Backstage with the New World Symphony, 2010-2011 Season

Lynne WarfelEach week Elena See 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 Elena See 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.

 

May 4, 2011

This week, we meet Daisuke Yamamotoa first year violin fellow originally from Georgia. Daisuke was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by music - his mom is a pianist and he was actually supposed to follow in her footsteps. But, he says, moving his hands in different directions, thinking about chords and keys and pedals - just wasnt his thing. So he decided to try the violin. And after being laid up with a broken wrist for a while and listening to Isaac Stern work his magic on Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, Daisuke knew he'd be playing the violin for a long, long time.

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April 27, 2011

This week, we meet Mike Golubitsky, a second year audio engineering fellow who grew up in Russia. Mike is currently the only audio engineering fellow with the NWS - there is only one at a time. He's also a pianist who had a Mozart-obsessed piano professor. Mike was tapped to record several of the all-Mozart piano recitals the professor gave and that experience, he says, really pushed him into the world of audio engineering. Mike also talks about a special project he got to work on - a project that resulted in a great write-up in Arts Beat in the NY Times.

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April 20, 2011

This week, we meet Will Haapaniemi, a first year violin fellow originally from Los Angeles, California. One of Will's musical heroes is violinist Fritz Kreisler because, as Will says, "He was just so tall." Will is 6'3" and thought about becoming a professional dancer ballet before choosing to focus on the violin. And he has a hair-raising story about a recent concert at the New World Center.

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April 13, 2011

This week, we meet Karin Andreasen, a first year violin fellow originally from Moorhead, Minnesota. Karin never had a defining musical moment - she always knew she wanted to be a musician. It wasn't until she played Copland's Symphony No. 3 with MTT and the NWS, however, that she decided she wanted to be an orchestral violinist. She also has an interesting perspective on working with the NWS it's the perfect place for 'pre-professionals.' And its the very fact that its a transitory kind of place that makes it so special and unique.

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April 6, 2011

This week, we meet Beth Woodside, a former New World Fellow and a current member of the Cleveland Orchestra's 2nd violin section. The orchestra concludes their Miami residency with concerts this weekend. Beth spent just 3 months with the NWS before winning her first job with the Rochester Philharmonic. But those three months, she believes, were important ones. And even after she left the NWS, she just kept running into MTT -- one one of MTT's pretty famous teachers.

Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 concerts start at 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Pianist Horacio Gutierrez plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and the orchestra, conducted by Jiri Belohlavek, plays Haydn's Symphony No. 96 and Dvorak's Symphony No. 7. These are the final concerts of the Cleveland Orchestra's 2011 Miami Residency!

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March 30, 2011

This week, we meet 2nd year Clarinet Fellow Jason Shafer. Jason studied at the Eastman School and is currently the youngest member of the NWS. (Hes 23.) He's a martial arts star turned clarinetist who believes that you've got to give back - no matter what kind of career he ends up pursuing, he knows it'll include some kind of community involvement. Jason actually subbed for the NWS a few years before he auditioned for a NWS Fellowship and hes got a great story about the first time he ever performed with the group.

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March 23, 2011

This week we meet first year percussion Fellow Erick Wood. A graduate of DePaul and Temple Universities, Erick has some clear opinions about the place of one particular percussion instrument, and ... he probably has the oddest day job of any musician ever.

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March 16, 2011

This week we meet Travis Peterson, Trumpet Fellow in his second season with New World. A Milaca, Minnesota, native, Travis and his wife arrived in Miami last January when Michael Tilson-Thomas immediately put him to work as principal trumpet in the triumphant season closing performance of Mahler's Symphony Number Five that brought the house down. Travis shares that experience as well as what hes looking forward to in this new season ... and in the new hall.

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March 2, 2011

This week we meet Marisela Sager, former New World Fellow and now Assistant Principal Flute with The Cleveland Orchestra, arriving in town for their January residency at the Adrienne Arsht Center on January 28th and 29th.

Marisela has fond memories of her time at NWS and also of a special quality Michael Tilson-Thomas brings to the orchestra. She also talks about learning from member of the Cleveland Orchestra while at New World, and what it was like the first time she rehearsed in Severance Hall.

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February 23, 2011

This week we meet Joshua Lee, the New World Symphony's one and only Tuba Fellow. A Ladysmith, Wisconsin native, Josh recalls who a desire for an exotic pet and a summer rainstorm changed his musical life when they led him from the trombone to the tuba.

