Violinist Aaron Rosand, who will be playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the National Symphony here at the end of the month and in Carnegie Hall on April 14, has just been awarded $65,000 for injuries suffered at a 1976 concert in Milwaukee. The concert was outdoors, and the weather was very windy. During the sound-check before the performance, the wind knocked over a loudspeaker from a height of about nine feet and it struck Rosand on the back of his head. He was, naturally, unable to perform that night, and he started lawsuits against the sponsors of the concert and the company that provided the sound system. A jury trial was actually underway before the out-of-court settlement. "This may be the highest fee ever paid for a non-performance," Rosand said. "For not playing, I got more than Pavarotti gets for singing."
Also happy about the outcome was the Milwaukee Symphony. "We're delighted that the whole thing has finally been resolved," said the orchestra's executive director, Robert L. Caulfield. "We're gratified that no harm came to Aaron, and we'd just love to have him back in Milwaukee, indoors or out." Rosand's agent is now negotiating terms for a return--at a slightly lower fee.