The late Larry Agranove, in an undated photograph with just a hint of bow tie, courtesy of yourlifemoments.ca
A great champion of the arts in London, Larry Agranove died last week. He was 82 & had been battling cancer.
I didn’t know Larry well, but would see him at Orchestra London events. He was among the orchestra’s leading supporters & in the passionate & witty obituary, it says: “He adored opera, even bad opera.” Larry was around to see Orchestra London in partnership with Pacific Opera Victoria bring professional, fully-staged opera to London . . . & I am sure he adored the experience. At one Orchestra London event, he cheerfully bopped the music of Glenn Gould (if memory serves) for the sins of over-interpretation or possibly self-centred misunderstanding. At another, in a January event a few years back, he became ill & had to be taken to hospital . . . he was back later in the season. Maybe it was 2009, because that April we met at the St. Lawrence String Quartet concert.
JBNBlogged about that happy encounter: “Enjoying the SLSQ & meeting a chipper Larry Agranove (80 & full of fire & delighted to see that the SLSQ has abandoned some of the theatrics that used to raise his critical sidebars . . . I murmured well well wasn’t that their trademark &c.).
As for trademarks, the memorial for Larry Agranove is at the London Club (Thursday, 11:30 a.m.) “Dress code applies, but bow ties not required.” A sparklingly adjusted bow tie was Larry Agranove’s trademark garb.
Donations to Temple Israel, Orchestra London or the charity of your choice can be made in his memory.
Larry Agranove, farewell. You were/are a great Londoner.