The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Memorial service for James Crow is this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Capitol Lakes. Here are more obituaries emphasizing his family, his science and his music plus Mozart’s music to mourn him.

January 10, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

As I promised last week, I am posting information about the memorial service for the renowned University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of genetics James F. Crow (below), who died last Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 95 and who also played such a vital role in Madison’s classical music scene.

The first link is to a complete and official obituary, with much more information about his family and survivors than I had. It appeared on Sunday in The Wisconsin State Journal and announced that his memorial service is Sunday at 3 p.m. at Capitol Lakes Retirement Center, 333 West Main Street, off the Capitol Square in downtown Madison:

http://host.madison.com/news/local/obituaries/crow-james-f/article_b4949bc2-387e-11e1-9247-0019bb2963f4.html

The other obituary, from the University of Wisconsin news service, also touches on his music but discusses more of the scientific excellence and academic heritage of this man who wore his intelligence so lightly (he was working in his office on new research only two weeks or so before his death) and who treated others, including students, so kindly and warmly:

http://www.news.wisc.edu/20193

Finally, in memory of Jim, a devoted violist and chamber music fan, here is music that fits him for its elegance and charm, depth and empathy: the slow movement from Mozart‘s Viola Quintet in G minor, played by the Amadeus String Quartet with violist Cecil Aronowitz in 1966:


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