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October 18, 2019

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October 17, 2019
I First Met Chris when my wife Diane joined the Richardson Symphony back in the early eighties. Saw many performnces throughout the years. Floyd Cramer, Yo Yo Ma, Chet Atkins and many many more. Also The Carmina Burana Live at The Meyerson. Chris was as with my wife part of a group called the GNTP ( Greater North Texas Philharmonic ) It was group that helped cities set up there own Orchestra's. I remember when Chris, my wife Diane and I. Set up the Allen synphony offices. I carried all the music in the back of my pickup truck. Nearly lost some of it on Parker Rd. But never the less. The Allen Symphony was born. We celebrated at The Brazos Cattle Company down the road off of Highway 75 Most people will have never heard this story. But I felt it should be told. Chris Formed The Richardson Symphony as well as The Allen Symphony. It is because of him as well as others who have passed on that The Arts are Alive! Bravo Chris! Well Done...
Marty & Diane Paul
October 14, 2019

I first met Chris in 1961 when we were fellow instrumental music teachers in the DallasISD. I was a bit in awe of him as he was an experienced teacher and I was a new-be'. Aside from teaching, he and a few other local musicians, of which I was one, formed a small chamber orchestra consisting of mostly teachers from the area. Chris was the conductor but he had bigger things in mind. It was then that he initiated the idea of an orchestra for Richardson, a Symphony Orchestra, and I let him know that I wanted to be a part of it.
Chris put his personality to work and obtained support and financing from various sources in the Richardson community. Our first RSO concert was in 1962 held in the Richardson ISD auditorium on Greenville Avenue. Many of the orchestra members were volunteer amateur musicians who wanted the opportunity to play their instrument again, but some were professionals who were paid for their service. He was proud of our community group, and we loved playing in an orchestra that was fun without the pressure of a conductor who would not tolerate any mistakes. He strove for excellence from the group and we did our best for him and for the community. I was a member of that first orchestra, all 30 years, and loved every minute as a part of it. After Chris retired from the RSO in 1993, I knew his baton would not be silenced. It wasn't long before he was conducting the newly formed Allen Philharmonic in Allen, Texas, and I, with my violin, followed him there for the next 7 years.
Chris wore many hats' in his long life. He was a professional violist as well as conductor. He was a chanter and choir director at his be-loved Greek Orthodox Church. He was a teacher in Dallas with successful award winning orchestras. He invented, patented, and manufactured many items that were useful in teaching stringed instruments as well as playing them. His mind was always busy with new projects. He loved to travel with his wife Katina. He enjoyed entertaining friends with dinner where he often shared his new ideas. He loved to entertain musician friends with a DSO concert or other artistic event.

There are many lives Chris touched in his many ways. To me he was a fascinating fellow musician and teacher, but most of all a best friend. Little did I know how much that friendship meant to me until now. My head and my heart are already missing him, missing our times together, missing his big bear hugs and his next creative adventure.

Sending with deepest sympathy as well as joy for a well-lived life to his family and many friends. Marilyn Evans
October 10, 2019
I was honored to stand by his side as a chanter at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for the past eight years. His support, sense of humor, and love of music were passed on to all who knew him.
He was my teacher and my friend, and I will miss him so.
May his memory be ever eternal!
October 10, 2019
It was my pleasure to work with Chris when the brand new W.T. White High School opened in 1964. I was a first year teacher but I remember his wisdom and advice. I had lunch with him a couple of years ago (with others) at the WTW 50th Reunion. Rest in peace, Chris.
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