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BPYO 6: Final Tour Post

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 3:32pm -- Richard Dyer

 

“Impossible,” scoffed the Scotch-born impresario Neil Wallace, when Benjamin Zander proposed a tour of the Netherlands for June, 2013 rather than the summer of 2014 or 2015.   That was at a point about a year ago, when Zander’s Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra existed only on paper; the players were still being chosen, and no rehearsals had taken place yet.

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Thursday

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 10:03am -- Richard Dyer

For musicians, the great concert halls of the world are holy ground – the expression comes from the Bible, Exodus 3:5, a verse describing the moment when the voice of the Lord spoke to Moses from within a burning bush and said, “Draw not near here: put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.” Nobody that I saw took off his shoes when the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra entered Amersterdam’s Concertgebouw for rehearsal on Thursday, but

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Wednesday

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 9:59am -- Richard Dyer

There is time to report only that that the musical pubic of Rotterdam cheered the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony last night to the a echo; the applause wouldn’t end as conductor Benjamin Zander and the soloists kept returning to the stage and Zander acknowledged the principal players who stood for solo bows before each individual section rose – percussion, brass, harps, woodwinds, basses, cellos, violins.  Offstage assistant conductor Benjamin Vickers came on, along with Beni Csillag, the conductor of the Koorbien

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First Mahler 2; Updates

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 7:48am -- Richard Dyer

Difficulties of internet access have made this blog erratic – not that the writer isn’t abundantly erratic himself – so this is a kind of carryall catchup for the last few days.

But we should begin with tonight’s glorious and triumphant performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, by conductor Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Then, if you wish, you can scroll to notes on earlier days that were difficult to complete and impossible to send in a timely manner.

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Light and Order

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 12:05pm -- Richard Dyer

We have it on good authority that what emerges from chaos is light and order.

Sacred texts from many traditions tell this story, and Haydn put one version into music in The Creation. .  This might seem a strange thing to be thinking about during  the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s first official activity in Europe, an appearance with the Leerorkest in the northern suburbs of Amsterdam. But the connection felt inevitable.

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