Save Us from Ourselves!

August 23, 2012 | Categories: Blog | Tags: , , , ,

In a comment relating to a previous blog post, Dré remarked that my thoughts on ways to broaden the appeal of classical music might ‘…create some controversy within the traditional classical audience you address . “How dare you…” would be a common reaction, I would expect from my experience within the classical music scene.’ This [...]

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Shut up and wave your arms…

January 15, 2012 | Categories: Blog, Conducting | Tags: , , , ,

A dear friend of mine, a German conductor who I wonʼt embarrass by naming, once went to work with a Russian orchestra. Before the first rehearsal he sidled up to the concertmaster to ask which language he should work in; he knew that some Russians speak better German than English and wanted to use the [...]

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