How Mahler's Second Symphony "should" have ended. Watch the whole video. It is worth it. Cracks me up every time. Enjoy!
After promising many I would blog about my experiences at the Conductor's Retreat at Medomak, I failed to. Thus, now that the retreat is coming to a close, I am happy to report that the experience has been far more valuable and educational than I could have possibly anticipated. My conducting has been transformed by working with Maestro Kiesler and the rest of the faculty here. Truly a special place and a special program!
I am looking forward now to the Eastman Summer Conducting Institute at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. I will fly out of Portland, Maine at 5:30 AM on Sunday morning (yikes!) to arrive in Rochester in time for Sunday morning classes (with a very inconvenient layover at Dulles). There I will conduct Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Here's the first movement of the symphony.
One of the pieces I will study and conduct at the Conductor's Retreat at Medomak.
A stunning choral masterwork by the late-Romantic British composer. The text is a narration of a young man who sees a pair of sea birds in love, but when the female bird flies away, never to return, the male bird mourns the loss of his mate, crying into the night for her with sorrow.
I am sad to report that after a long, fruitful life, and a difficult battle with cancer, my sweet German shepherd, Django, has passed away peacefully. Throughout his illness, I have found solace in the haunting, yet placid finale of Mahler's epic 9th Symphony, his last, and it's eventual peaceful fade into tranquility and rest. Many suggest that this was Mahler's swan song, and was an ultimate statement on his resignation to his oncoming death. Django lived an incredible life, and I find no better way to remember his life and honor his passing than presenting this beautiful piece of music.
I leave you with music, and a few profound words about this work:
"It is terrifying, and paralyzing, as the strands of sound disintegrate ... in ceasing, we lose it all. But in letting go, we have gained everything."
– Leonard Bernstein