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Archive for October 15, 2013

Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas

In 1985, Michael Tilson Thomas had held a number of relatively minor positions with major orchestras: associate conductor of the Boston Symphony, music director of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts; he had been principal guest conductor in Boston and in Los Angeles, and guest conducting around the world. He had yet to settle down, so to speak; he just hadn’t found the right orchestra

Huge Hands and Other Laughs

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[Igudesman and Joo Live on WFMT, Wednesday at 2:00 PM] Several years ago a story ran in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine investigating disease in the late composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff—he had huge hands; supposedly reaching an octave and a half on the piano. Could it have been Marfan’s Syndrome? Acromegaly? The verdict was inconclusive

Seven Questions about Verdi

Carl Grapentine, host

[by Carl Grapentine] In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, we posed seven questions about the composer to various people. The differing opinions seem to add more dimension to one’s understanding of the composer’s art, not less