Fanfare Magazine points the spotlight on Delos Director, pianist, and now author, Carol Rosenberger’s new memoir To Play Again with an interview by Robert Schulslaper and a review from Huntley Dent.
“The Land of Legend is home to brave heroes and heroines who struggle valiantly against seemingly insurmountable obstacles before emerging triumphant. Pianist and Delos general director Carol Rosenberger may not have had to vanquish evil sorcerers, ravenous demons, or vicious ogres, but her essential being was threatened by a crippling disease, polio, that only years of therapy and an indomitable will could subdue. Her memoir, To Play Again, movingly recounts this life-altering experience, along the way introducing us to the unforgettable people who supported her throughout her difficult journey.”
“In passages of precise, personal writing—the kind that holds a reader’s empathy—Rosenberger’s book brings us face to face with artistic crisis as experienced first-hand. … But what can be summarized in a few lines doesn’t come close to the emotional journey her book takes us on. What makes To Play Again a gripping read is that Rosenberger’s comeback began on the brink of the unthinkable: drastic muscle atrophy, losing 35 pounds after only 10 days in the hospital, attended by tremors and twitching, chronic pain, and severe damage to the specific muscles used in playing the piano. There is no Special Olympics for performing artists. The only two options are usually either complete retirement or complete recovery. The audience for this book is likely to be music lovers, and they will respond to how physical, artistic, and spiritual recovery are merged in Rosenberger’s healing. … The joy of artistic life is mingled in these pages with the grueling aspects of physical therapy and emotional healing, with time for engaging asides… As a supplement we get a complete discography as well as a special playlist to accompany the book, available at carolrosenberger.com.