The distinguished conductor, violinist, and composer Lorin Maazel, known for his perfect pitch and photographic memory, has stood as one of the master conductors of our era for more than 50 years. For the last seven he has led the world-renowned New York Philharmonic with artistry and passion. Currently, Maazel is music director of the Santiago Calatrava-designed opera house in Valencia, Spain, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, which opened at the start of the 2006/07 season.
Called "the most talked-about young musician in the world" by The New York Times and "the most astonishingly gifted conductor I have ever come across" by Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel has burst onto the international music scene with a passion and fervor that is reinventing classical music. He launched his career in the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in his native Venezuela, and has been the ensemble's conductor for over a decade.
Jill Pasternak welcomes renowned conductor Kurt Masur. The German kappelmeister has led orchestras around the globe, including the New York Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestra National de France, where he is now honorary music director.
Masur celebrated his 80th birthday in 2007 with a series of special events, concerts, and tours, including a performance in Philadelphia. He'll be at Tanglewood working with young musicians and leading the Boston Symphony in a series of concerts through August 22, 2009.
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Jill Pasternak welcomes esteemed conductor Sir Neville Marriner. In 1959 he founded the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which rose to prominence as one of the world's great chamber orchestras. He has conducted almost every major orchestra across the globe, and has recorded for more than a dozen labels. In 1979 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and in 1985 he received a Knighthood.
On this all-French program we feature three solo instruments with orchestra, or is it four? Camille Saint-Sa?ns and Paul Jeanjean bring us pieces for violin solo, piano solo, and two different kinds of horn - with valves and without valves, the so-called "natural" horn.
When you hear one of our hosts say that "WRTI is now broadcasting in HD," what that means is that the station has embraced HD Radio? technology, which sends out high-quality "high-definition" digital signals. This provides listeners with crystal-clear reception and eliminates a lot of the noise and interference associated with analog signals. WRTI's HD Radio broadcasts are accessible, free of charge, via an HD Radio.