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Tuesday

April 2, 1996
11:18 am

Maestro performs to thank college for degree

Instead of addressing the audience of about 1,000, Rostropovich, the retired music director of the National Symphony in Washington, performed the Sarabande in C Major from Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello after accepting an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during Bates’ annual Founders Day Convocation. His listeners responded with a standing ovation.

Thursday

March 14, 1996
10:12 am

Distinguished conductor and cellist to receive honorary degree

Rostropovich’s fame as a cellist started at the age of 13 in 1940, when he played with an orchestra conducted by his father. He first performed in the United States in 1956 as part of a Soviet-American cultural exchange program.