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“The Late Starters Orchestra is an anthem for the amateur, and if more people to took up an instrument with Goldman’s level of commitment, our classical music culture would surely improve.” —The Washington Post
“Goldman employs a light touch in The Late Starters Orchestra as he regales us with his quest to master the cello . . . He finds a camaraderie and shared spirit that allows him to accept his limitations as a less-than-perfect cellist whose friends and family will love him, no matter how many notes he misses.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Not just a story about re-kindling musical passion, but a bigger, richer tale for anyone seeking happiness at any age, at any stage.” —American Profile
“I love Ari Goldman’s The Late Starters Orchestra so much that I can almost hear, taste, touch and feel his musical experiences on every single page . . . The Late Starters Orchestra is, simply, a masterpiece.” —The BookReporter
“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
“Goldman’s determination and thoughtfulness in his mature quest are inspiring, and may lead others to take on new challenges, whether playing an instrument, or writing a screenplay, or learning to tango. The book shows that there are many ways to define accomplishment, even if one doesn’t become a star or champion, and may be always the amateur, striving for 'good enough' rather than perfection.” —The Jewish Week
“A poignant and witty image of a middle-aged man on the brink of self-renewal . . . It also nicely synthesizes current research on the brain’s plasticity and the value of music and offers a practicable reminder that we get better ‘not by leaps and bounds, but by small, almost imperceptible steps.’ Any reader can welcome its pleasant optimisms.” —The Boston Globe
“[A] charming memoir . . . When [Goldman] focuses on the cello itself, and on his personal life and personal mission, the book is absorbing and sweet . . . That sense of rediscovering or reclaiming one’s voice is an essential human endeavor, as the engaging and uplifting saga of Goldman’s progress towards his triumphant birthday concert reminds us.” —Bookforum
“With grace, humor, and elegance, Goldman generously invites readers into his tale of picking up that musical thread . . . Through it all, Goldman uncovers the soul of a musician that makes him one with his cello and the music.”—Publishers Weekly“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
“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, author of Positively 4th Street
If you are an adult beginner on any stringed instrument, this book will resonate with you!
So LSO folks out there, read this book and, if you are like me, you will buy three more copies to give to other LSO's and, also like me, one to your teacher.
Great and inspirational book on how it is truly possible to follow one's musical dreams despite age.
If you are a music nerd (like me), or if you are learning to play cello as an older adult (also like me), then you will love this narrative. Mr. Read morePublished 4 days ago by JLK
An amazing, entertaining, informative and well written story that I just couldn't put down. I found myself staying up late almost every night because I wanted to keep reading it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leonard Allman
I LOVED THE BOOK!!!. I too am a musician, not orchestral but choral but I thought the writing was excellent . . I would certainly recommenda it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patricia Coldiron
I appreciated the writing and identified with the cellist. Couldn't put it down.Published 2 months ago by pauli
Great and inspirational book on how it is truly possible to follow one's musical dreams despite age.Published 2 months ago by Baregrass
I enjoyed the book but it was quite light in tone and repetitious. As an amateur musician myself, I was looking for insight or suggestions, which seemed to boil down to practice... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marge
I found this book interesting and well-written. I'm Jewish, but not religious, and I found the book a little too Jewish for my taste.Published 4 months ago by M&T
I don't think there has ever been a book written so geared to my primary hobby - learning the cello. Pretty tough going when you wait until retirement to start! Read morePublished 4 months ago by SueA
As a late-starter myself, and a participant in amateur orchestras, the book really hit home. Much to empathize with. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Martin B. Haub