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Looking Back — Mount Clemens Symphony

Local violinist Fred Schock performs for famous violinist and conductor David Rubinoff. In February of 1958, Rubinoff visited Mount Clemens to play with the Mount Clemens Symphony. He was a conductor and soloist at the Paramount in New York City and became a regular from 1931-1935 with Eddie Cantor on the “Chase & Sanborn Hour” on NBC radio. He had a great interest in learning how music was studied in America and to see what opportunities American children had to study this art. He devoted his life to encourage the youth to study music. He was quoted to have said, “The richest child is poor without musical knowledge.” Rubinoff is well remembered as a Russian immigrant who lifted American’s spirits during the Great Depression.

From Kim Parr, Director of the Macomb County Historical Society and Crocker House Museum


Do you have a piece of Mount Clemens history? Send us your historically significant photos from around town, and we may be able to feature them in an upcoming edition of Looking Back. Email you photos and information to Julie Snyder at jsnyder@candgnews.com or call (586) 498-1039.