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My Musical Career | Part Sixty-Eight

The DMMO Years – The 2004 Summer Season Having taken a break from writing about my years with the DMMO Summer Festival with the last post which was entitled “Have Drums Will Travel” and which dealt with how I was able to get established materially as a freelance musician – particularly regarding transporting my equipment …

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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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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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The EMI Recordings 1987 – 1997| Part Eleven

1993 – 1994 At the end of the last blog post in this series about the EMI recordings of the Oslo Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons, I noted that 1992 was the last of the “banner years” of recordings in which more than one or two recording was put on tape. Prior to and including 1992, …

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The EMI Recordings 1987-1997 | Part Ten

Le Sacre du Printemps

1992 – Stravinsky As I had mentioned in my last blog entries in the series, 1992 was a great year for recording for Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In January, we recorded two Dvorak symphonies; in May we recorded the Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky Rococco Variations as well as the Sibelius Second Symphony …

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The EMI Recordings 1987 – 1997| Part Nine

1992 – Sibelius As I wrote in Part Seven of the EMI Recordings blogposts, the year 1992 was a banner year for the Oslo Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons in terms of recording. In January of that year, we recorded the Symphonies No. 7 and 8 of Antonin Dvorak and in early May we laid down …

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Mariss Jansons |1943-2019 | A Tribute

Mariss Jansons

Mariss Jansons is dead. I sit here writing this blog post and still cannot believe that a conductor who had a major musical influence on my life is now gone. He had been ill for some time, and my daughter, who happened to attend his last Carnegie Hall concert with the Bavarian Radio Symphony (and …

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My Musical Career | Part Twenty

Wheeler Concert Hall

My Musical Career | Part Twenty The Evansville Years – Part Two “The Fourth Piece of the Puzzle” In my previous blog post, I described my new position (or positions) in Evansville and Owensboro, with only a little blurb about the fourth part of the puzzle. This was what was called an “Artist-In-Residence” position, and …

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