Sitting in Symphony Hall once again, I was reminded of the magic of this institution and of this Hall. There with Keith Lockhart at the podium, the third Pops conductor in the past 80 years, I was surrounded by history and the love and beauty of music. The Pops will be performing 37 concerts in less than three weeks, and when the day is over, it’s only about one thing…the music!
This summer, the Lyceum Music Festival (Lyceum) held its third annual youth orchestral music camp in Park City, Utah. Designed for musicians ages 13-21, the week-long program offered students the opportunity to work with Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker, Conductor David Cho, Utah Symphony musicians, the Muir String Quartet and fellow orchestral peers from schools around the nation.
Celebrating America is a year-long event that shouldn’t end on July 5th. The Spirit of America lives daily within the hearts of millions of Americans, thanks to people like OC McDaniel and organizations such as the Boston Pops who find a way to keep us connected us to our nation’s heritage.
On Saturday, July 3rd, The Boston Pops organization paid tribute to Nona Gainsforth, The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra’s 30-year veteran French Horn player. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2005, Nona passed away on June 11th. In her three decades with the Boston Pops, Nona’s extended family reached far and wide, having worked with musicians from across the globe. Colleague and friend Gary Ofenloch said, “Nona was loved by everyone. She was a great player, and a great mother, and she is deeply missed by all.”
This season I was fortunate to be able to attend Utah Symphony performances in Salt Lake City and one of my favorites was Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony. I saw a number of guest conductors and artists present wonderful performances by Mozart, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff and Smetana, and I was particularly moved by Mahler’s 2nd Symphony in the Salt Lake Tabernacle led by Keith Lockhart. The 2009-10 season was remarkable, and the 2010-11 season promises even more!
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