The Big Five, Part I: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Monday, April 16, 2012

This week Exploring Music reaches back into the history, growth and development of one of America’s great musical institutions.

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Frank Pedulla from Sunnyside, Queens

As a lower-brass player with Trombone Performance degrees from Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, I had as a student, read The Art of Brass Playing by both Phillip Farkas and Edward Kleinhammer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Also, later having read Arnold Jacob's Wind and Song book, listened to the CD recording, and attended a four-day workshop of his in New Jersey, I acquired quite a considerable amount of helpful and usable knowledge. As a professional trombonist on-the-road playing in show pit orchestras, I made it an utmost priority to find time in my crowded schedule to attend a concert at Chicago Symphony Hall. Tchaikowski's Overture to Francesca da Rimini was on the program; a performance I'll always remember. Adolph Herseth, Dale Clevenger, Carlie Vernon, Jay Freidman were all playing. I must add that the staff was so cordial that after the great performance, they practically suggested I open the stage door and walk downstairs (which to me seemed forever) and "talk with the players." I had previously heard them play Brahms First Piano Concerto, with Alfred Brendel as soloist in Carnegie Hall, and the brass in the Brahms First Symphony was 'enough to make you float out-of-your-chair.' All of my efforts were definitely more than worth it. I must add that as a supporting member of WQXR Public Radio, every minute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra broadcasts so far have been more than musically extravagant, to say the very least. I am intentionally writing at this time in order to perhaps, persuade others to tune-in tonight and tomorrow night for the final 2 one hour 11-12 P.M. segments. Thanking you again for your continuous, wonderful musical broadcasts! Musically yours, Frank -

Apr. 19 2012 04:06 PM

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