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“The Marvellous Mr. Muti”

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra onstage at Carnegie Hall (17 April 2011)

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra onstage at Carnegie Hall (17 April 2011)

The Chicago Symphony has been in town for about a week. We grabbed tickets to see their Sunday afternoon concert at Carnegie Hall performing Les Preludes by Liszt and the incomparable Symphony No. 5 by that Russian enigma: Dmitri Shostakovich. The concert was simply marvellous, not only for the sublime wind and brass playing from the orchestra, but the sanguine, meticulous conducting of the Symphony’s new Chief Conductor and Artistic Director. Continue Reading →

“New York, New York, A Wonderful Town”

Outside David H, Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC

Outside David H, Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC

This line comes from a Bernstein/Comden & Green song originally from the 1944 show A Wonderful Town. In actuality, I’ve had this ongoing love-hate relationship with NYC for many years, but the city is undeniably infectious and exhilarating. Today was one I will always remember. Why I hear you so enthusiastically ask? Well, completely and unexpectedly, I met and got the chance to chat with William David Brohn – without doubt, one of the great Continue Reading →

Defying Gravity: Kevin Goes to New York

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OK, so I am off to New York tomorrow to sit-in on the rehearsals and attend opening night of Stephen Schwartz’s new opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon being produced by New York City Opera. I was privileged to witness the birth of this extraordinary new opera at its premiere at Santa Barbara Opera in 2009, and even more delighted to have conducted excerpts from it in Australia last year with the Tasmania Discovery Orchestra whilst Stephen was ‘down-under’. The opera is executive produced by Michael Jackowitz and directed by Scott Schwartz. Continue Reading →