Category: Conductors

Gifted conductor returns to Columbus music scene

I awoke to a pleasant surprise in my email box this morning, a Columbus Dispatch article announcing that Alessandro Siciliani, the long lost and neglected conductor who led the Columbus Symphony to great heights from 1992-2004, will return as music…

Farewell Concert for Diablo Symphony Conductor Who Shattered the Classical Music World’s Glass Ceiling

Farewell Concert for Diablo Symphony Conductor Who Shattered the Classical Music World’s Glass Ceiling – Walnut Creek, CA Patch. Joyce Johnson Hamilton will end her 30 years as music director and conductor of the Diablo Symphony (Walnut Creek, CA) by…

Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras dies at 84

The Associated Press: Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras dies at 84. I had the enviable opportunity to work as a soloist with Sir Charles in 1990. He guest conducted the Columbus Symphony during the week I had been engaged to play…

Cut Him Some Slack: Dudamel’s Hype Turns To Drubbing : NPR

Cut Him Some Slack: Dudamel’s Hype Turns To Drubbing : NPR. Ouch! Poor guy. Fame is brutal. Dudamel’s performance of the war horse Symphony No. 6 by Tchaikovsky received the most drubbing. Anthony Tommasini, of the New York Times, called…

Gustavo Dudamel: Making Classical Cool In L.A. : NPR

via Gustavo Dudamel: Making Classical Cool In L.A. : NPR. The thing about Dudamel is that — in addition to his musical talent — he’s brought a stage presence that’s magic. “He’s got a big mop of hair, which is…

Psyched for Mahler 9 tonight

Preparing for tonight’s Columbus Symphony performance of the 9th symphony of Gustav Mahler, a magnificent and momentous work, I took a long walk through the park near my house. Nature was Mahler’s spirituality, and so it was helpful to walk…