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Dr. Isidor Saslav Obituary


Mar. 18, 1938-Jan. 26, 2013
OVERTON — Overton resi­dent and noted symphony concertmaster, concert violinist, musicologist and Haydn scholar, Dr. Isidor Saslav died in the Tyler East Texas Medical Center on January 26, 2013.
Born in Jerusalem, Palestine, in 1938, Saslav came to the U.S. as a child, where he studied violin under Detroit Symphony con­cert­­master Mischa Misha­koff, and became one of the youngest members of the Detroit Symphony at age 17. Saslav graduated from Wayne State University and received a doctorate in Music from Indiana University.
During his long and distinguished career, Dr. Saslav served as the con­cert­master of numerous orchestras includ­ing the Buffalo Philharmonic, Minnesota Symphony, Baltimore Sym­phony, New Zealand Symphony, the Dallas Opera, Kennedy Center (Terrace Theater) Opera, the Baltimore Opera and Indiana University Opera orchestras. In Texas, he recently retired as the longtime concertmaster of the Longview Symphony Orchestra under con­ductor Tonu Kalam and also served as concertmaster of the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra.
For more than 30 years, along with his wife, concert pianist Ann HeiligmanSaslav, Dr. Saslav concertized in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand and performed classical music programs in schools throughout the country for more than two million students through their non-profit organization, Adventures with the Arts.
Dr. Saslav also taught at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, the Eastman School of Music and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He established, and for more than a decade headed, the strings program at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. A lifetime devotee of playwright George Bernard Shaw, Dr. Saslav established a library in Overton dedicated to his extensive Shaw collection and memorabilia from his and his wife's remarkable musical careers.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann Heiligman Saslav; son, David Saslav; daughter, Leanora Saslav; and daughter-in-law, Melissa Smith, all of San Francisco, California.
A memorial celebration of Dr. Saslav's life will be held in Overton and announced at a future date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Isidor Saslav Strings Scholarship Fund at Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music in Nacogdoches or the Longview Symphony Orchestra.


This obituary was originally published in the Longview News-Journal.
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