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Nuzzo turned the car heat up to full blast and my fingers slowly began
to thaw as I reached for my pen and notebook.
'Hey, when was the last time you heard the William Tell Overture
in-concert?' the conductor asked me pointedly.
Hmm, a random question indeed. It's been a while, I replied.
'Yea, I know. Shame, isn't it? A well-performed, well
thought-through performance of the William Tell Overture can be simply
unbelievable. You know, Beethoven's 3rd and 5th Symphonies are also
left off programs all the time these days, because conductors feel
they need to make "a profound statement" with their programming. But
what ever happened to pure, wonderful music for the sake of pure
entertainment? People just want to enjoy music and be entertained.
That's the reason they come out in the first place.'
Papa Nuzzo definitely had a good point. The latest trend in classical
music over recent years has emerged in the form of attempting to set
precedents via 'groundbreaking' and 'cutting-edge' programming.
Consequently, there are many time-old staples in the standard
orchestral repertoire, which have faded from the horizon in order to
make room for the new. Maybe it's time someone dared to put the
'originality' back into the 'original'. Perhaps Nuzzo's classic
ideology regarding the MCO's programming is exactly what has put the
ensemble on the map in New York City, transforming it into more than
just a blip on the radar and much more than just 'another NYC
Copyright © 4 March 2006
Ted Kendall, New York, USA