I grew up in a working class household and was always told "classical music wasn't for people like us." I had a children's encyclopedia which I devoured cover to cover. They covered classical composers, and mentioned Beethoven's Ninth as the greatest symphony. I had to wait until I was fourteen and old enough to get an adult library card, which meant I could check out records. I could not believe anything could sound so beautiful. I listened over and over and dreamed of a better life. I was a teenager listening to classical music and being yelled at by my parents to "turn that noise down." I worked hard, got a scholarship and went to college (something I was also told wasn't for me) at the University of Pittsburgh, at which time I got a student ticket for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, at the time under William Steinberg. I was a subscriber there until my husband's job brought us to Southern California, and have been a subscriber to the Los Angeles Philharmonic ever since. I still can't believe anything can sound so beautiful!
Alta Loma, CA