Tag Archive | "Alan Gilbert"

Resurrection: Why We Need Mahler’s Second Symphony on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

Thursday, September 8, 2011

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Resurrection:  Why We Need Mahler’s Second Symphony on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

Recently, The New York Times published a lengthy list of special 9/11 programming that will hit the airwaves, the concert hall, houses of worship, and movie theaters around the country over the next couple of weeks. Among the events is a special free concert by conductor Alan Gilbert (a client of my company) and the New [...]

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Toru Takemitu’s Water Works

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Toru Takemitu’s Water Works

When Michael Tilson Thomas announced a meditative encore for the finale performance of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra on March 20 he explained: “This program, which was planned months ago, was designed to be spectacular and colorful, but tonight we are very mindful of people in Japan and New Zealand and Australia who are experiencing the [...]

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Rach Symphony No. 2? Quick, Bring me the Antidote!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

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Rach Symphony No. 2?  Quick, Bring me the Antidote!

As my best friend and business partner, Albert Imperato, lectured passionately and convincingly on how to love Rachmaninov’s Sympony No. 2 (“don’t think about it, just do it!” he said equating the work to sunsets and chocolate cake, “do you question them?” he added), I remained unconvinced.   We had just listened to a great performance [...]

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Musical Comfort Food – Or, Everyone Loves Haydn

Saturday, January 16, 2010

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Musical Comfort Food – Or, Everyone Loves Haydn

It’s rare that I don’t begin the morning with some music by Austrian composer Joseph Haydn, usually a piano trio, string quartet or symphony, which I enjoy while reading the newspaper and drinking my morning coffee.  With so many works to choose from (he wrote roughly 45, 68 and 104 of each genre respectively!), you [...]

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