Backstage with the New World Symphony, 2009-2010 Season

Lynne WarfelEach week Lynne Warfel introduces you to the best and brightest young instrumentalists at NWS. These young musicians who live in South Florida concentrate exclusively on working, practicing, studying and performing as full time orchestral musicians. The New World Symphony invites the world's best guest artists, coaches and conductors to work with the organization in a full season of concerts and community outreach programs. Join Lynne Warfel every Wednesday at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as she interviews one of the current Fellows and brings you musical highlights of upcoming concerts at NWS during their September 2009 through April 2010 season.

 

April 28, 2010

This week it's part 2 of our interview with Katherine Bormann, a fourth year violin Fellow from Bismarck, ND. (Repeat episode)

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April 21, 2010

This week we meet Katherine Bormann, a fourth year violin Fellow from Bismarck, ND. Katherine speaks eloquently about her love of music, richard Strauss and, of course, Michael Tilson-Thomas. (Repeat episode)

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April 14, 2010

This week it's Joe Hintz, third year violinist from San Diego. Joe confesses to a problem he had in his technique and how NW came to the rescue. We also find out about New World's Sports Psychologist and how MTT gets those great performances out of his orchestra.

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April 7, 2010

This week is Ingrid Hagan from Springfield, VT. She is a third year Bassoon Fellow whose non-musical interests include snowboarding and scuba diving.

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March 31, 2010

This week it's Tarn Travers from Chelan, WA. He's a third year violinist who studied in San Francisco where he first became a big fan of Michael Tilson-Thomas. Tarn talks about how MTT and Mahler changed his musical life. (repeat episode)

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March 24, 2010

We talk with Robert Woolfrey, a clarinetist with The Cleveland Orchestra. He was educated at the University of Toronto and did his graduate studies at Yale. From 2004-2007 he was resident in Miami as a Fellow with the New World Symphony before joining Cleveland in November 2008. Mr. Woolfrey also teaches privately and serves as a mentor to members of the New World Symphony.

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March 17, 2010

This week it's Hannah Whitehead, Eastman School of Music grad and cellist from Cleveland, Ohio. Hannah shares some interesting insights about the musical genius of Michael Tilson-Thomas, and talks about her first career choice, which wasn't music! (repeat episode)

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March 10, 2010

This week we have Karla Donohew-Perez, First Year Violinist form San Juan Puerto Rico. Karla talks about her unusual experiences at a music boarding school, Venezuela and her initial meeting with Michael Tilson-Thomas.

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March 3, 2010

This week we meet Katherine Bormann, a fourth year violin Fellow from Bismarck, ND. Katherine speaks eloquently about her love of music, richard Strauss and, of course, Michael Tilson-Thomas. (Repeat Episode)

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February 24, 2010

This week we meet Patti Garvey from Chicago, IL. She's a first year cellist and has some interesting insights on the orchestra's pairing with school kids in Venezuela's El Sistema, the music education program that gave birth to the fantastic Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. Patti also shares some insights into world famous conductors' (yes...plural!) wardrobe choices.

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February 17, 2010

Adriana Horne from Midland, Texas is a second year (and the only) harp Fellow with New World Symphony. She talks about, "Why harp?", and how Michael Tilson-Thomas continues to teach even when the unexpected happens in a concert ...

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February 10, 2010

Jacob Nissley, a second year percussion fellow from Des Moines, IA., talks about the special mentoring program NWS has with local Miami schools using old and new technology; how Northwestern University's Wildcat Marching Band (can you tell the host is also an alum?) gave him some unique musical abilities, and his very first very unusual encounter with Michael Tilson-Thomas. Go Cats!

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February 3, 2010

This week we meet Nick Recuber, Bass Fellow from Philadelphia. Nick shares some great tales about a bass player's worst nightmare, and of his first private music lesson with Michael Tilson-Thomas.

