Metropolitan Opera Orchestra pays tribute to Shirien Taylor-Donohue who died at 62
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violinist Shirien Taylor-Donahue has died aged 62.
Taylor-Donahue was the orchestra’s second principal violinist from July 1987 to May 2016 and was married to the Met Master Electrician Paul Donahue.
As a tribute to the violinist, many members of the Met Orchestra have written about Taylor-Donahue.
Colleague Caterina Szepes noted: “We cried on each other’s shoulders during hard times and laughed tears countless times when things were going well; and things were going well most of the time when you were with Shirien. Even this time we were in horrific traffic on Riverside Drive, desperately trying to get to the Met on time while listening to our orchestra play the opening of “The Marriage of Figaro” on the radio, – which we were supposed to be. also play… “
Kathy Caswell also remembers the violinist in a tribute saying, “Funny memories of a Parks concert in Brooklyn when it started to rain. The concert ended and we had to rush to the car. We spotted a few black garbage bags on the site. two holes (uneven of course) in the bags trying all the time to hold our violins and purses through the pouring rain in the dark like two black zombies bumping into everything! We lost sight of each other but we followed the howls of laughter to stay together!
You can read all the tributes here.