Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
On the subject of confronting and respecting your food, I urge all to read Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter. It is the upbeat account of raising poultry, rabbits, pigs and bees in the middle of a rundown neighborhood in Oakland. It is hilarious, brilliant and especially poignant.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
As a new season is soon to be upon us, I am reflecting on this year 2010 and remembering the great personalities that have left us, people that meant a great deal to me and the music world in general.
Ernest Fleischmann died in June. He was one of the true giants of our classical music business. He has been eulogized by some of the best music chroniclers of our time. When I first came to
Music critic Alan Rich was a one of a kind. When we would occasionally stick our neck out, he was there for us. Sometimes, he stood alone with us. He was a passionate writer, not always happy with what he heard in the concert hall.
A number of years ago, Mitch Miller and I had a huge squabble over the number of pops concerts he was to conduct the Rochester Philharmonic for which I was president. He was about to turn 80 at the time, and I was looking to the future at a time when I thought he might be ending his career. What a miscalculation! He just passed away, a year short of his 100th birthday.
I was very saddened to learn of the death of Joan Murray in
Life goes on somehow. The music will never stop as long as we can all pick up the fallen harnesses left by these magnificent people and trudge onward. They did the same for us.
Monday, August 23, 2010
To wrap up our summer Philharmonic Society festival trip, we finished in
Youtube has disabled the embedding for this second video I want to share with you, so here is a link to another clip of the 2006 Proms final night conducted by my old friend Sir Mark Elder. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ0oCmDXrVk
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Glyndebourne is the ultimate opera theme park. You are in beautiful East Sussex, 50 miles south of
The vocal discovery of this trip to Glyndebourne – the Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee. His Macduff moment in Verdi’s Macbeth was stunning. He has a big voice and a passionate presence on stage. I missed him at the Bowl in Dudamel’s Carmen first of August. Reports from that performance echo my Glyndebourne experience. Check him out and keep him on the radar.
Look for and drink Nutbourne Wine while you are in
Friday, August 20, 2010
Our Aix group also enjoyed a performance of Gluck’s Alceste conducted by our friend Ivor Bolton who has brought his Mozarteum Orchestra to us a couple of times. Soprano Véronique Gens was Alceste. What a gorgeous sound and superb acting! Here is sample of her remarkable voice as she sings Fauré’s beautiful Après en rêve (After a Dream). This was my first time to hear her live. Do you know of her voice?
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
CONTEST: NAME DEAN'S BLOG!
We need your help to name Dean's blog! Can you come up with something fun and original that has "Dean" stamped all over it? Send us your ideas! Winner will receive one pair of tickets to the Vienna Philharmonic performance at the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Thursday, March 3, 2011, 8pm.
Submit all entries via e-mail to email@example.com with "Name Dean's Blog" as the subject line. You can list up to 3 ideas for Dean's blog name. Don't forget to include your name, e-mail address, and phone number.
One entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified. Should more than one person come up with the same blog name, credit will go to the first person who submitted it. Contest will run until August 31st. Happy brainstorming!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Among other wonderful ingredients, we used Limousin beef. This is an animal native to France from around the Limoges region. The breed is 20,000 years old and is portrayed in a number of prehistoric cave paintings. We have eaten it in Paris at Le Severo, the place for steak frites. We pan seared filets at our cooking class. The flavor was amazing because the filet was marbled with some fat, unlike the normally tender but blah tasting filets we get here. Look at the marbling on one of pieces before we put it on heat. Beautiful to behold!
We washed it down with some wonderful local red wine. Domaine Richeaume is a red produced just outside Aix, a very tasty blend of Cabaret Sauvigon and Syrah – rich, intense and deeply fun. The beef and wine you can find the United States if you put in an enormous effort. It is easier to go to Aix. Please enjoy.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
You can easily pick out the tourists. They are walking on the sunny side of the street, and dying. The locals of course stick to the shady side. It pays to be observant. Do avoid heat stroke. Please enjoy the shade in the OC this summer should it ever get hot again.
Friday, August 13, 2010
As a young orchestra musician I was encountering a lot of new stuff. Foods and wines that I would never normally encounter were suddenly made available at post-performance receptions in some pretty amazing homes. I was playing horn with the Mostly Mozart Orchestra in New York. At my very first rehearsal, the piano soloist was amazing. I asked a colleague who he was. "Alfred Brendel" was the reply. "Never heard of him." That, however, sent me on a journey of discovery that I am still on. And I would like to share it with you. Next time, music, food and wine in Provence, Glyndebourne and London.