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George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Conrad Tao Thrill at JSO Opening Concert

Observing soloists is always intriguing since each has his or her own style and signature—a way of playing. This past weekend with the opening concert of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, 17-year-old Conrad Tao was the brilliant pianist for George Gershwin’s … Continue reading

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2011-2012 Symphony Season Openers

Symphony Orchestras across the country are bustling to complete the final preparations for their opening concert. The brochures have been printed and mailed (or put online), subscribers’ tickets are sent, contracts for guest performers have been sealed, and the music, … Continue reading

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The Tortured Gustav Mahler and His Affecting Music

The composer and conductor Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) suffered a tortured life of loss. His affecting music may have been the answer to fill his void and help him find his direction. He married the beautiful 22-year-old Alma Maria Schindler in … Continue reading

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