I have three messages. One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it's a team. Diana Nyad, 64, after completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida on her fifth attempt.
To my brothers, Shalom and Dov
Standing in a crowded elevator in midtown Manhattan with a cello strapped to your back is no way to win a popularity contest.
If you thought a fiddler on a roof was in a precarious position, imagine what happens when a middle-aged professor with a bad back takes up the cello. Ari Goldman hasn’t played in twenty-five years, but he’s decided to give the cello one last chance. First he secures a seat in his eleven-year-old son’s youth orchestra, and then he’s ready for the big time: the Late Starters Orchestra of New York City—a bona fide amateur string orchestra for beginning or recently returning adult players.
We accompany Goldman to LSO rehearsals (their motto is “If you think you can play, you can”) and sit in on his son’s Suzuki lessons (where we find out that children do indeed learn differently from adults). And we wonder whether Goldman will be good enough to perform at his next birthday party. Coming to the rescue is the ghost of Goldman’s very first cello teacher, Mr. J, who continues to inspire and guide him—about music and more—through this enchanting midlife journey.
The Late Starters Orchestra reminds us that with a band of friends beside us, anything is possible.
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In a cluttered room in an abandoned coat factory in lower Manhattan,the Late Starters Orchestra comes together each week to make music. All have come late to music or come back to it after a long absence. In this bona fide amateur string orchestra, Goldman pursues his lifelong dream of playing the cello. Goldman takes us along to LSO rehearsals and his son's Suzuki lessons; he explores history's greatest cellists and attempts to understand what motivates his fellow late starters.