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“Candid, wise, and inspiring.”*

“Warm, soulful, sometimes rueful, sometimes  passionate. I found myself laughing out loud in places--and unexpectedly moved at the end.” —Jonathan Weiner,Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Beak of the Finch

“A poignant and loving meditation on teachers and  ...

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Overview

“Candid, wise, and inspiring.”*

“Warm, soulful, sometimes rueful, sometimes  passionate. I found myself laughing out loud in places--and unexpectedly moved at the end.” —Jonathan Weiner,Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Beak of the Finch

“A poignant and loving meditation on teachers and  students, fathers and sons, and the great resilience and capacity of the human brain.”—Joshua Henkin, author of The World Without You

“I’ve long believed that there is a musician hiding in each one of us. The Late Starters Orchestra gives us back our natural right to make music. Goldman’s adventure of becoming a cellist is filled with trials, perseverance, humor, and wonderful anecdotes. It’s an inspiration!” —Julia Wolfe, co-founder of Bang on a Can

“More than just a memoir about music and all that it offers;  it is also a warm and moving testament to the  opportunities of aging.” —Booklist

“A lovely, moving story of personal rediscovery disguised  as a book about cello-playing.” —*David Hajdu, music critic for The New Republic

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Publishers Weekly
06/02/2014
When he was in his mid-20s, Goldman (The Search for God at Harvard), a journalism professor at Columbia, started playing cello under the guidance of an exacting and inspiring teacher whom Goldman affectionately calls Mr. J., with whom he studied for seven years. Goldman eventually put aside his cello as his family and career grew, yet that musical thread never unraveled completely from the weave of his life. Nearly 40 years later, he picked up the cello again, determined to play a little concert at his 60th birthday. With grace, humor, and elegance, Goldman generously invites readers into his tale of picking up that musical thread. In his quest to become a musician, he joins his son Judah’s orchestra; gives up time at the gym to practice his cello; erases all of the music on his iPod in order to focus on cello music and train his ear by listening to that music; and devotes every Sunday afternoon to playing with the Late Starters Orchestra, an organization devoted to the notion that everyone interested in playing music should have a place to make it. In addition, Goldman spends a week at an adult music camp in Maine and another week at a summer music retreat in the north of England run by the East London Late Starters. Through it all, Goldman uncovers the soul of a musician that makes him one with his cello and the music. (July)
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“More than just a memoir about music and all that it offers; it is also a warm and moving testament to the opportunities of aging.” Booklist

The Late Starters Orchestra is a joy to read--moving, funny, and deeply true in its depiction of those aspirations we put aside until, one day, we realize it’s now or never. Ari Goldman’s quest to master the cello is an inspiration for dreamers everywhere.” —Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick

“We’re all living longer. What should we do with the time? Ari Goldman has a solution. The Late Starters Orchestra is warm, soulful, sometimes rueful, sometimes passionate--just like his beloved cello. I found myself laughing out loud in places--and unexpectedly moved at the end.” —Jonathan Weiner, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Beak of the Finch

“A lovely, moving story of personal rediscovery disguised as a book about cello-playing. Part memoir, part cultural study, The Late Starters Orchestra is is candid, wise, and inspiring, a book a rich and true as an open ‘A.’” —David Hajdu, music critic for The New Republic

“I've long believed that there is a musician hiding in each one of us. Ari Goldman's new book, The Late Starters Orchestra, gives us back our natural right to make music. Goldman's adventure of becoming a cellist is filled with trials, perseverance, humor, and wonderful anecdotes. It's an inspiration!” —Julia Wolfe, co-founder of Bang on a Can

"A poignant and loving meditation on teachers and students, fathers and sons, and the great resilience and capacity of the human brain." —Joshua Henkin, author of The World Without You

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“More than just a memoir about music and all that it offers; it is also a warm and moving testament to the opportunities of aging.” Booklist

The Late Starters Orchestra is a joy to read--moving, funny, and deeply true in its depiction of those aspirations we put aside until, one day, we realize it’s now or never. Ari Goldman’s quest to master the cello is an inspiration for dreamers everywhere.” —Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick

