Fantasia’s mystery Sorcerer?

This NSO musician has always loved Mickey as the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, and even has a few collectibles. During a Halloween concert at the musician’s alma mater more than 30 years ago, the University’s orchestra performed the work with an “apprentice” conductor on the podium. At the point when the broom in “Fantasia” begins coming back to life and multiplying in the music, every bassoonist and bassoon student at the school entered the stage playing the same melody as they headed for the podium!
Stay tuned to find out the identity of the masked musician.

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(reveal: it’s Laura Ross, second violinist!)

End of the season – time for goodbyes

The symphony musicians have said farewell to several departing colleagues in the past few weeks. It began with a reception for our Principal Librarian, D. Wilson Ochoa, who leaves us after 11 seasons to become the Principal Librarian of the Boston Symphony. His responsibilities will cover both the BSO and Boston Pops repertoire.

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On June 18, 2014, 1st violinist Deidre Fominaya Bacco was recognized onstage for her outstanding 32 years with the Nashville Symphony as she plans to retire at the end of this season. President & CEO Alan Valentine and cellist Bradley Mansell shared remembrances with the orchestra and audience at the Patrons Appreciation Concert. A reception followed with orchestra and staff members past and present, who were joined by Deidre’s family, friends, violin students and their parents to celebrate.

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A smaller celebration was held at Luigi’s as members of the NSO violin sections – plus a few renegade violists – met to thank 1st violinist Erin Long for her many years in the orchestra. She recently announced she would be leaving the orchestra to begin a new career path.

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NSO Musicians on ABC’s Nashville

Seven of our musicians are being filmed today for an upcoming episode of ABC’s hit show Nashville!  We’ll let you know when the episode airs.

From L to R:  From L to R: Violinists Ali Gooding, Beverly Drukker, and Carrie Bailey, pianist Bob Marler, cellist Michael Samis, and violists Mary Helen Law and Bruce Christensen.

From L to R: From L to R: Violinists Ali Gooding, Beverly Drukker, and Carrie Bailey, pianist Bob Marler, cellist Michael Samis, and violists Mary Helen Law and Bruce Christensen

NSO Musicians at the ICSOM Conference

From L to R:  Ray Hair, Laura Ross, Brad Mansell, Meredith Snow, Paul Austin

From L to R: Ray Hair, Laura Ross, Brad Mansell, Meredith Snow, Paul Austin

Nashville Symphony members Laura Ross and Brad Mansell are enjoying themselves at the ICSOM Conference in Kansas City, MO.  Here’s a photo of Brad and Laura with AFM President Ray Hair, Meredith Snow of the LA Phil, and Paul Austin of the Grand Rapids Symphony, ICSOM’s newest member!

 

Benjamin Lloyd Plays in Beethoven’s Birth House

 

A very hot day in Bonn, sitting just outside the room in which Beethoven was born. The last time anyone sat here and played was 61 years ago when Pablo Casals played. I performed the Beethoven Romance in F and a piece I wrote, Hochzeitsmelodie #1 for violin, Recorder and Harp. The people at Beethoven – Haus are first rate and the director, Dr. Michael Ladenburger is a gentleman extroidinaire! This was an experience of a lifetime! The room in which he was born is just over my head on the third floor.