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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.

Kuerti took a break from rehearsal at New York City Opera to talk with 21C Media Group’s Wende Persons about the opera Where the Wild Things Are, which is based on the children’s book by writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

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Notes on BWV 150

Probably the earliest surviving cantata we have, BWV 150 was likely given in Arnstadt sometime around 1706-07. Written after Bach’s famous journey to Lübeck (a distance of over 200 km – which he covered on foot!) to hear the legendary organist, composer and scholar Dietrich Buxtehude, this cantata might represent the young Bach as he absorbed and internalized the techniques and ideas learned from the venerable old master.

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On Smetana, Bartok and Tchaikovsky

Folklore, Village Life and Nationalism in the Modern World

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