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Why We Do That Which We Do…

July 15, 2018 On Conducting 0 Comments

I write music. I conduct concerts. I teach. Invariably, with the state of the world being what it is, there are several moments of each passing day during which I find myself engaged in a philosophical battle that begins with the sad question, “Why should I bother?” The correspondence below serves as an important reminder […]

Under the Stony Gaze of Four Presidents

December 3, 2017 Uncategorized 0 Comments

In July of 2007, I was honored to lead the Young Musicians Foundation Balmat National Orchestra Camp in a performance at the foot of Mount Rushmore. Ninety high school student musicians from all over the United States had been selected by audition for the opportunity to spend two weeks in the Black Hills of South […]

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 […]

In Truth – The genesis of a CD

September 1, 2015 Biographical, Compositions, Media 0 Comments

The journey from the concert hall to a commercial recording is not one which many new musical works are granted the opportunity to take. In the case of my own Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth, that journey began with a simple question posed by two devoted patrons of the arts: “What will it […]

First Review of ‘In Truth’

August 28, 2015 Compositions, Uncategorized posted the first review of Lucas’ newest CD ‘In Truth,’ describing the music as “passionate” and “exciting.” The live recording of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lucas Richman gives “a thrilling spaciousness to the sound.” This album features three original compositions by Lucas: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth (Jeffrey Biegel, piano), Concerto for Oboe and […]

Life Without Art

December 15, 2013 Biographical

On life without art: Life without the arts is life devoid of expression.  Art separates humans from the animals because, after establishing the essentials of living (food, water, shelter), the Arts are the most powerful means by which humans can express their innermost feelings in ways that transcend time and environment.  Sports are fun and […]

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 […]

The Reviews Are In On Lucas’ Latest Composition

November 4, 2013 Compositions, Concerts

The reviews are rolling in on Lucas Richman’s most recent composition, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth.   From Alan Sherrod of Metropulse Knoxville: “One immediately sensed that the volume level in the lobby of the Tennessee Theatre at intermission of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concerts last week was quite a bit higher than […]