Rita LaPlante Raffman
WORCESTER - Rita LaPlante Raffman, a concert pianist and long-time Worcester resident, died at the Millbury Health Care Center on August 13, 2012, at the age of 92. She had been a member of the piano faculty at the Indiana University
School of Music and also taught piano at Clark University.
Ms. LaPlante Raffman was born in 1919 in Salem, Massachusetts to Joseph and Olivia Caron LaPlante. She began her piano studies early, with Marie Audet Gillet, and later graduated with highest honors from the New England Conservatory in Boston. She continued her piano and chamber music studies with Robert Casadesus, Gregor Piatigorski, Edwin Fischer, Alfred Cortot, and Walter Gieseking.
Ms. LaPlante Raffman gave recitals in Salzburg, Vienna, and Paris, and also performed at the Brooklyn Museum and at Town Hall in New York, at Jordan Hall in Boston, and at the National Gallery in Washington. She was a soloist with the National Orchestral Association, the Boston Pops, and the Boston Symphony in its summer series, and was pianist of the National Music League Trio, with violist John Di Janni and oboist Josef Marx of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
In 1951 she moved to Worcester with her husband, jazz pianist and composer Relly Raffman, founder and first chairman of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clark. She leaves two daughters, Diana Raffman of Toronto and Nancy Raffman of Richmond, CA, and a niece, Eve LaPlante of Brookline.
Guitarist Eliot Fisk and pianist Evelyn Zuckerman will perform a concert in memory of Ms. LaPlante Raffman in the Razzo Hall, which is located in the Traina Center for the Arts Building at Clark University, 92 Downing Street, Worcester, on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 3 pm. The public is invited.
Arrangements under the care of CALLAHAN & FAY BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 61 Myrtle St.www.callahanfay.com