Category Archives: Music

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 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 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 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 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 008 – Hey Comrade, No Frisbee in Red Square – The Career Changing Moments for Violinist Frank Almond



Violinist Frank Almond’s career began in one of the first U.S. Suzuki studios, in San Diego California. From quitting the violin in his teens, to acceptance into the Juilliard School in only a few short years, his career took him to Moscow, a violin competition memorialized in an ’80’s documentary, to concertmaster positions in New York City Ballet, Texas, London, Holland, and Milwaukee-where his career took maybe the strangest turn of all, all due to an email from out of the blue. Listen to this 4th of July episode that will tie together the worlds of America, Soviet Moscow, and the Italian Baroque.

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2014/11/stradivarius-violin-crime-milwaukee/

https://frankalmond.com/

https://aviolinslife.org/

http://pluckedfilm.com/

 


Episode 006 – From the Barn to the Concert Stage



Episode 6 of “Stages to Success” is an interview with Susan Slaughter, retired principal trumpet of the St. Louis Symphony and Gail Williams, retired Associate Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Through the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, Gail and Susan reigned imperiously in the brass sections of their respective orchestras.  Susan recorded extensively as principal trumpet in St. Louis, and Gail’s Chicago Symphony brass section was generally regarded as the finest in the world.   Gail  and Susan are pioneers among women in brass sections, and title chairs.  Listen to their tales of skyrocketing to the pinnacle of their careers, which each started in rural America.

https://www.myiwbc.org/board-of-directors

http://www.music.northwestern.edu/faculty/profiles/gail-williams.html

https://www.slso.org/en/connect/recordings/

http://www.symphonystore.com/music/cd/


Episode 004 – The Six Million Dollar Musicians, Doug Prosser and Chris Wu



Episode 4 of “Stages to Success” is an interview with Doug Prosser, principal trumpet of the Rochester Philharmonic and Chris Wu, from the first violin section of the Pittsburgh Symphony.  Doug and Chris both stared down the barrel of a career-ending injury very early in their promising careers.   Their returns to the symphony orchestra are remarkable and inspiring.   Hear how Doug had to rebuild from the very beginnings of his studies, and how Chris cheated death and came back to his career that has taken him to concerts around the world.

 

https://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/prosser_douglas/

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/lifestyle/2017/04/14/after-injury-rpo-trumpet-player-doug-prosser-regains-his-chops/99873096/

http://www.rpo.org/p_143/Douglas_Prosser/

 

https://pittsburghsymphony.org/pso_home/biographies/musicians/wu-christopher

http://music.cmu.edu/profiles?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=wu

http://www.bostonrecords.com/christopher-wu/


Episode 002 – The Inimitable Don Harry, Tuba Icon of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.



Episode 2 of “Stages to Success” is an interview of Don Harry, Principal Tuba of the Buffalo Philharmonic for 44 seasons. Don is one of very few American Indian musicians to ever work in the world’s great orchestras. Hear the story of Don’s career climb, from true outsider in a small Oklahoma town, to the dizzying heights of his orchestral career, playing concerts internationally with great orchestras, and teaching at the Juilliard and Eastman schools. Don is a much of an iconoclast as an icon. Listen to his unvarnished look back at his career, and the individuals he’s encountered along the way.

Links:

https://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/don-harry/

https://bpo.org/mission-and-history/artistic-leadership-and-orchestra/brass/