Robin Rilette, Music Director of Northwest Public Radio, has been a very busy person this summer. One by one, she’s tracked down almost every conductor of every orchestra in the region, and has been getting to know them and their bands. Her series, “A Season of Symphonies,” is now unfolding on NWPR, and is all available on their website.
Although I’m no longer “the conductor” of the OES, I guess I was the only guy she could get on the phone, and our chat is now available on the website. In addition to our discussion about an orchestra in transition, you can hear opinions on beer and brass playing and our performances of Mahler 2 and Wagner’s Meistersinger Overture. Click here to visit the “Season of Symphonies” home page, where you can find all the episodes in the series to date.
Again, I can’t overstate what a wonderful thing this is that Robin and NWPR have done for orchestras and music lovers in the region. I know that many, many, many hours of hard work went into this, and I hope fans of regional orchestras everywhere will take a few minutes to take in the astounding array of ensembles the region has to offer.
By the way, the soloists on the Mahler 2 performance are Amy Paden and Angela Niederloh.
The season thus far looks like this-
Updated 10.10.09- The series is now finished and the complete broadcast listing is now above. The last 20 seconds of the OES Mahler 2 are missing (at last check). NWPR tells us they are working on the problem. Sorry for any frustration.