Playing in Wagner's World

Playing in Wagner's World

In September, 2013, Allegro published a three-part series of articles by MET Orchestra Musicians celebrating the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner. In the second of these, principal hornist Erik Ralske discusses coming from a lifetime spent in symphonic music to the discovery of just what makes Wagner so great.

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When Swan Lake Comes to Sarajevo

When Swan Lake Comes to Sarajevo

“The music is like a magnet, drawing to itself the wish to be alive, fully awake, engaged and alert,” she writes. “It pulls me into it — how can I not respond to its beauty and liveliness and changeability? To the life in every note? The flow of every phrase? The intensity and unpredictability of the musical journey?”

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In Love With the Harp: A Conversation with Susan Jolles

In Love With the Harp: A Conversation with Susan Jolles

Susan Jolles, an associate harpist of the MET Orchestra, recently sat down with Local 802 recording rep Bob Pawlo, where she spoke about her background, her practice tips, her coaching for auditions – and how she doesn’t look when someone else is moving her harp!

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Telling It Like It Is: An Interview with Julie Landsman

Telling It Like It Is: An Interview with Julie Landsman

Julie Landsman, a member of Local 802 since 1972, is one of the most distinguished French hornists and teachers of our time. She held the position of principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 25 years until her retirement in 2010. Recently, Local 802 recording rep Bob Pawlo sat down with Julie to discuss her musical past, her thoughts on playing, and what advice she would give to musicians now.

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