Instead of following the typical classical music handbook, conductor Andrew Gourlay decided to write his own. As Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (OSCyL) in Spain, Andrew and the OSCyL announced this fall it launched its own recording label. Now, a few months later, the organization released its first recording, Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead / Symphony No. 2.
“For the first recording on our new label, we wanted to show what the orchestra can do, and what better way than with major symphonic repertoire?” Andrew said.
Rachmaninoff’s deeply Romantic symphony envelops the listener while the spirit of Beethoven hovers nearby as pianist Yefim Bronfman performs with the New York Philharmonic, led by Maestro Jaap van Zweden.
During the middle of a bleak January, David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center was filled with sweeping melodies, lush orchestrations, inspired lyrical passages, and dramatic emotions.
Conductor Shiyeon Sung found her passion for classical music at a young age, through starting piano at 4 years old and her mother’s love for the same music. Though she thrived as a pianist and won many youth competitions, she developed a problem with her arm and had to stop playing for a while.
The first-ever concert season pops youth orchestra has been created in Cleveland, Ohio, with 50 young musicians forming the Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra (CPYO). This invention is an educational and performing ensemble under the Cleveland Pops Orchestra founded by Pops Conductor Carl Topilow and President and CEO Shirley Morgenstern.
Organist, conductor, and music director Greg Morris simply loves the classical life. Though he dabbled briefly in academic music, he quickly discovered he wanted to know how best to perform the music in the here and now, so he decided it was best to get on and do that. “I was lucky enough to find the opportunities to do it and make a living at the same time,” Greg said.
Award-winning conductor Tõnu Kaljuste thinks that performing classics, even from centuries ago, should create a feeling of in the moment, that everything is happening on the spot. “Live music will always stay alive; the audience will show up when the music speaks to them. That’s how easy it should be,” he said.
If he could have started earlier, Carl Topilow would have begun piano lessons at an early age. The well-known conductor and musician, by this time already an accomplished clarinetist, began to practice the piano frantically and fiendishly.