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Yavar's Farewell to Joel's Classical Shop

Hello everyone,

For a few weeks now, I've been sharing this news with some of you in person, but it is now long past time that I let you all know I am leaving Joel's Classical Shop. This coming Sunday the 12th, my wife Francesca and I will be leaving Houston and moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico. A couple of months ago we were both accepted to our dream school, St. John's College. We have both wanted for a long time to return to school full time and we've decided to finally take the plunge. We stumbled across St. John's about a year ago thanks to this article in the New Yorker. If you're curious what could entice me away from a great job like working at Joel's, but are unfamiliar with St. John's unique curriculum, take a look at their website and watch some of their videos.

I am glad I was here long enough to witness a true milestone: Joel's Classical Shop celebrated it's 10th Anniversary in June. Think about that for a moment. Joel Greenspan started his business in 2002, after downloads had already gained a lot of traction in the music industry. That took some guts. As an independent brick-and-mortar store specifically catering to lovers of classical music, it's pretty unique -- at this point probably the last of its kind left on this continent. Houston is lucky to have it! Much credit should also go to Michael Sumbera, my colleague at the Shop for nearly the entire time I've been here. He's gutsy, too: For those of you who didn't already know, he bought the shop from Joel last September, ensuring its future, hopefully for years to come. Every week we have new customers discover us who are amazed and delighted that we exist. There's just something special about being able to browse in a classical oasis, rather than just shopping by surfing the web. All of you can continue to help out by telling your family, friends, and acquaintances about Joel's. You might just make their day!

If anyone would like to stop by and see me before I go, I'll be in the shop Tuesday afternoon to closing, and all day Wednesday. I may stop in briefly once more before we leave but those are your best bets. Also, if anyone would like to take advantage of my expertise in film music, we are having a special two day sale: Tuesday and Wednesday, all film music (including used titles and new releases) is 10% off! Come stock up on Goldsmith, Williams, Korngold, Rozsa, Waxman, Tiomkin, Bernstein, and Barry. If you stubbornly resist the joys of film music, don't fret because we have something for everyone: for the entire month of August the entire Harmonia Mundi label is also 10% off as well!

I have long delayed writing this message because it is so hard to say goodbye to Joel's and all of you. When Joel first hired me two years ago, I had no idea how attached I would get to the place, or how much of myself I would put into it. At first I concentrated on aesthetics, like putting posters and LP covers up on the walls, rearranging the look and organization of the place a bit. And then I really started getting to know all of you. Sharing my passion for music with such warm and welcoming folks as yourselves has given me a great sense of purpose and belonging, which I will take with me. I hope in some way I have similarly touched many of you.

Your Friend in Music,
Yavar Moradi

P.S. If you can't make it into the store to say goodbye, please feel free to leave any comments here.

Reader Comments (6)

Yavar..good luck in your new endeavors, thanks for helping give away great tickets for great concerts last will be missed. Thanks for everything !!

August 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterLeonardo Orta

Best wishes to you and your wife at St.John's and beyond.

August 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterLyman

Yavar, I wondered where you were! I have missed our conversations and your good advice, but at least you left the shop in good hands :-). I have only just got interested in film musi myself;: I correspond occasioally with John Riley, the world expert on the film music of Dmitri Shostakovich, but I've come to seek out the music of Rosza, Korngold,and Andre Previn, too. You know so MUCH about music and recorded music; had no idea it extended to film; I am so curious about your childhood - where you picked this stuff up.

So now I have something else to do if I ever get back to Santa Fe. I have spent many wonderful days around there, driving into "Indian Territory", Los Alamos, Abique, Ghost Ranch, and up to Taos by the Rio Grande road - a rare and vastly under-rated treat, especially in March when the heather is in bloom on the Taos Plain.

You didn't say what you would be studying, both of you. Perhaps you'll have time to say.

Warmest regards, dear friend!
Nora Klein, MD

March 3, 2013 at 9:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterNora J. Klein, MD

The continuation of "Joels" is necessary. I knew that man and as unreal as his dream seemed in the beginning,, he had a dream. We didnt share the same taste in music, the same aspirations in life or a common thread....but, he was my friend. Rest in peace Joel, I am a better person for knowing you. Tom.

September 28, 2016 at 5:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterThomas Howard

Excellent and touching post, Tom. Cheers!

Nora, I don't remember if I ever found a way to get in touch with you, but the school Francesca and I attended was St. John's College. We both graduated just a few months ago, and my senior paper was written on a film, Lonely Are the Brave, with special discussion on the score by Jerry Goldsmith. I would be very happy to see you if you make it up to the Santa Fe area. I will watch this space for a reply, or feel free to ask Mike for my email address (which he should have).

Best regards,

P.S. Thanks Lyman and Leonard for the best wishes, if you happen to read this!

November 30, 2016 at 12:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterYavar Moradi

Dear Yavar, It was a delight to hear from you. I couldn't figure out how to answer; my original email bounced. I still miss the wonderful conversations we had about music, recordings, conductors and orchestras.

What is your next move? Do keep in touch!
Best wishes for the coming year.


December 26, 2016 at 6:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterNora Klein

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