(From Resident Conductor Ryan Murray, this year’s Ansbacher Fellow at the Salzburg Festival in VIenna)
Getting a chance to hear the Vienna Philharmonic on a daily basis is quite a luxury. The Philharmonic plays with a very unique and beautiful sound, and are masters of classical style. Some performances that have stood out were Der Rosenkavalier and Il Trovatore featuring Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo. Having a chance to observe rehearsals with conductors like Riccardo Muti and Gustavo Dudamel has been extraordinary. I had the chance to meet both of them and had a great discussion with Riccardo Muti about the purpose of the conductor, and how to conduct the very tricky opening of Bruckner’s 6th Symphony. It is interesting to see how each conductor has their own very unique style, but are mostly working towards the same ideals of excellent ensemble sound and musical phrasing.
The rehearsal schedule has been very busy but I have had a little time to explore Salzburg and the surrounding areas. I was able to take the cable car to the top of the Untersberg Mountain, and then hike up to the top at nearly 6000 feet!
I’m looking forward to being back in California soon, and am approaching my last week here. It will be a very full week with Danielle Gatti conducting Bruckner, Lang Lang playing a Mozart Piano Concerto, and performances by both the Concertgebouw and the Berlin Philharmonic on the final day of the festival.
Hope to see you soon!
Join us for a live broadcast party!
Wednesday, September 24 @ 6pm
Besemer Concert Hall and Gardens Tickets $25 adults, $10 for youth
Pizza, drinks and a little entertainment by the String Sisters Included
Please join us for the live broadcast premiere of River Music, a documentary featuring our Young Composers and their music from the Prelude for Yuba Salmon project.
This beautiful documentary, written and directed by Mike Bloebaum and featuring the artistry of local videographers Larry Huntington and David Nicholson, follows Music in the Mountains Young Composers as they embark on a year long journey to understand river ecology and the plight of the salmon in our beloved Yuba River. CLICK ON THE ABOVE PICTURE FOR DETAILS AND TICKETS.