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Month: January, 2013

Leonard Bernstein

January 22, 2013 Biographical, On Conducting

On Leonard Bernstein and Candide: Leonard Bernstein, the renowned American conductor and composer, had a tremendous influence on my life because he was, in everything he did, a teacher and a mentor.  It didn’t matter if he was conducting, composing, playing the piano or singing with his croaky voice—he was always conveying to others that music […]

On Marvin Hamlisch

January 4, 2013 Biographical, On Conducting

On Marvin Hamlisch: At the beginning of August in 2012, I was in Los Angeles to lead the 15th installment of my BMI seminar, Conducting for the Film Composer.  We had also scheduled the first live performance of Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project on August 3rd with an orchestra and chorus made up of incredible professional musicians who […]