Category: Columbus Symphony

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…

Podcast Interview: Robert Firdman, Columbus Symphony Violinist

At last! The long delayed (several months) podcast interview series with Columbus Symphony musicians continues! Fresh off the press, this interview features Columbus Symphony violinist Robert Firdman. Robert’s unfailing spirit and ironic sense of humor come through. Among other things,…

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…

Everyone Else Outsources, So Why Can’t The Arts? : NPR

Everyone Else Outsources, So Why Can’t The Arts? : NPR. In Columbus, Ohio, a number of arts groups are doing what American businesses started doing a long time ago: outsourcing. The recession hit nonprofits hard, and now these organizations (including…

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…

Editorial: Seeking stability for Columbus Symphony

It is clear that orchestras must change the way they do business to adapt to changing behaviors of consumers. Even orchestras with large endowments in the US are suffering. I believe the Columbus Symphony has a chance to evolve and…

Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique”

Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” – InstantEncore. The program includes Beethoven Leonora #2, which is very different from #3 and is also more difficult to perform accurately. The trumpet call is completely different. Whole passages are developed in an entirely different way from…