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Conducting Beethoven

Three and a half years after conducting Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in 2003, I was again fortunate — for a second time in a lifetime — this time to conduct Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture. The late Maestro Sidney Rothstein, my friend and mentor, suggested a more complex piece this time and Creatures of the Prometheus filled the […]

Conducting Mozart

It was a real treat in St. Augustine last Saturday night when Music Director Gerard Schwarz conducted the Mozart Orchestra New York. They performed Mozart’s great last three symphonies, No’s 39, 40, and 41. The 41st, known as the Jupiter Symphony, is my favorite. Mozart composed this great trilogy in a remarkably short time between […]

Conducting Beethoven

Our annual 400 mile motorcycle trip to Tanglewood, Massachusetts was hot but enjoyable. On the return trip we used only state and country roads. Took a little longer, but we saw a lot more. The concert on Sunday was outstanding. The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra delivered a brilliant performance of Copland’s Symphonic Ode. After the break, Asher […]

Conducting Update

A friend in Ridgefield took a few pictures during the rehearsal and at the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra concert where I was privileged to be conducting the first movement of Mozart’s 25th symphony. I am humbled by the experience — especially having watched a DVD of the Great Conductors. I pale to nothing in significance compared […]