How his Cleveland style differed from that of Fritz Reiner's Chicago Symphony, Charles Munch's Boston Symphony, Eugene Ormandy
's Philadelphia Orchestra, or Leonard Bernstein's New York Philharmonic is unfortunately not addressed.
He describes his background in music and as a conductor, specific performances and compositions and their impact on his career, his favorite pieces of music, auditions, critics, and Eugene Ormandy
, Nathan Milstein, John Browning, Isaac Stern, Gilbert Kaplan, and John Williams.
Serkin's admiration for Gonzaga later translated into an endorsement for him to be the one of the soloists in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with Eugene Ormandy
conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra.
W e had begun somewhat glutinously with Eugene Ormandy
's syrupy arrangement of Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, and there were questions about the composer's Double Violin Concerto (heavy with vibrato, inaudible harpsichord, and even portamenti from some of the various soloists).
Deputy Director Tisha Hyter said Estes is "truly an inspiration" who has "engaged Iowans at an unprecedented level." Estes has appeared at the world's major opera houses, at international festivals, and with 115 orchestras under 90 of the world's greatest conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf, Eugene Ormandy
, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Loren Maazel, Carlo Giulini, and Georg Solti.
After graduating from Curtis, he was associate principal horn of the Pittsburgh Symphony for one year, then appointed by Eugene Ormandy
to the Philadelphia Orchestra as the youngest member since his teacher, Mason Jones, had joined in 1938.
He then received a serendipitous invitation to a Philadelphia conductors' symposium, sponsored by the famed conductor Eugene Ormandy
. One opportunity followed another -- namely, Staffanson was chosen as conductor of the Springfield Orchestra in 1955, a position he would hold for more than a decade.
In 1985, conductor Eugene Ormandy
, director of the Philadelphia Orchestra for more than four decades, died at age 85.
107, written in the summer of 1959 and premiered in Leningrad on 4 October 1959 (Yevgeny Mravinsky) and two days later presented in Moscow (Alexandr Gauk), then in November in Philadelphia (Eugene Ormandy
, in Columbia's commercial recording) and first performed in Czechoslovakia at the Prague Spring festival on 29 May 1960 (KiriII Kondrashin).
These younger connections, which included Eugene Ormandy
and Vincente Minnelli, promised a dynasty that should have secured Rothafel's legacy within the history of the entertainment industry, but, as his contemporaries realized, his name and accomplishments faded relatively quickly after his death.
There is also a third version of the complete ballet music scored for large orchestra, which Copland made in 1954 for Eugene Ormandy
. It's about ten minutes longer than the 1945 orchestra suite, with a very fine performance by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas (RCA, 63511).
The President made a good choice, maybe because he knew and liked Eugene Ormandy
, Ormandy proved to be a great choice, not only because he was a great musician and conductor, but because he proved amazingly flexible in living within the boundaries of unexpected and undefined political restrictions that might have been rejected by many prima donna maestros, to say nothing of orchestra managements and unions.