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Cellist Jacqueline du Pre’ To Be Focus Of Y’s Women Meeting In Westport

Jacqueline du Pre’ will be subject of the next Y's Women meeting in Westport
Jacqueline du Pre’ will be subject of the next Y's Women meeting in Westport Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Noted cellist Jacqueline du Pre’ will be the focus of a presentation by Bob Fatherly at the Y’s Women meeting on Monday, Nov. 27 in Westport.

The event will be held at Temple Israel on Coleytown Road and will begin at 10:15 a.m. with coffee and conversation followed by the program at 11 a.m.

The presentation will consist of a film about du Pre’, who during her prime was recognized as one of the world’s leading cellists and a role model for many young musicians. Her playing was characterized by an unusual mixture of elegance and ferocity … her technique virtually flawless.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, she and her husband, the conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, were admired for their energy, musicality and youthful glamour. However, by the mid 70s, du Pre’s multiple sclerosis rendered her virtually paralyzed. From that point on, she put all of her energies into teaching, when possible, and working for MS research.

To raise funds, The National MS Society, in tandem with an organization called the Jacqueline du Pre’ Research Fund, presented several concerts at Carnegie Hall. Among the participants were violinist Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Eugene Istomin and other illustrious musicians.

In 1981, du Pre’s story became the subject of a Broadway play, “Duet for One,” which starred Anne Bancroft and Max von Sydow. She died in London in 1987 at the age of 42.

The Y’s Women, founded in 1992, serves active and involved working and retired women in Fairfield County, and has a membership of more than 400 members. To learn more, visit the website at www.yswomen.org . For membership info, contact Doris Levinson at drjlevinson@gmail.com.

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