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My Musical Career – Part Forty-Eight – 1994 – Part Three

1994 – Part Three The Peace Concert, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, the USA Tour – and cable timpani? As it turns out, the year 1994 turned out to be as much of a seminal year for the orchestra and myself as the year previous year was. The last two blog posts covered the first two thirds of …

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Robert L. Larsen – The Heart and Soul of the DMMO 1934-2021

Dr. Larsen

Memories One of my operatic “heroes” so to speak has passed to the other side of the veil this past Sunday in Indianola, Iowa. Founder (with Douglas Duncan) of the Des Moines Metro Opera and its Artistic Director from 1973 until 2009, he influenced a generation of singers, music students, production designers and yes, orchestra …

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My Musical Career| Part Forty-Seven| 1994 Part Two

Salisbury Cathedral

1994 Part Two To Scotland and England with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra In August of 1994, prior to the start of the orchestra season, I took part in rehearsals and a tour to England and Scotland with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dame Iona Brown (1941-2004). She was a famed violin soloist …

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My Musical Career | Part Forty-Six | 1994 Part One


The Year 1994 As I begin this latest blog post, I am suddenly reminded by the fact that the year 1994 was actually quite eventful for the Oslo Philharmonic and myself. In fact, it was almost as good as 1993 now that I have had time to reflect back. There was much more going on …

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My Musical Career – Part Forty-Five

Stotz- Anheier Conversion

The Year 1993 – Part Three The Strike In my last blog post, published recently after a long hiatus with writer’s block – or more accurately “blogger’s block”, I ended on a high note with the completion of our highly successful 1993 Festival tour – Parts A and B as it turned out. That was …

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My Musical Career – Part Forty-four

The Year 1993 – Part Two In my last blog post, I intended to discuss all of the year 1993, as that was one of the seminal years of my career with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. But, like many of my previous posts, so much happened during that year, that it was necessary to split …

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My Musical Career | Part Forty-Three

Kong Kong Island

The Year 1993 – Part One The year 1993 was another banner year for the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra as well as for me personally. The orchestra undertook two fantastic tours – we visited and toured Japan and Hong Kong in January and February, and undertook a Festival tour to the Salzburg Festival and BBC Proms …

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My Musical Career | Part Forty-Two

The Year 1992 It has been a while since I last blogged about my musical career, what with “blogger’s block” and finishing up blogs about recording with the OPO and tributes to both Mariss Jansons and Anton Coppola. However, here I am, ready to resume where I left off. I now have the time, due …

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Maestro Anton Coppola – A Tribute

Maestro Anton Coppola

Just last night, I got word that Maestro Anton Coppola passed away at the grand age of 102 years. He missed his 103rd birthday by eight days. Maestro Coppola was my orchestra conductor and conducting teacher at Manhattan School of Music during my five years there. He had served as head of the conducting staff …

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The EMI Recordings 1987 – 1997 | Part Twelve

World Encores

1995 – 1997 The last three years of the Oslo Philharmonic/Mariss Jansons/EMI contract went very quickly. As a matter of fact, there really were only two years in which we recorded, as there were only two more recordings left in the contract. In 1995, we were scheduled to record the other two parts of Ottorino …

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