This week I am opening the season in Columbus with two blockbusters: Respighi Pines of Rome and Strauss’ Alpine Symphony. These concerts mark the inauguration of a season inspired by the beauty of Nature and its impact on our artistic perception of the world and art. We just started the rehearsals today and I cannot express how pleased I am with the musicians’ commitments, inspiration, and exuberance. In addition, my friend and neighbor–Stephen Pariser–has put together a wonderful photo essay featuring his recent photo shooting sessions of the Bavarian Alps, the Cantabrian mountains in Northern Spain, and Yosemite National Park in the USA. This will be a remarkable two evenings!
This past weekend the Princeton Symphony presented a couple of concerts in Princeton University superb acoustically Richardson Auditorium. On the program we featured Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and soloist and a rarely heard version of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture for chorus and orchestra. The elevated music making of the orchestra, chorus and soloists still rings in my heart. It was simply one of the most complete music experiences that I have been part of! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Princeton Symphony has become a musical and civic force. I am so proud to be the musical leader of an orchestra in a town that values us so much!
I happy to share how pleased I am with the recently completed summer season in Chautauqua Institution. Many thanks to the fantastic musicians of the orchestra, our loyal and supportive audience, and the leadership of the Institution! I was particularly please with the new Amphitheater, improving not only the acoustics of this historical place but also adding so many possibilities of what we can do artistically in the future! Cannot to see everyone next summer!