Carson Valley Pops Orchestra conductor and founder Danny Yale, 90, died April 19, within days after receiving his first royalty check on his musical arrangements.
The arrangements “Korobooskika and “Ozidanie” were published last year.
Wife Cecilia, who played first violin for the orchestra and was a founder along with Brian Farnon, said she brought Yale’s violin to him so he could play it just before he died.
The Yales moved to Carson Valley in 1995, a few years before the formal founding of the orchestra in 1999. It took the better part of a year to get the Pops up and running, Cecilia said.
“We started meeting about it in 1998,” she said.
Yale conducted the orchestra through its first decade, but gave it up for his first love, the violin.
“It was a wonderful 10 years’ experience and we did some good work,” he told The Record-Courier in 2009. “It hit me about two weeks ago — God, I miss playing the violin. I don’t miss conducting, although I’ll miss the people. But I’m a violin player. I’m not ready to put my rosin away and pack it all up.”
He started studying the violin at age 7 and played at the Metropolitan Opera and for Broadway musicals.
“He sang under Tosconini,” Cecilia said. “He also performed in a lot of musicals at the Curran Theater.”
Yale was a member of the symphony orchestra at New York High School for Music and Art when Aaron Copland wrote “Outdoor Overture.”
Yale played for 13 years at the Silver Legacy in Reno and had a 14-piece orchestra at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.
A service for Yale is set for 2 p.m. May 19 at the Carson Valley Inn, Cecilia said.