William Fitzpatrick - violin expert

The Many Stories of Bill Fitzpatrick: Being invited to conduct in South Africa

Another interesting story about his life and music

In this video, Prof. Fitzpatrick talks about an opportunity to play in South Africa.

Released on June 29, 2022

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Video Transcription

It was 1986, in Paris, when I got a call from a concertmaster friend from Capetown South Africa. He asked me if I would consider conducting Gianni Schicchi and Cavalleria rusticana with the orchestra. I was reluctant so he set up a call for me to talk to a US diplomat in South Africa. So later I was eating in a restaurant alone when a South African couple asked to join me. I told them about my offer and they said don't do it and I listened. Later I explained it to a marketing friend and he said I should do It, then go to a New York agency and tell them I'm the one everyone is talking about... But finally I decided to decline the offer as I didn't really didn't want to be a byline in a Stevie Wonder song. As well if I had done it, my grandmother would have never spoken to me again.
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