by Bill Forman
Charles Ansbacher, who took the Colorado Springs Symphony (now Philharmonic) to unprecedented heights as its music director throughout the 1970s and '80s, died last night from a brain tumor at the age of 67 in his Cambridge, Mass., home.
"He was the perfect conductor to be here at the perfect time," said Philharmonic music director Lawrence Leighton Smith in a statement today. "Besides being a huge force in bringing the new Pikes Peak Center into existence, Charles was a great ambassador for music, not only here in Colorado Springs, but throughout the world."
The highlights of Ansbacher's tenure here included a number of innovative outdoor performances, the Christmas Pops on Ice shows with Olympic figure skating stars, and, in 1982, a concert featuring renowned violinist Isaac Stern.
Click here to read the Boston Globe's obituary for the man that President Clinton called “the unofficial ambassador of America’s music.”
Look for more about Ansbacher in this week's print issue of the Independent.