Virus toll, week 6: These we have lost

Virus toll, week 6: These we have lost


norman lebrecht

May 03, 2020

In our sixth week of isolation the following deaths were recorded in the music community:

55 Philadelphia Orchestra legend Alan Abel

56 Metropolitan Opera finalist and world opera singer Gurcell Henry

57 Joseph Feingold, who gave a violin to a Bronx kid and was co-star of “Joe’s Violin

58 Stanley L. Morse, music director at Trinity Gospel Temple, Canton, Philadelphia.

59 NY organist and music teacher Donald J. Sorel

60 Oberlin College dean David S. Boe

61 Lorna Breen, ER doctor and cellist

62 Opera conductor Baldo Podic

63 Yale organist Charles Krigbaum

64 Choral conductor Stanley Curtis

65 Singer-songwriter Óscar Chávez 

66 Ballets Russes dancer and choraographer Ilona Murai

67 Mediterranean concert organiser Richard Coram



This was week 1.

Week 2

Week 3.

Week 4

Week 5

The number of fatalities in the music community has held steady at 10-15 a week throughout the pandemic so far.



  • Enrique Sanchez says:

    Incalculable loss 🙁