cellist, conductor and teacher who led the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and
the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra and helped premiere Charles Ives’ Aeschylus and Sophocles at
L.A.’s Wilshire Ebell Chamber Music Hall on
2nd April 1951.
In the 1960s,
he was busy with the South Bay Chamber Music Society, Inc., performing
several concerts in 1964, much of their repertoire consisting of Classical
composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert. Five years later, he returned to the
SBCMS, this time as a member of the Lyric Arts String Quartet, in a program
ranging from Franz Joseph Haydn to 20th-century American
composer, Samuel Barber.
arranger, he re-worked Johann Michael Haydn’s “Trio No. 1 in G”
into a wind quintet, and boiled down Peter Ilyich
Tchaikovsky’s “Valse sentimentale” for cello and piano. A performance of this latter work
can be heard on the Nathaniel Rosen/Doris Stevenson 1994 release, Orientale.
There are a
couple of opportunities to hear Alexander on CD, one being Doris
Day’s Que Sera Sera
and the other being Frank Sinatra’s 1979 boxed set, Trilogy.