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Looking to the 2006-07 Season, Nuzzo said he is very eager to
implement and develop the MCO's Educational Outreach Program: 'The
orchestra members are really looking forward to working with students
of all ages in elementary, junior and high schools, as we gear up and
get ready to take this show on the road!'
Then, I just had to ask: Maestro, are you, by chance, from Brooklyn?
'Brooklyn-Italian all the way! Been there my whole life! Both
my grandfathers were born just outside of Naples, and they came over
to the States in the early 20th Century, just after World War One.
Both served in the United States army shortly thereafter.'
The interview was nearing its conclusion, and I flipped back through
my rather extensive notes. Two things had become crystal clear. One,
Maestro Nuzzo was a hysterically funny personality. I was in a
constant state of hearty laughter throughout the interview, catching
my breath between his exclamations of 'Oh, baby' and 'Oh wow' (which
I have eliminated in his quotes for the sake of brevity). And two, he
certainly enjoyed indulging in conversation. Interestingly enough,
however, this was not a case in point of pure babbling, for some
chatterboxes tend to be guilty of letting their mouths run away with
them. Papa Nuzzo, on the contrary, seemed quite at a loss, as if his
mouth could not outrace the meteoric tempo of his mind. Such is the
mark of a truly intelligent individual.
To hear him relate such earnest sentiments about classical music and
the pure, unadulterated aesthetic power that it holds over
music-lovers and music-makers everywhere had proved very enlightening.
It reminded me just why musicians do what they do in the first place,
as a labor of love, above all else. This is a fundamental principle
of a sublime art form, which often, and too unfortunately, gets buried
amidst all the politics and practicalities of a business profession.
Nuzzo's vivacious energy as he spoke about his devotion to the MCO and
their wonderful contribution to the artistic community was certainly
infectious. I closed the car door behind me and suddenly felt
refreshed and invigorated, finally prepared to venture back out into
the frosty evening air. Funny, though, it didn't seem as cold
Copyright © 4 March 2006
Ted Kendall, New York, USA
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