Today, June 5, I received my June 2018 issue of Local 802 Allegro magazine. Arriving at page 34/Requiem-Obituaries, I am staring at the top left corner in complete disbelief. Richie and I met playing together in New Jersey Region II Orchestra, in New Jersey All-State Orchestra, Central Jersey Wind Symphony, Opera Festival Orchestra, and numerous others; he from Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey and I from Franklin High School, Somerset, New Jersey. Both with grand dreams of becoming successful professional musicians. Following high school graduation, he used to return to Immaculata where he coached the music students and telephoned every time he was in the area. I used to meet him frequently in New York on the way to Juilliard, or leaving, sharing stories and experiences together. As Artistic Director of the Heritage Chamber Music Society, I invited him to play a solo recital. The performance was beautiful. His mother and sister attended. He told me he had just returned from Hawaii, playing in the Honolulu Symphony, and was happy to return back to the NYC area. That was the last time I saw him. But I always knew he was playing in the NYC Ballet Orchestra and teaching in New York. Richie, your glorious oboe tone will be heard forever in heaven. To anyone who reads this, please, I would like to know what happened. May he rest in peace.
Miriam Lynn Nelson
Somerset, New JerseyHeritageCMS@aol.com