On November 22, 2021, I received an intriguing email from long-time ACMP member and beloved former ACMP Newsletter editor, Kitty Benton. Her message warmed my heart and reminded me of one of the most precious aspects of ACMP: making friends through music, all over the world.
"Recently, an ACMP cellist from Israel contacted me, saying he was a pilot, and was scheduled to come to New York City. He wanted to arrange chamber music while he was here. Would I be interested in playing viola? He already had 2 violinists plus himself.
Of course I would be and was interested, so we scheduled a Saturday morning date. We played Mozart and Beethoven Op 18, and had a lovely time.
We are planning a second session in December, when New York City would again be on his schedule.
Meanwhile, something about his story twigged my editor's memory, so I asked him if he ever flew to Asia. When we got to trading ACMP members that we knew (Yoel Epstein in Israel of course) and finally got to Stephan Brandel in Shanghai, I realized that he was the same person that I featured in a story about “The Flying Cellist” in the Newsletter, when I was editor – Yoav Segev! After all, how many pilots do you know that tuck a cello into the cockpit for meeting ACMP members at their destination?
But one thing is sure….if there is another person who tucks an instrument into the cockpit of an airplane, it’s a sure thing that they belong to ACMP.”
Here is the original story from the 2013-1 issue of the Newsletter:
And here is a link to the whole Winter 2013 Newsletter in the ACMP archive.
Kitty has since had another Play-In with “The Flying Cellist” on December 10, 2021. Joined by violinists Daniel and Elliot, they played Mozart and Mendelssohn quartets at Kitty’s home.