At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult--especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez--a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player--first inspired the would-be musician. And years later, the younger Vásquez still remains thankful for the dutiful instruction provided by his elder.
A Stradivarius that was pilfered from Roman Totenberg's office at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts some 35 years ago has finally been returned. The Totenberg family has reclaimed the instrument but sadly, Roman is not alive to witness it.