In memory of
ROTHSTEIN SIDNEY A nationally known conductor whose professional career spanned a 50 year period, died at the age of 80, in Wyomissing, Pa. on February 2, 2017. Rothstein's specialty was working with metropolitan orchestras with whom he used his extensive repertoire to build the artistic level of their musicians. Born in Philadelphia in 1936, his life was a musical journey. He began lessons on his grandfather's violin at the age of 9, becoming an accomplished violinist and violist of profess-ional stature. At the age of 25 Rothstein received formal training from the legendary Pierre Monteaux in Maine and in Europe. In 1964 he founded the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia and was their Music Director from 1964-1976. In his final year with that orchestra he conducted the Symphony No. 8 by Gustav Mahler (The Symphony of a Thousand) to officially open Philadelphia's Bicentennial celebration. The performance was broadcast nationally and widely acclaimed as a spectacular accomplishment. "At the close of the concert, the audience went wild and joined the sea of performers in cheering their brilliant, masterful conductor, Sidney Rothstein" (Philadelphia Bulletin, March 27, 1976.) In 1976 he began his tenure with the Reading Symphony (RSO). During his time in Reading he also, for various periods, held conducting posts with orchestras in Honolulu, Charleston, West Virginia, Orlando, Florida, and Ridgefield, Connecticut. In April 2006, Rothstein brought to a close a 30 year career as Conductor and Music Director of the RSO. A newspaper tribute from Susan Pena, Music Critic of the Reading Eagle, noted "No one has done more to shape the fabric of this orchestra, or indeed, music in our community, through the past three decades, while under his leadership, the RSO entered a period of unprecedented growth." Rothstein is survived by his brother, Dr. Edward Rothstein and his wife Christine, 2 nephews and niece. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Sunday February 26, 2017 at the Conservatory at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Arrangements by: WEST LAUREL HILL FUNERAL HOME, INC. www.westlaurelhill.com
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