Clarinet Concerto by Eino Rautavaara at Carnegie Hall, by Theodore H. Friedman

As a lover of classical music, I have a special appreciation for Finnish orchestral music. In my opinion, it reached its first high point at the turn of the 20th century, proclaiming a clear doctrine of Finnish nationalist sentiments, and a second high point with the works of Eino Rautavaara.

To share my appreciation, I engaged Rautavaara with the proposition of playing a concert, and, in 2000, he decided upon the idea of the Clarinet Concerto in New York. He’d come to see his Eighth Symphony performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and he soon met Richard Stoltzman, who would play solo clarinet. The two met repeatedly in Helsinki, Finland, afterward.

To my great pleasure, the Clarinet Concerto was first played in Carnegie Hall at the Kennedy Center, and was conducted by Leonard Flatkin. It has since been played all over the world. Having commissioned the concerto, I took no greater pride than in having it performed for my mother, Mary Kerewsky Friedman.

More about the author: An attorney with over 36 years of experience, Theodore H. Friedman owns his own law firm in New York City. As an attorney, he has focused much of his attention on personal injury cases and trial law.

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