A local treasure, the Boston Philharmonic and its conductor Benjamin Zander, will launch their 2010-11 concert season tomorrow evening. I was so happy to have a chance to speak with Maestro Zander a few days ago...and in the 7:00 hour this morning I’ll share some of that interview and his thoughts about some of the pieces on his opening program: Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” pianist Steven Drury performing Ravel’s “Piano Concerto in G,” Debussy’s “La Mer” and Stravinsky’s “Symphonies of Wind Instruments.” Ben and I have known each other for years and years but this was the first time ever I got a chance to interview him for broadcast! What a treat to spend some time with someone who has a deep passion for the music, not just in the choosing of a program and conducting, but of researching and studying the music as well. He’s one of the few people whose eyes really do “sparkle” when he speaks about the music he loves. This gracious and charming gentleman was so excited to talk about the music’s history and connections between the pieces and composers---one couldn’t help but catch that vibe.
For more info on the concerts, which take place at NEC's Jordan Hall on Oct. 23, Mechanics Hall in Worcester on Oct. 24 (on the Music Worcester series), and Sanders Theatre in Cambridge on Oct. 24, visit the Boston Philharmonic. (Discounts are available to WGBH members, students and seniors)
And if you didn't get a chance to listen this morning, or if you just want to hear this inspiring man again, you can listen below.