Gerhardt Zimmermann Obituary, Death – I regret to inform you that we have transferred my dad to Hospice after his health unexpectedly deteriorated in the previous week. He is currently sound asleep, and we are all enjoying some family time. Please read the letter to musicians he penned. I hope you are well and enjoying the joy of music as I write this to you.
I’m writing to you today to convey some upsetting news, and I’m doing so with much sadness and a heavy heart. After almost 50 incredible years of conducting this wonderful orchestra, it is my duty to let you know of a serious deterioration in my health and my move into hospice care. It has been an amazing delight and an honor to be your conductor for the past 50 years in front of this outstanding group of musicians. For both ourselves and our listeners, we have jointly produced extraordinary experiences.
The Canton Symphony Orchestra is a shining example of excellence in the field of classical music thanks to the commitment, talent, and passion that each of you gives to our concerts. The life we’ve given to the music, the harmonies we’ve created, and the emotional landscapes we’ve traveled are evidence of the strength of our group’s artistic vision. The Canton Symphony Orchestra has grown to be my musical family; it is the treasure that many people look for throughout their lives but never discover, and I was fortunate enough to have it for such a long time.
Please know that even if I am unable to stand at the podium, I will always be with you in spirit. I have the highest confidence in your capacity to continue the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s tradition of artistic excellence because of your passion, talent, and commitment. May music always be your compass, and may the passion in your hearts never cease to enlighten the audiences’ souls. Never give up looking for the beauty that each note contains.