The Amazing Life of Carol Rosenberger – Concert Pianist
by Judy Walker
Carol Rosenberger has been the subject of articles in many of the nation’s leading newspapers and magazines, and as an artist-teacher, has been on the faculties of the University of Southern California and California State University Northridge. Across the US, she has held performance workshops for young musicians, especially focused on “Preparation for Performance,” an area into which she has special insight through an agonizing experience of her own. At age 21, poised to begin her concert career, Carol was stricken with polio. It took 10 years of re-training and rebuilding before she was able to begin playing again, and another five years before she had the physical stamina that would allow her concert career to begin officially. Her dramatic story has proved to be an inspiration to many. As Milwaukee Sentinel’s Jay Joslyn put it: “Polio destroyed every tool a pianist must have except heart and mind. With legendary dedication, Miss Rosenberger overcame her musical death sentence. The insight and understanding she gained through her ordeal is apparent in the high quality of her musicianship.” In 2007, after the deaths of the Delos label founder, Amelia Haygood, and the label’s chief engineer, John Eargle, Carol took over the directorship of Delos, which she continues to this day. She has recently written a memoir, “To Play Again,” about her remarkable journey back to the concert stage.
When: Tuesday, October 2, at 10:30 am
Where: Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive, Oakmont