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WFMT Special: Adolph “Bud” Herseth

Adolph Herseth and Sir Georg Solti

Adolph Herseth and Sir Georg Solti

Hear the two-hour WFMT profile of Adolph “Bud” Herseth, produced by WFMT in 2002 to commemorate the retirement of one of music’s most remarkable orchestral musicians.

Adolph Herseth died Saturday at his home in Oak Park at the age of 91. He was principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for fifty-three years, and principal trumpet emeritus for another three years.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/johnkmohan John Mohan

    Thank you so much for making this available as a download. I enjoyed listening to the show last night, drinking a ceremonial Budweiser (Mr. Herseth’s favorite beer, for which he was given the nickname “Bud” by his friends). It will be wonderful to be able to listen again to the program as I wish in the future.
    And thank you Bud, for all the wonderful music and musical guidance, whether direct or indirect, to so many of us over the years. And my most heartfelt condolences to Avis, Bud’s wife and the only gal he ever dated. That two trumpet players could stay together and happy for all those years is an inspiration to all couples!
    Sincerely,
    John Mohan

  • Dave Arndt

    A truly astonishing career! What a wonderful tribute to this great musician who inspired so many over the course of his life. He leaves a legacy that might never be equalled. Many thanks to WFMT for posting these MP3’s. They are going into my library!

  • Judith A. Saxton

    I so appreciate WFMT for posting these mp3’s. These are excellent (no surprise!) and I played the first mp3 for my trumpet studio class this morning at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (high school, college, grad and post grad students). They are tasked to listen the rest of the tribute on their own.

    I spent 4 years in Civic Orchestra of Chicago in sectionals with Mr. Herseth, and spent 10 years freelancing in Chicago. Ironically, the same exact day I won the first-ever trumpet substitute audition at the CSO – after Bud retired – I was offered positions with the Wichita Symphony and Wichita State University (the same job John Hagstrom – 2nd trumpet in CSO – had previously). I ended up flying back to Chicago to sub occasionally. For one concert, I was playing next to Bud on a Gabrieli (since he kept playing with the section following his retirement as principal). it was a treat! This tribute is also a treat. Many thanks!
    Judith Saxton

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