Meet the orchestra- Margaret

Margaret…. How can you not love Margaret, even when she makes you crazy? A woman of so many talents, even she can’t keep track of them. Mortal enemy of deadlines everywhere. Creative and sophisticated graphic artist- she does most of our posters and brochures. Accomplished and respected composer- we premiered a beautiful work of hers […]

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The trumpet shall sound

Thanks to YouTube’s clever linking system, I’ve just come across a nice blog post about my clip of the first movement of Prokofiev 5 with the State of Mexico Symphony over at Downbeat TV.   This is from the blog of an 18 year-old trumpet player in Arizona (he goes by “Vive le Quebec” or “Trumpetfrog”) […]

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Dead or alive

Alex Ross has a post today that sums up what I’ve been saying for years- all intellectually honest investigators of the health of classical music know about hundreds of these quotes, but Alex has put the case forward as simply and concisely as possible. Next time you’re having the argument, send them here.  

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A little something

People often ask me “what’s the best thing about being a conductor?”  Is it the screaming girls, the unfettered power, the great music you do on outdoor gigs, the constant praise and flattery, the almost unlimited vacation time, the glamorous air travel, the way “normal” people look at you when you tell them what you do […]

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Walter Weller

There are many reasons we don’t do reviews here at Vftp…. First and foremost, there’s the whole pot/kettle or glass houses issue. Second, I don’t want to write a glowing assessment of one conductor only to run into an old mentor or friend who then asks me why I haven’t told the world about his bitchin’ Brahms. […]

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Listen Again- Nielsen Flute Concerto

My recent broadcast of the Nielsen Flute Concerto with Sharon Bezaly and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for Discovering Music on Radio 3 has now been made available in the Discovering Music Archive  (RealPlayer required) for anyone wanting to hear it again. Here’s the info from the Radio 3 website…   Nielsen Flute Concerto […]

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