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Captain Stubing Bought Me My First Set of Tails

October 29, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments

A dark blue corduroy suit. It was late August, 1980 and, at the age of sixteen, I was making my debut at Tanglewood on Parade with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, conducting Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture in a dark blue corduroy suit. Mind you, I didn’t care that the suit was blue or that the […]

On Leadership and Joy

October 12, 2016 Uncategorized 1 Comment

Sermon given at Congregation Beth El in Bangor, ME Yom Kippur Service 10/12/16 My father once asked me a question when I was just three years old. He asked, “Lucas—what is the meaning of life?” I’m not sure what inspired him to pose this particular question to a three-year-old but I like to think that […]

The Live Orchestra

November 25, 2013 On Conducting

  On the excitement of hearing an orchestra perform live: My summers, as a child, were largely spent in my mother’s upstate New York hometown of Albany where, when we weren’t attending summer camp, we were whisked away by my dear uncle, Alfred, to attend concerts at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony […]

Leadership and Conducting

November 12, 2013 Biographical, On Conducting

On leadership and conducting:   In a way, I consider the vocation of conducting as being one of the best examples of leadership.  Doing my job well on the podium is contingent on maintaining a balance between leading and following.  The conductor provides direction that initiates the production of sound (tempo, dynamics, articulation, phrasing) and then he/she must immediately listen to the feedback […]

Lucas Richman wins a Grammy Award!

October 13, 2013 Biographical 0 Comments

LUCAS RICHMAN WINS GRAMMY AWARD IN CLASSICAL CROSSOVER CATEGORY LOS ANGELES (February 14, 2011) – Conductor Lucas Richman received his first GRAMMY Award at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards yesterday for having conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Christopher Tin’s classical/world fusion album Calling All Dawns. He won the award for Best Classical Crossover Album […]

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 […]