The Pickaway County Community Foundation in conjunction with the Yamarick Family Fund issued a grant in the amount of $1,500 to support the Ted Lewis Museum to assist in the presentation of the concert on June 2, 2018 of the “Tribute to Rubinoff and His Violin Concert” at Circleville High School.
David Rubinoff brought classical and popular music to the masses on the radio and in live performances. Circleville was one of the stops on Rubinoff’s tour in 1959 playing a concert to benefit the Circleville Lion’s Club and attended the grand opening of the Ted Lewis Museum in 1977 where he was the guest of honor. Circleville was also one of the many locations Rubinoff visited between the 1940s and 1960s when he decided to dedicate his life to bringing music to the youth and small towns that did not have access to good music.
The Ted Lewis Museum strives to continue Rubinoff’s dedication to bringing music to the youth in Circleville by having a tribute to Rubinoff. This concert brought to life one of the most beloved musicians of the 1930’s and 1940’s. The purpose of this program was to continue to expose a new generation to this historic part of our American musical heritage by offering free student tickets for the concert.
The concert took place on June 2, 2018 with a special pre-show lecture by David Ohrenstein, who was Rubinoff’s accompanist for 15 years. The pre-show lecture was open to all concert ticket holders.