In Memoriam: July 2014

Crescendo issue: July 2014

Lorin Maazel (IAC 38-39) passed away at his home in Castleton, Virginia. Maazel was a renowned, gifted conductor and director who led the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera and several other ensembles and companies around the world throughout his storied career. Noted as a "study in contradictions," he wielded his baton with an unmatched precision, an ability backed up by an outstanding memory, one which allowed him to conduct and direct without musical scores laid out in front of him. His skill was evident at a very young age. Maazel was a genuine child prodigy whose father sought out the aid of violist and conductor Vladimir Bakaleinikov, who then developed the boy's skill as a conductor. It was Bakaleinikov who brought the young boy to Interlochen, where he conducted the National High School Orchestra at age ten, and also at the World's Fair in New York City. Later, he would reconnect with Interlochen, conducting WYSO during the 60th anniversary celebrations at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Maazel was 84 years old.

Dr. Alice Brandfonbrener (IAC/NMC St 71-77) passed away in Chicago, Illinois, on May 31, 2014, at age 83. She was the head camp doctor for seven summers and acted as a substitute mother for many campers. She treated thousands of musicians, actors and dancers from around the world at the clinic she founded in 1985 to treat performing artists at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago (later at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). She started a national journal of performing arts medicine and served for many years as the medical director of the Aspen Music Festival, where she founded an annual international conference on performing arts medicine. She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 50 years, Dr. Martin Brandfonbrener. She leaves four children: Mark, a cellist in Chicago (IAC/NMC 70, 72-76); Amy, a violist in West LaFayette, IN (IAC/NMC IG 73-77); Eric, a lawyer in Chicago (IAC/NMC 75-77); and Josh (IAC/NMC 75-77), an architect in NY. She had 12 grandchildren, including one who attended Camp in 2011.

Laurie Howard Cooper (IAA 73-74) of Superior, WI, passed away on June 2, 2014.

We offer our condolences to the families and friends of those we have lost in our Interlochen community. Family members are welcome to submit up to 100 words for inclusion in the In Memoriam section to Please note that all submissions are subject to editing.