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GSO Photos 1986

Below are photos I took in 1986 when my father conducted the Greenville Symphony in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  If memory serves, I’m pretty sure this was a dress rehearsal the afternoon before the performance.  This is when the GSO’s home venue was McAlister Auditorium on the Furman University Campus.


 

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Conductor Peter Rickett at the podium. The podium seems to be precariously mounted between the stage and the first row of seats. I can only assume this was done to accommodate the “Choral.”

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The Greenville Symphony rehearsing Beethoven’s 9th. A crowded stage…

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Sorry I can’t identify the guest soloists, but I do recognize our longtime family friend, Richard Magg, sitting first cello.

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Naturally, I took a separate shot of the bass section. That’s my late brother, Steve Rickett, in the back row guesting from Savannah, GA for this performance. Also, I think that’s Tim Easter (2nd bassist from the right), the current principal bass player for the GSO.

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Since I almost never sat in the audience, this is the view I remember my father best as he led the orchestra.  


Photo notes:  The picture quality is not what I would hope for but it was the technology available to me at the time which was a Pentax 35 mm SLR (handed down from my father) with 5294 Kodak motion picture film processed by RGB Photo Lab in Hollywood, CA.  I was able to dig out the negatives recently and scanned them with an inexpensive 5.1 megapixel scanner I bought on Amazon.com.  Sorry about the hairs, I don’t have a suitable place to handle the negatives.  

In Memoriam Page on GSO Website

The Greenville Symphony created a wonderful “In Memoriam” page on their website for “the GSO’s first full-time music director and conductor.”  It’s very nice and we thank them kindly.  Click here to see to see it.

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String Camp

 

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L to R: Me, Christine, Dad, Stevie, Debbie

Circa 1966.

A Visit with John Abbott

Peter Rickett, John Abbott, Betsie Rickett

Peter Rickett, John Abbott, Betsie Rickett

This is a photo of my parents, Betsie & Peter, with character actor John Abbott circa 1991.  At the time I was helping John Abbott with the writing of his book about acting and his career. While my parents were visiting Los Angeles, I brought them over to meet the elderly actor.  Sadly, John Abbott’s unique and interesting book was never published.

 

Picnic Point 2

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Here’s another photo from Picnic Point on Lake Mendota in 1947 (near Madison, WI).

 

Photo: Bill Rickett in Costume

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Someone is going to have to explain this one to me.

 

Photo: The Five Wood

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Photo by David Rickett

Here’s Dad posing with his trusty 5-wood (metal) in 2006.  As I remember, the point of this photo was that at his age things went better when he teed off with his 5-metal (wood).  Somehow, that’s been true for me my entire golfing life.  This photo was taken on one of the courses in Sun City West, AZ.