Jul 16, 2008 — Cellist Jonathan Tortolano returns to his home state Saturday for a recital at the Commmunity Church in Stowe (noon). Tortolano grew up in Vermont, studied with renowned cellist Elsa Hilger and lived and performed in Europe for years. He now lives in Toronto and regularly performs with orchestras across the region, including the Orchestra of Northern New York. He told Todd Moe that his recital on Saturday will include a solo suite by Bach, a work by George Crumb, and a new piece for cello. Go to full article
A memorial celebration of Elsa Hilger's life will be held at Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne, VT on Saturday, May 28th.
May 19, 2005 — Renowned cellist Elsa Hilger died Tuesday in Shelburne, Vermont. She was 101 years old. Hilger was the first woman, other than a harpist, to play in a major orchestra. She joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1934. Hilger received an honorary degree from St. Lawrence University in 1997, and for many years celebrated her birthday with recitals in Canton. Todd Moe spoke with Elsa Hilger on her 97th birthday. Go to full article
Apr 21, 2004 — Friends and family have gathered in Colchester, VT to celebrate renowned cellist Elsa Hilger's 100th birthday. Hilger was the first woman, other than a harpist, to play in a major orchestra. She joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1935, and played recitals in Einstein's New Jersey home. Todd Moe talked with Elsa Hilger about her remarkable career three years ago, on her 97th birthday. Go to full article
Dec 28, 2001 — Todd Moe chats with 97-year-old Elsa Hilger, the first woman hired full-time by a major symphony orchestra. She also shared her music with the rich and famous, including Albert Einstein. Go to full article
Apr 23, 2001 — The life and music of Elsa Hilger -- Todd Moe chats with 97-year-old Elsa Hilger, the first woman hired full-time by a major symphony orchestra. She lives in Vermont and celebrated her 97th birthday at St. Lawrence University on Sunday. Go to full article