Music to My Ears: In Memory of Charles Sherba

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Hey y’all! I’m Eimi (pronounced ‘Amy’) and I’m your sophomore correspondent for Music to My Ears, my personal outlet that showcases the different facets that Brown’s music scene has to offer!

Last spring, Charles Sherba, Teaching Associate at Brown’s Music Department, passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. Mr. Sherba played with the Rhode Island Philharmonic for over 27 seasons and most recently served as concertmaster of the orchestra. He was additionally a part of the faculty for Brown’s Applied Music Program since 1986, where he touched the hearts of many students through private and chamber music coaching, and was also the concertmaster for the Simon Sinfonietta and Festival Orchestra of the Chorus of Westerly. As a founding member of Aurea, a performance ensemble established in 2004, he was dedicated to exploring the interface between music and the spoken word.

To celebrate Mr. Sherba’s life and honor his legacy, a memorial concert was held on September 28th at the First Unitarian Church in Providence featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, and Dvorak. Paul Phillips, Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music, has partially dedicated a piece named Wave that he composed last semester while on sabbatical along with two other close friends of his that also passed away. He draws inspiration from the fact that according to Consuela Sherba, Mr. Sherba’s wife, he was constantly listening to Beethoven’s Violin Spring Sonata before his death. The famous motif at the beginning is a recurring theme that manifests itself throughout Wave.

Mr. Sherba is, and will continue to be, missed by the Brown University community.

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