“We’re all living longer. What should we do with the time? Ari Goldman has a solution. The Late Starters Orchestra is warm, soulful, sometimes rueful, sometimes passionate--just like his beloved cello. I found myself laughing out loud in places--and unexpectedly moved at the end.” —Jonathan Weiner, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Beak of the Finch

“A lovely, moving story of personal rediscovery disguised as a book about cello-playing. Part memoir, part cultural study, The Late Starters Orchestra is is candid, wise, and inspiring, a book a rich and true as an open ‘A.’” —David Hajdu, music critic for The New Republic

“I've long believed that there is a musician hiding in each one of us. Ari Goldman's new book, The Late Starters Orchestra, gives us back our natural right to make music. Goldman's adventure of becoming a cellist is filled with trials, perseverance, humor, and wonderful anecdotes. It's an inspiration!” —Julia Wolfe, co-founder of Bang on a Can

"A poignant and loving meditation on teachers and students, fathers and sons, and the great resilience and capacity of the human brain." —Joshua Henkin, author of The World Without You

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616204006
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 109,145
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ari L. Goldman is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and the author of three books, including the bestselling The Search for God at Harvard. Goldman arrived at Columbia in 1993, after spending twenty years at the New York Times, most of them as a religion writer. His articles and columns have also appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, the Jerusalem Post, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He is the media columnist for the New York Jewish Week.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, and educated at Yeshiva University, Columbia, and Harvard, Goldman’s books include Being Jewish: The Spiritual and Cultural Practice of Judaism Today and a memoir, Living a Year of Kaddish. He has been a visiting Fulbright professor in Israel, a Skirball Fellow at Oxford University in England, and a scholar-in-residence at Stern College, the women’s college of his alma mater, Yeshiva University. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Jewish Book Council.

As the director of the Scripps Howard Program in Religion, Journalism, and Spiritual Life at Columbia, he teaches the popular “Covering Religion” seminar that in recent years has taken students on study tours of Israel, Jordan, Russia, Ukraine, India, Ireland, and Italy. He is also a faculty member of a Holocaust education program called Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.

His adventures as an amateur cellist--he plays with the New York Late Starters String Orchestra--is the subject of his newest book, The Late Starters Orchestra. He and his wife, Shira Dicker, are the proud parents of three children and live in New York City.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

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    Ari Goldman decides to return to the cello after a twenty-five y

    Ari Goldman decides to return to the cello after a twenty-five year hiatus. He starts out in his son's youth orchestra, and eventually learns of and joins the New York Late-Starters String Orchestra, an amateur adult orchestra which accepts beginners on up.

    Goldman shares his musical journey in his book The Late Starters Orchestra. Mostly a memoir, it also includes the science of learning music (especially as an adult vs. as a child), music history, music appreciation, and vignettes of some of the other people he meets in the world of recreational music making.

    His story is a familiar one to me. Most of my adult music students have returned to their instruments after a long hiatus. A few of them are beginning for the first time. I enjoyed reading this from the perspectives of someone who teaches adult music students privately and as someone who has taken up an instrument (harp) as an adult. I loved hearing about some of the ways playing classical music is being made available to everyone, and about the bonds formed through playing with others. (And I had no idea Alexander McCall Smith helped found The Really Terrible Orchestra!)

    The Late Starters Orchestra reads like a fantastic mix of Stacy Horn's Imperfect Harmony (but for instrumentalists) and Joanne Lipman & Melanie Kupchynsky's Strings Attached. Goldman has a wonderfully conversational writing style. His honest ruminations about his own musical ability, his struggle to find the discipline required to improve, and his search to figure out where music making belongs in his life will resonate with anyone who once played, dreams of playing, or currently plays an instrument purely for his or her own enjoyment.

    NOTE: Goldman refers to a Minuet by J.S. Bach throughout the book; this piece was actually composed by Christian Petzold. 

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    This one is a really entertaining account of the author's return

    This one is a really entertaining account of the author's return, as an adult, to playing the cello. Goldman weaves in relationships, life changes, a bit of brain science and the shift to a technology-obsessed world....an excellent read! And written in a journalist's style - crisp, fast-moving and insightful! Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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