Violist from Los Angeles, California,
who started out on violin but gravitated to the viola at Juilliard.
whom she has worked include the Heritage Trio, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,
the Marlboro Festival Orchestra, the New York Viola Society, the South Bay
Chamber Music Society, and the Southern California Viola Society.
December 1972, the Heritage Trio interpreted Johann Sebastian Bach’s
“Sonata a Tre in G minor”, Johannes
Brahms’ “Two Pieces for Solo Piano, Op. 76”, Benjamin
on a Song of Dowland”, Paul
Hindemith’s “Sonata for Oboe and Piano”, Benedetto Marcello’s “Sonata in G minor for
Viola and Keyboard”, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Suite
for Viola and Piano”.
Myra was one-sixth of a string sextet that
performed under the umbrella of the South Bay Chamber Music Society on 11th
February 1977. Their program
comprised Brahms’ “String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op.
18” and “String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36”, and
Friedrich August Kummer’s “Duet in C
major for Two Cellos, Op. 22”.
September 1977, she and fellow violinist Norman Auzin
Leonard and cellist Ronald Leonard appeared at the Palos Verdes Peninsula
Library Auditorium. Their
recital consisted of J.S. Bach’s “Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV
1007”, Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Serenade in D major, Op.
8” and Zoltan Kodaly’s “Duo,
made her solo debut at Alice Tully Hall in New York on 26th January
1981. Accompanying her were
mezzo-soprano Shirley Love, cellist Jeffrey Solow, and pianist Meg Bachman
Vas. Her coming-out party
included J.S. Bach’s “Sonata in G, BWV 1027”,
Beethoven’s “Duo in E flat”, Brahms’ “Two
Songs, Op. 91”, Britten’s “Lachrymae”,
Paul Hindemith’s “Trauermusik”
and Georg Philipp Telemann’s “Concerto in G”.
which she has appeared include:
Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos Nos.
4-6/Orchestral Suite No. 4 and Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 with
Pablo Casals & the Marlboro Festival Orchestra; The Christmas Album by Air Supply; Crazy for You by Earl Klugh; I’m Glad You’re Here With Me
Tonight and In My Lifetime by
Neil Diamond; In Your Eyes by
Mary MacGregor; Raise! by Earth, Wind & Fire; and,
That’s What Friends Are For
by Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams.
She can also
be heard on the soundtracks of The
Cincinnati Kid, The Dead Pool,
The Enforcer, The Fox, Harry and the Hendersons, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,
Kelly’s Heroes, Love at First Bite, Murph the Surf, Pretty Maids All in a Row, Rocky
IV, Stripes, and Sudden Impact.
In the field
of music education, she taught at the San Francisco Conservatory. Her legacy has lived on in students
such as Liz Dunkelberger and Ray Tischer.
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
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