Walter's Humpty Dumpty Summer:
So many people have asked what happened that I guess I need to explain my injuries in June. On June 7 I was home alone and I had been doing a little job on the roof of my house. I came back to the ladder to descend and when I placed my feet on the ladder I remember that I realized I was in trouble. My ladder was definitely not in the same place that it had been when I was coming up. I don't remember anything at all for the next thirty minutes or so. The next thing I can remember was being inside the house waiting for the ambulance.
Every time I think about this experience I am astonished at how much damage I escaped. The fact that I was able to get up from the ground, make my way into the house, and use the telephone to quickly get help makes me grateful.
Now I know a great deal about what happened in the thirty minutes that I cannot remember. I fell from the ladder. The back of my head struck the concrete and my skull was fractured. At least one vertebra was also broken. There was some new pressure inside my right eardrum. Doctors cannot seem to agree as to what was cause and effect, but my blood pressure seems to have lowered since then. My pulse slowed so much that a pacemaker was installed the next week. I was in intensive care for a week, then in a regular hospital room for a week, and then I stayed in a rehabilitation center for two weeks. I am continuing physical therapy and growing stronger daily. I am so grateful to everyone who encouraged me, prayed for me, visited, sent flowers, fruit, snacks, greeting cards, and came and played music for me!
I am so sorry that I had to cancel the recital for the Matthay Festival.
In anticipation of my retirement from Arizona State University in 2018 I have booked Katzin Concert Hall for three farewell recitals over the winter. I put them on my website schedule: Oct. 1, Oct. 22 and Jan. 28, all Sunday evenings on the ASU Faculty Guest Recital Series. Guest performers are expected to include pianists Andrew Campbell, Robert Hamilton, Baruch Meir, Caio Pagano, Eugene Pridonoff, Meg Ruby, Russell Ryan, and Jan Meyer Thompson, as well as cellist Jan Simiz, clarinetist Robert Spring, and saxophonists Anna Marie Wytko and Joseph Wytko.
On March 26 a nice picture was taken of me with Danqing Xu, Yuan Jiang, Siu Yin Lie and Qingqing Ye.
No MasterWorks Festival this summer. As my schedule link shows I will perform for the Matthay festival:
and probably help with:
June 2016: I have cancelled my trip to MasterWorks Festival this year because of a relative's poor health.
For those who attended my presentation at the ASMTA conference, here are some links for the Chopin resources I discussed:
Here are the examples I showed you: