Last Saturday night I attended one of Stanley Drucker‘s final performances at Lincoln Center with The New York Philharmonic Orchestra. As principal clarinet he has performed 10,200 concerts with the orchestra and appeared as a soloist over 200 times! Can you imagine the kind of stamina and devotion required to be able to have accomplished this? At the age of 80, Stanley Drucker has had a 60 year career with the orchestra and will be in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest playing career in an orchestra.
After the concert, Buffet-Crampon threw this amazing party in a restaurant, Center Cut, across the street from Lincoln Center, in The Empire Hotel. The whole restaurant was closed for the evening for the party. Over 150 prominent musicians, friends and Buffet dealers, including actor Alan Alda, attended. (Alan Alda‘s wife use to play bass clarinet with the Houston Symphony- ah… the clarinet connection is revealed.)
What impressed me most about attending this evening was the power of witnessing a lifetime of tenacious living. Amazing things happen when you strive to be better and do better and never give up on yourself or your life goals. Stanley embodies the word tenacious. He spent 60 years working to improve his playing and never believing there was not something more he could learn or do. Entreprenuerial opportunities spring to life where tenacity rules.