Another perspective- KW chats with Jonathan Pasternack about Brahms Symphony no. 1

It’s Brahms 1 week here at Vftp, and to bring in some fresh perspective, I thought I would get some thoughts on the work from another Brahmsian, my friend, the American conductor, Jonathan Pasternack. Jonathan and I met when we were both based in Oregon- he as Assistant Conductor to the Oregon Symphony, me as […]

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Guardian Feature- Kenneth Woods Rescues the Classics

I am humbled to report that I am the subject of a major feature this morning in one of the national papers…. From today’s Guardian- Modern Maestro Rescues the Classics   Conductor Kenneth Woods found his own path to the podium. While many of his podium colleagues and rivals spent their teens and twenties practicing score reading […]

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Messiah- Top 11 tips for not messing it up.

William from Phoenix emailed the following over the weekend- “Dear Maestro Woods- I’m a regular VftP reader and young conductor about to do my own first Messiah at my church this coming week. I read your posts about the piece, but was hoping you might write a bit offering some specific musical suggestions for someone […]

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Score Questioning- Getting to “How”

The only black-and-white, nuts and bolts questions in musical performance are “what” questions- we can say with specificity what note is being played, what the dynamic is, what instrument is playing it, even what motive it is part of, but the execution of these findings is subjective, and therefore, all the “how” questions are artistic […]

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