met Jackie in 1967. I was 17 and she was 22. She was performing in
Toronto and my cello teacher arranged for us to meet. I took the
day off school and went to see her at the Park Plaza Hotel. She was
hiding behind the door and jumped out to scare me. She gave me a
start and then we both laughed. We had a fun afternoon and she let
me play her Davidov Stradivari cello now owned by Yo-Yo Ma.
wrote to each other. Once I had a dream, one of many psychic dreams
I've had, and in the dream I saw her backstage looking unchacteristically
sad. I was upset and asked her why she was so sad. She said, "I'm
sick and tired and I can't play the cello anymore." I insisted she
would be ok and that if she wanted, I would go onstage with her.
I awoke in tears! I wrote to her and she assured me she was ok but
was going through a troublesome time. Years later I read about her
having MS and was devastated. When Jackie was a little girl she told
her sister, "Don't tell Mummy, but when I grow up I won't be able
to walk or talk. She too was highly intuitive! Four years after the
dream I actually did go onstage with her and her husband Daniel Barenboim
turning pages for a concert here in London.
admire her spirit, and creativity and I miss her so much!
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If you have a personal recollection of a concert or a meeting with Jacqueline,
please let me know. Thank you.