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Episode 018 – Stanley Hasty of the Eastman School of Music – One of the Clarinet Jedi Masters



Sometimes a gifted individual steps out of the limelight and turns his energies to teaching, and discovering a methodology that leads others to greatness.   Joe Torre of the New York Yankees is a prime example in sports.  Stanley Hasty was such a clarinetist and teacher.  For 2 decades, he worked his way around the country in some of the most illustrious principal clarinet positions.  Then, at the request of Howard Hanson, he was brought to the Eastman School of Music for a teaching career that lasted 4 more decades.  Join me in an interview with clarinet Professor Elizabeth Gunlogson from the University of New Hampshire, who has written the definitive work on Stanley Hasty’s career, and knew this remarkably influential man in a way his students almost couldn’t.

 

Links:

https://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/islandora/object/fsu:182145/datastream/PDF/view

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._Stanley_Hasty

https://www.esm.rochester.edu/about/portraits/hasty/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8M3DoFbBE4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGshQtRwHNE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BolsV781mg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWD6k0oxkd4

Lesson with Hasty


Episode 017 – Doing Good, and Doing Quite Well: David Doig



When you visit the Loop in Chicago, you’ll probably take a picture at the iconic Bean ( actually called Cloud Gate).  If you’re watching the business section in the papers, you’ll see a gigantic new sports complex that’s been constructed in the Pullman neighborhood.   You’ll also see a new Method factory recently constructed, and Whole Foods new Midwest distribution center.  You may have also heard about one of the first two Whole Foods in the country that was placed into a food desert in an underprivileged neighborhood, in this case, Englewood.  “Wow’, you think, “Chicago is doing a lot of things right”.   But what you probably don’t realize it that all these things have one person in common, developer and public finance wizard, David Doig.  Listen to a humble man describe his amazing journey.

 

Links:

https://methodhome.com/beyond-the-bottle/soap-factory/

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park.html

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170605/englewood/whole-foods-living-up-to-hype/

https://www.cnigroup.org/

https://www.att-law.com/project/whole-foods-distribution-center/

 


Episode 016 – The Inv-Asian of the American Symphony Orchestra



In 1977, the Chicago Symphony hired its first Asian musician, John Bruce Yeh, in the clarinet section.  Twenty-one years later, Robert Chen took over the concertmaster position, arguably the most notable position in a symphony orchestra.  Since that time, the CSO, along with orchestras across the U.S., has seen an explosion of numbers of Asian audition winners, both American and foreign born.  Hear the story of these two high-profile American symphony  musicians, how both of their parents made their way to Los Angeles, and how the entire demographic

of the modern American symphony orchestra is changing.

 

Links:

http://www.cedillerecords.org/albums/liquid-melancholy-clarinet-music-of-james-m-stephenson

https://chicago-symphony-orchestra-robert-chen-mozart.ticketsw.com/?lbl=ggl-rex&gclid=Cj0KCQiA_s7fBRDrARIsAGEvF8TT6By8jXxKBtXMpot5Iz-NrRHDLGBu_VWqb79CSPLZwVM0qsCmNm8aAp5oEALw_wcB

https://cso.org/about/performers/chicago-symphony-orchestra/violins/robert-chen/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Chen

https://cso.org/about/performers/chicago-symphony-orchestra/clarinet1/john-bruce-yeh/

http://www.yamaha.com/artists/johnbruceyeh.html


Episode 015 – Hey Jimmy, Get Me Some Pabst



Jim Haertel, a modest multi-family investor from Milwaukee, couldn’t forget the beautiful Pabst headquarters he’d seen in his 30’s.  Hear the story of Jim’s  $50,000 down payment and  his obsession with saving a couple structures in the gigantic Pabst Brewery  30-building assemblage.  His effort was the genesis of the   repositioning of  an entire submarket of Milwaukee into a booming engine of economic growth.

https://onmilwaukee.com/buzz/articles/pabstbirth.html

https://www.biztimes.com/2016/magazines/biztimes-milwaukee/current-issue/twenty-years-after-pabst-closed-the-brewery-redevelopment-nears-completion/

https://www.chicagomag.com/real-estate/July-2018/The-Old-Main-Post-Office-Before-and-After/


Episode 014 – Just Who are the Heroes in a Symphony Orchestra?



