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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000358.txt from 1999/06

From: "David B. Niethamer" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] re: Cigarette - Clarinetist ad
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 11:19:18 -0400

on 6/9/99 11:24 AM, Ken Wolman wrote:

>I think someone on this list said that Leon Russianoff had to
>stop playing because his emphysema became unmanageable.

I don't think this is accurate. I don't believe Leon ever smoked, and he
lived a long time after he quit playing professionally. I never knew him
to exhibit any signs of respiratory difficulty.


David Niethamer
Principal Clarinet, Richmond Symphony

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