Of current interest...
Chris Deviney of the Philadelphia Orchestra
March 27, 2017

David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Enquirer writes:

"Pat Metheny's An Imaginary Day is morphing into a not-so-imaginary percussion concerto -- to be performed this week by the Philadelphia Orchestra at its Thursday-through-Saturday concerts..."

Bill Barclay of the Globe Theatre and Bramwell Tovey at the Hollywood Bowl, August 2016.
March 26, 2017

Bill Barclay, music director of Shakespeare’s Globe, talks about bringing Florent Schmitt’s Antony & Cleopatra (1920) to the Hollywood Bowl and the Barbican Centre.

Bramwell Tovey
March 22, 2017

Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune writes: 

"...Chicagoans will be able to judge for themselves Tovey's finesse in this repertoire when he leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in "Gershwin Spectacular" concerts Friday evening and Saturday afternoon in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center. But considering that Tovey has released two jazz albums, received accolades conducting Gershwin's landmark opera "Porgy and Bess" and unwinds after a hard day at the podium by riffing at the piano on American standards, there's good reason to believe he's at home in this music..."

 

Bramwell Tovey with Leonard Bernstein - London Symphony Orchestra 1986
March 18, 2017

Kyle Macmillan for CSO Sounds and Stories writes:

"In 1986, British conductor Bramwell Tovey stepped in at the last minute for an indisposed Lukas Foss on the opening night of the London Symphony’s Leonard Bernstein Festival. It turned out be a big day for him on many fronts. Not only did his successful appearance launch his international career, but he also was invited to master classes at the Tanglewood Music Festival with Bernstein, who had been in the audience for the LSO concert.
But there was another outcome as well for the conductor, who is also a top-flight pianist. After seeing Tovey conduct George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on that program with a guest soloist, Bernstein told him he should play the solo part and conduct from the keyboard. Tovey liked the idea, and he has been doing it that way ever since..."

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