The Hartt School 2015 Commencement was held today and 1995 alumnus Phillip Boykin was awarded the Alumni Award.
I was honored to address the graduating class and congratulate them on behalf of the Hartt Board of Trustees. I told the students that I was particularly pleased to be sharing a stage, once again, with Phillip Boykin. Moshe Paranov used to take Phillip and me out for performances in area elementary school cafeterias and gymnasiums. Uncle Moshe was a passionate believer that all students deserved a proper music education rooted in the classics. Hence, his oft-heard concern that "Kids today don't know the difference between Beethoven and a him sandwich!"
I have since retired from my performing career but Phillip has gone on to great international acclaim and is currently featured in the Broadway revival of On The Town. He is a worthy recipient of the 2015 Alumni Award.
Congratulations, Phillip! Uncle Moshe would be pleased.