b. Linda Fisher- 2nd membre d'honneur

notre gracieuse amie Linda Fisher est décédée (été 2012)

Linda s'est battue longtemps mais avec grace et un grand optimisme.
C'etait effectivement une femme adorable et rayonnante.
J'ai eu la chance de la rencontrer plusieurs fois:
en 2010, elle avait gracieusement accepté de d'offrir un joli recital à quelques membres
de l'Alliance Française avant un concert de Yann Pascal Tortelier;
comme elle adorait pratiquer son Français, qu'elle parlait fort bien, je l'ai revue plusieurs fois.
Son sourire lumineux et sincère est l'image que je conserve d'elle.
Peut être etait-elle deja un ange?
Elle vient de redeployer ses ailes pour retrouver ses congènères dans
l'au-delà... La connaissant, elle sourit surement là-haut en disant comme elle le disait
à chaque rechute:
"Mais ce n'est pas grave du tout!! Et puis cela va s'ameliorer tres vite; j'ai confiance.
Bon, quand est-ce que je peux jouer un air de violon??"
Benedicte

Ms. Fischer, of Squirrel Hill, died Monday. She was 56.

"She was the most positive person I think any of us have ever met,"

said her longtime friend Alison Fujito, a fellow symphony violinist. "She was always smiling."

"Her love for music was profound and her playing was sublime," said Jim Rodgers, the symphony's contrabassoonist.

"When you watched her play, you could tell that she was loving every minute of it."

Ms. Fischer was born in Pittsburgh into a musical family.

Her father, Richard, played viola for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and her mother, Ruth,

and sister, Janice, both played the cello. At times, they formed a family quartet.

Mr. Fischer's musical career took the family away from Pittsburgh, to places such as New Mexico and Indiana.

She joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1985 after performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic.

Ms. Fischer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and underwent surgery and radiation.

She served as a mentor and supporter for other women in the symphony who were later diagnosed with breast cancer,

said viola player Penny Brill, also a breast cancer survivor.

Seven years later, Ms. Fischer was diagnosed with liver and brain cancer, for which she underwent gamma knife therapy and chemotherapy.

"The prognosis was terrible and it was amazing what she made of that time," said Ms. Brill.

"She won a competition and played a recital -- it was amazing."

In addition to her work with the Pittsburgh Symphony, she served as a concertmistress

and a soloist with the Jewish Community Center Orchestra.

The family will hold a private memorial service.


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