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Friday, July 9, 2010

Big Bird with a Baton

Douglas Yeo, trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Photo © 2010 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

From today's New York Times article on the opening of Tanglewood and all the conducting changes which follow James Levine's decision not to conduct this summer as he recoveres from back surgery. The article ends with a short interview with Douglas Yeo, bass trombonist and 26-year veteran of the the Boston Symphony Orchestra:

“Whether we have Bernstein or Big Bird on the podium — and we’ve had both, the orchestra’s going to play.”

Tanglewood opens its summer season tonight with a performance of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts, substituting for music director James Levine.
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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.