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" Access Living is a powerful voice for people in the Chicago area who live with disabilities. "
" The 'Mozart Symphony No. 27' is an early composition. I find it charming. "
" There is no such thing as getting rid of nervousness. "
" Brahms is one of my all-time favorite composers. "
" If you can read, then you can recite Shakespeare. But that's not acting. "
" There are people who are uncanny, who are finished products at a young age. I wasn't, thank God. "
" I've been lucky to conduct the very best orchestras in the world: New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Berlin, the London Philharmonic. "
" I met my wife in music camp. She's got great ears, and we have a relationship where she's not afraid to tell me anything. If something's going on in my playing, she will tell me about it, and that's very, very important. "
" Television will always err on the side of making something not quite as classy as it could be. "
" The thing about talent is that it comes at different ages, sometimes at a very early age. That's when I find it to be the most challenging. "
" The difference is that with Ebola, it is such a devastating disease, and there is still no cure. They're still working on vaccines. The fact of the matter with polio, there is a cure; there is a vaccine. "
" The problems of the disabled are unpopular. "
" The most important thing to do is really listen. "
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" That makes classical music work, the ability to improvise. "
" I listen to kids play a lot. "
" When you are 8 or 9, you should have a childhood. You should have adolescence. You should go through everything in a normal way. "
" It is good medicine to go to a concert hall and forget the harshness of what's going on. It can be a very positive thing. "
" Life is always full of challenges. I believe you're never happy unless you're consistently making challenges for yourself. "
" My experience with the Detroit Symphony has been musically very satisfying. They have a wonderful sound, which for me is one of the most important qualities in an orchestra. "
" This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in five or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development. "
" In the musician, there is a tendency to have a narrowness. It's all compartmentalized. I am playing the violin; that's all I know, nothing else, no education, no nothing. You just practice every day. "
" When I was growing up in Israel, Cantorial music was something I heard over and over on the radio, so it wasn't at all strange to me. I was very familiar with the music. "
" Every person with a disability is an individual. "
" To bring a large audience to a piece of serious music and make it accessible does not mean reducing it in any way. And I've learned that if something is good, even if it is a little difficult, people will get that it is good. "
" One of the most important elements in teaching, conducting, and performing, all three, is listening. "
" Everybody's saying, you know, 'You're so heroic and so on despite of the polio that you had and so on.' Look, I had polio when I was four. So when you're four years old, you know, you get used to things very, very quickly. "
" I always find that there is a real communication between voice and violin. "
" Only one of my grandchildren is serious about a musical instrument. The others dabble in it. "
" A lot of society tries to put people with disabilities into one cube, and when you think about it, many, many people have different types of disabilities, and you cannot put a code that applies to towards everyone - generally, they can be guidelines, but in the long run, interior designers and architects need more education on the subject. "
" Architects have to become more aware of exactly what is involved in designing barrier-free buildings and homes. "
" I say to string players in small chamber orchestras, 'it's always easy to become a passenger on the journey in sound, just adding volume to the whole. But if you play in an individual way, it makes the difference between good and great sound in an orchestra.' "