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January 27, 2010


This week we are honored to welcome Cleveland Orchestra violinist, Isabel Trautwein. Isabel, an accomplished soloist, chamber and orchestral player and teacher, was a member of NWS in 1994 and credits much of her success to her time spent here in Miami.

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January 20, 2010

Todd Cope is a third year clarinet fellow from Dallas Texas. He has recollections of two really unconventional musical heroes for a classical guy, and an idea or two on what makes a great performance even better. (Repeat episode)

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January 13, 2010

This week we meet Miami native son, Sergio Carreno, percussion fellow with NWS. Sergio recalls how his mother's furniture got him into music, and how jamming with Michael Tilson-Thomas on the most unlikely of instruments was so inspiring. (Repeat episode)

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January 6, 2010

This week we talk to Eric Renick, third year percussionist from Indianapolis. Eric is off to New Zealand in February as one of two international finalists auditioning for Principal Percussionist with The Auckland Sinfonietta. He talks about musicians overcoming the Fear Factor and one of Michael Tilson-Thomas' numerous untapped talents.

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December 30, 2009

This week it's part 2 of our interview with Katherine Bormann, a fourth year violin Fellow from Bismarck, ND.

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December 23, 2009

This week we meet Katherine Bormann, a fourth year violin Fellow from Bismarck, ND. Katherine speaks eloquently about her love of music, richard Strauss and, of course, Michael Tilson-Thomas.

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December 16, 2009

This week it's part 2 of our interview with Michael Israelovitch, Principal Timpanist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

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December 9, 2009

This week and next week we meet Michael Israelovitch. From a musical family, including a father who was a respected concertmaster for many major symphony orchestras, Michael epitomizes what NWS is all about: this month he started as Principal Timpanist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He talks about his father, the SPCO, and what Michael Tilson-Thomas and the NWS has meant to him as a musician.

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December 2, 2009

This week it's Tarn Travers from Chelan, WA. He's a third year violinist who studied in San Francisco where he first became a big fan of Michael Tilson-Thomas. Tarn talks about how MTT and Mahler changed his musical life.

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November 25, 2009

This week we talk to Hannah Whitehead, Eastman School of Music grad and cellist from Cleveland, Ohio. Hannah shares some interesting insights about the musical genius of Michael Tilson-Thomas, and talks about her first career choice, which wasn't music!

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November 18, 2009

Todd Cope is a third year clarinet fellow from Dallas Texas. He has recollections of two really unconventional musical heroes for a classical guy, and an idea or two on what makes a great performance even better.

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November 11, 2009

Danish born Christine Christensen came the long way to America by way of the Royal Danish Academy; then into a master class in London that finally brought her to New York City where she worked nights tending bar to be able to play cello during the day. NWS now makes it possible for her to study, practice and performed the way she dreamed about all along, with no night job needed!

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November 4, 2009

This week we meet Miami native son, Sergio Carreno, percussion fellow with NWS. Sergio recalls how his mother's furniture got him into music, and how jamming with Michael Tilson-Thomas on the most unlikely of instruments was so inspiring.

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October 28, 2009

Clarinetist Timothy Dodge talks about his early introduction to music growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He shares some of his memories auditioning for the New World Symphony proving that persistence pays off, and recalls some of his early experiences with the NWS.

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October 21, 2009

Catherine Miller joins us again to talk about how she chose to pursue a career as a violinist. It all happened in Lennox Massachussets while listening to a performance of Beethoevn's 7th. Miller has gone on to study Beethoven extensively, becoming an expert on Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

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October 14, 2009

Joy Payton-Stevens Stevens began playing cello when she was 4 years old trying to keep up with her big sister who'd taken up the violin at age 3. She discusses her love of John Adams and his minimalist compositions which she describes as being both rhymically compelling and richly colorful.

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October 7, 2009

Violinist Catherine Miller talks about some of her favorite peices and describes a moment with New World Symphony founder Michael Tilson Thomas that opened her eyes to Tschakovsky's 5th, revealing to her new life and energy in the symphony that she'd never noticed before.

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