If you attended concerts by the Cleveland Orchestra in the early 1950’s, or concerts by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra from the mid-1950’s to the early 2000’s, you undoubtedly were listening to Harry Taub playing in the violin section.  In Buffalo, you would have frequently heard him playing the violin solos from the concertmaster’s chair, since he served as the Associate Concertmaster for five decades.  It’s a long and distinguished career, certainly, but there is so much more to the story, and to the man.  Listen to his life story, as told by his wife of 50 years, Suzanne, and two of his children, Samuel and Sharon.

 

https://youtu.be/V59p_rC1Fpg

https://youtu.be/p3mf_zefkdo

https://youtu.be/943LRjl1cuo

https://www.northfieldpress.com/migdal.htm


Episode 013 – Alex Samoylovich: – An Homage to Jay Michael, An Entrepreneur Who Spurred a Lifestyle Change in Real Estate



Two men in their early twenties, Jay Michael and Alex Samoylovich, grade school friends and  first generation Americans,  pooled their resources, moxie, and families to shape the most radical micro-living concepts.  Their Chicago company has innovated wholesale changes in how mixed use development, retail, and apartment living fit together.  Listen to Alex tell the story of their beginnings, and his homage to the late Jay Michael.

 

http://cedarst.com/entities/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/jay-michael

https://www.flatslife.com/

http://www.jaymichael.co/


Episode 012 – No Average Joe – Questions from a Carolina Listener



For the last episode of season 1 of Stages to Success, I respond to questions posed by a faithful listener since episode 1, Joe from the Carolinas.   Joe wants to go deeper into the mind and motivations of the performer, on the concert stage and in the commercial real estate sales office.  Drawing on some of the interview material from season 1, as well as some off air discussions, I reflect on Joe’s questions.    Join us for Season 2 of the podcast, scheduled for October.

 

https://www.stagestosuccesspodcast.com

http://www.jhunterservices.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_(Handel)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellington%27s_Victory

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inventions_and_Sinfonias_(Bach)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jascha_Heifetz


Episode 011 – Hey, That Navy Man Just Made Me $5 Million, and These Bagels are Pretty Good, Too



Today’s guest,  Chicago real estate attorney Jim Hochman, began his legal career in the Navy, working his way into the J.A.G.  Hear how Jim began his legal career before he even attended law school, rose to prominence as an in-house counsel at CBRE, and was pivotal in creating the statutes that protect collection of commission for brokers in 34 states in the U.S.

http://www.schainbanks.com/our_attorneys/hochman.html

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2244&ChapterID=63


Episode 010 – On Mozart and Baseball



Know a little about baseball, and want to learn about Mozart, or vice versa?  Jump into the parallel universes of Jim Moffitt,  36-year clarinetist of the Hawaii Symphony and for even longer, a walking encyclopedia of baseball.  Join John and Jim as they flit back and forth from two of Jim’s passionate provinces, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the St. Louis Cardinals.

http://hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org/jamesmoffittbio/

https://musicbrainz.org/release/48bffe11-fd05-40d9-b1d6-187d271bfb3c

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Cardinals


Episode 009 – From Corn Shucking in Iowa to Designing in Dubai – Ray Volk of Jenkins and Huntington



Ray Volk, of Jenkins and Huntington in Chicago, has one of the most important jobs for high rise commercial buildings, but on a transactional level, you’ll probably never meet him.  Just what is it that he does that’s so behind-the-scenes?  Listen to Ray talk about his career and projects, and meet yet another kid from off the farm who makes it big in the big cities.

https://www.nicar.com/

http://jhunterservices.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ray-volk-0229918/

http://www.jenkinshuntington.com/JHI_world/ContactUs.aspx

https://www.csiresources.org/chicagochapter/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=ce2e5cb0-2ee7-4d97-b3f1-28dae3e8fd64&CommunityKey=55972586-b3c6-43cb-8126-25a004792f86&Home=%2Fhome