“Sad Apples”

Reading Grandmother’s notes on her 1944 furlough trips with her friends to New York City, I come to crossroads myself: Adele the grandmother meets Adele the person.

She writes of hearing the Don Cossack Chorus: “With Bob Hunn to hear these sad apples and then to the Warwick Hotel for dancing.”

Sad apples usually refer to people. Was Grandmother commenting on the ensemble of refugees or making light of the evening’s heavy program, which included a Russian “Funeral Service” and “Song of an Apple”?

She returned to New York to see the Chorus later that year at Radio City Music Hall.


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