On Genius and Prodigies

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (that would be Los Angeles in 1961 to be exact,) I first heard Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings at one of the famed Heifetz-Piatagorsky Concerts given at the Pilgrimage Theater, now the John Anson Ford Theatre.(Jascha Haifetz and Gregor Piatagorsky with violist William Primrose and pianist…