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Lukas Foss remembered


                                                                      from page 1                 Julius Goldstein [Herford] in Berlin
                                                                                                  at the age of six. His parents were
                                                                    his life because he felt free to really  Hilde  (Schindler)  and  the  philoso-
                                                                    be  creative  and  do  things  he  pher  and  scholar  Martin  Foss.  He
                                                                    wouldn’t  be  able  to  do  anywhere  moved  with  his  family  to  Paris  in
                                                                    else. We have to celebrate the per-  1933, where he studied piano with
                                                                    son he was; a maverick and a force  Lazare  Lévy,  composition  with
                                                                    of nature who believed so strongly  Noël Gallon, orchestration with Fe-
                                                                    in new music and young composers  lix  Wolfes,  and  flute  with  Marcel
                                                                    that  he  actually  made  Buffalo  the  Moyse.
                                                                    epicenter of the new music world,”  In 1937 he moved with his par-
                                                                    Falletta said.                ents  and  brother  to  the  United
                                                                      Born  Lukas  Fuchs  in  Berlin,  States, where his father (on advice
                                                                    Germany  in  1922,  Foss  was  soon  from the Quakers who had taken the was  born  in  Berlin  in  1931,  the
                                                                    recognized  as  a  child  prodigy.  He  family in upon arrival in Philadel- daughter of art historian Otto Bren-
                                                                    began piano and theory lessons with  phia)  changed  the  family  name  to del and Maria Weigert Brendel. The
                                                                                                  Foss. He studied at the Curtis Insti- couple  had  two  children,  Christo-
                                                                                                  tute of Music in Philadelphia, with pher  Brendel  Foss,  who  became  a
                                                                                                  Isabelle Vengerova (piano), Rosario documentary filmmaker and corpo-
                                                                                                  Scalero  (composition)  and  Fritz rate consultant on social and envi-
                                                                                                  Reiner (conducting). At Curtis, Foss ronmental   engagement   /
                                                                                                  began  a  lifelong  friendship  with sustainability communications, and
                                                                                                  classmate  Leonard  Bernstein,  who Eliza Foss Topol, an actress.
                                                                                                  later described Foss as an "authentic
                                                                                                  genius."
                                                                                                     In  1951  Foss  married  Cornelia
                                                                                                  Brendel,  an  artist  and  painter  who
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