100 years has nothing on this musician
Rockland — Louise Koszalka celebrated her 100th birthday a couple days early on May 10 by entertaining well-wishers with some musical numbers on her viola.
More than 50 people were on hand at various points of the afternoon to visit with the musician.
Koszalka was joined by members of her quartet to play a few pieces during the open house held in her honor. The quartet meets at Koszalka's house every Monday to play. Although she is legally blind, she plays by memory, improvisation, and imitation.
Two members of the quartet started as Koszalka's recorder students a few years ago and decided to take up a string instrument. Koszalka has been teaching them to play chamber music.
She has a long history of music — playing and teaching. She played in the New Orleans and San Antonio symphony orchestras and in many chamber music groups in the Philadelphia area.
Koszalka taught in the Philadelphia public schools as a string specialist and taught recorder for many years in Philadelphia before moving to Rockland. Her special musical love has been playing chamber music.
Her daughter Norma and son-in-law Alan Athearn held the open house at their residence on Rankin Street in Rockland.
"We were overwhelmed and honored that so many people came to greet her on her 100th birthday. It was an amazing celebration," said Norma.
Koszalka officially turned 100 years old May 12.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 15.