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Q&A: Where the Wild Things Are at New York City Opera

On April 9 Julian Kuerti makes his New York and New York City Opera debut leading Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are.  The Canadian conductor recently completed his three-year post as Assistant Conductor to James Levine at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  This season he has made significant debuts with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seattle, New Jersey, Vancouver, Rochester, Toledo and Quebec Symphonies, and he will conduct the Atlanta Symphony for the first time later this month.

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On Record with Karen Gomyo and Julian Kuerti

Violinist Karen Gomyo and conductor Julian Kuerti, both rising stars in classical music, came to Rochester to perform with Julia Figueras. They came into our studios, and talked with Julia Figueras about bringing music to the younger masses, about why they like your RPO, and about Prokofiev and his unusual bowings.

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CONCERT REVIEW: RPO’s “Beethoven’s Fifth”

Perhaps it takes a degree in physics, like the one held by guest conductor Julian Kuerti, to create intelligible interpretations of the work of Messaien and Prokofiev. On Thursday night, the RPO’s performance was of such artistry of phrasing that the case was made for the proper interpretation of those composers.

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Concert review: Beethoven’s ‘Fifth’ is thrilling

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra drew a crowd for its Thursday night concert, featuring Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony — possibly the best known symphony out there. It’s ubiquitous throughout popular culture, found in movies, television, commercials. It was even remixed in the ’70s into a disco song, and has been sampled by pop stars over the last decade.

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