Frederick Fennell Passes Away

Discussion in 'Orchestra / Solo / Chamber Music' started by stukvalve, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. stukvalve

    stukvalve New Friend

    Oct 29, 2004
    Hello All, I wanted to let everyone know that Frederick Fennell passed away early this morning. It was a privelage for me to have performed under his direction for his last appearance with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
  2. Bear

    Bear Forte User

    Apr 30, 2004
    That is so sad. What an amazing person and musician/conductor.
  3. Bourbon City

    Bourbon City Pianissimo User

    Jun 8, 2004
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    I also was very lucky to have played under his baton.

    A few years ago, he and I was to attend the same function. He, unfortunately was not able to attend at the last moment. I took his name tag.

    He will be missed.

    God Bless you Federick Fennel.
  4. davidjohnson

    davidjohnson Piano User

    Nov 2, 2003
    he rehearsed the college band i was in for a couple of days, & then led the concert. i remember playing 'lincolnshire posy, elegy for a young american, passacaglia & fugue (d or g minor), a wagner's ring synthesis'....forgot the others.
    i like his rochester pops recording of 'russian sailor's dance'. it has a neat horn crescendo other folx don't add.

  5. Bourbon City

    Bourbon City Pianissimo User

    Jun 8, 2004
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    I received this yesterday. I wanted to share this with the world.

    -----Original Message----- From: Cathy Fennell Martensen Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 10:37 AM Subject: Fred Fennell I've managed to reach some of you by phone, others not, and I did not want to leave this as a voice message. I want you, and the greater music community to know that my father died peacefully in his sleep early this morning, Tuesday, December 7, 2004. Elizabeth and I were by his side. I had promised him that I would do all I could to get him back to Siesta Key so he could watch the sun set over the ocean. With the help of Hospice, he arrived home in time to see the brilliant orange and pinks in the western skies last evening. A bit before Midnight, dad told me he was "frustrated and disappointed." When I asked him, "Why?" he replied, "There's no drummer here yet. I can't die without a drummer!" I told him that I loved him, and that "Heaven's best drummer was on the way." Moments later he said, "I hear him! I hear him!
    I'm OK now." This was my final conversation with my dad. I was blessed to be able to dress my father in his finest set of tails after he died, complete with the usual struggle with his tie. Elizabeth asked if he could be "dressed up" and I could think of nothing finer for a lasting memory.
    Dad asked to be cremated and that I scatter his ashes in the woods at Interlochen, Michigan this summer. This, of course, I will do. Elizabeth is OK at this point. We are closely watching her, monitoring her blood sugar levels and seeing that she gets the diet and rest she needs after such a life transition. There will be a small Memorial Service at a church in Siesta Key. No date or time has been set yet. As knowledge of my father's death is communicated, please keep both Elizabeth and me in your prayers. Fondly > Cathy Fennell Martensen Feel free to forward this email.


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