years.

  • NewLarry says:

    The American Scholar published Janet Frank’s delightful and insightful reminiscences of Leopold Stokowski a few years ago. If this link works ….

  • Little Richard says:

    Check out a couple of othe really nice pieces in the American Scholar written by Janet Frank:

    on world-famous conductors

    and on Leroy Anderson