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February 16, 2011

This week on Backstage with the New World Symphony, we meet Carrie Schafer, second year trumpet fellow from Chicago, Illinois. Carrie is an avid runner who trained for and ran in the Los Angeles Marathon in 2007. She compares training for a big run with preparing to play Mahler - and decides that the Mahler preparation is more difficult.

Carrie also shares a great story about Michael Tilson Thomas and his unique approach to orchestral phrasing. And she talks about the importance of establishing and then maintaining strong friendships in order to succeed in the music performance industry.

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February 9, 2011

This week on Backstage with the New World Symphony, we welcome Katia Istomin, first year Viola Fellow from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Katia's parents are both musicians (including a father in the Pittsburg Symphony) and she talks about how THAT made her NOT want to be a musician. Picking up the viola was something she calls 'a fluke.'

Katia also talks about her favorite memory of the New World Symphony - the first concert they ever did, with Scott Yoo conducting Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht. And she explains why the New World Center with its 'organic' construction is so very impressive.

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February 2, 2011

This week on Backstage with the New World Symphony, we welcome Matthew Roitstein, first year Flute Fellow from Valencia, California. Matthew talks about his non-traditional music path: He went to MIT and got a BS in math and architecture with a minor in music.

Matthew also talks about the close ties his family has always had to Miami, a place he calls his 'second home.' And he recounts his first big musical break - he and his musical brother were both accepted into the LA Philharmonic Honors Orchestra while in high school.

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January 26, 2011

This week we meet Sam Blair, first year Basson Fellow form Frisco, Texas. Sam's good humor shines through as he recounts how he picked the bassoon, or how it picked HIM, way back in sixth grade. Although it wasn't even on his short list of instruments he wanted to play, he's had some great experiences at New World and tells a great story about how Michael Tilson-Thomas gave him a compliment that will stay with Sam forever.

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January 19, 2011

This week we meet Marisela Sager, former New World Fellow and now Assistant Principal Flute with The Cleveland Orchestra, arriving in town for their January residency at the Adrienne Arsht Center on January 28th and 29th.

Marisela has fond memories of her time at NWS and also of a special quality Michael Tilson-Thomas brings to the orchestra. She also talks about learning from member of the Cleveland Orchestra while at New World, and what it was like the first time she rehearsed in Severance Hall.

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January 12, 2011

This week we meet Joshua Lee, the New World Symphony's one and only Tuba Fellow. A Ladysmith, Wisconsin native, Josh recalls who a desire for an exotic pet and a summer rainstorm changed his musical life when they led him from the trombone to the tuba.

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December 29, 2010

This week we meet first year trombone Fellow, Doug Rosenthal from Northbrook, Illinois. Doug is a native-born fan of the Chicago Symphony and, as a low brass player, Wagner's Ring Cycle is near the top of his musical favorite lists. Among many discoveries he's made on the musical path is why many of the great 19th and 20th century composers used the trombone rather sparingly.

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December 22, 2010

This week we meet Michael Ferraguto, a Boston native in his first year with NWS. Although he is a violinist and pianist, he has the distinction of being the Symphony's one and only Library Fellow. He explains some of the more unusual aspects of his career, including where the hidden batons are stashed during concerts, and the five words an orchestra librarian never wants to hear.

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December 15, 2010

This week we meet Lotem Beider, third year violist from Rehovot, Israel. She recalls some very early childhood memories of going to concerts with her parents in her home town, and a very unique memory of performing Russian music in Red Square.

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December 8, 2010

This week on Backstage with the New World symphony we meet cellist Sara Sitzer. Sara is a St. Louis, MO. native who developed an interest in cheesemaking, perhaps due her time she spent as a cello student at the University of Wisconsin. She shares stories about her cello teacher there who taught that how you use your body while making music is as important as making the music, and shares what's most exciting about the rest of the season at NWS.

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December 1, 2010

This week and next we meet Karl Wiederwohl, bass trombonist with NWS from Brandenburg, KY. Over the next two weeks, Karl tells us about an extremely unusual musical group's influence that shaped his audition piece for New World (hint: they aren't even human!); Karl plays for us, AND the inside scoop on Music Director Michael Tilson-Thomas' byword for all orchestra players.

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November 24, 2010

This week we meet first year percussion Fellow Erick Wood. A graduate of DePaul and Temple Universities, Erick has some clear opinions about the place of one particular percussion instrument, and ... he probably has the oddest day job of any musician ever.

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November 17, 2010

This week we meet Travis Peterson, Trumpet Fellow in his second season with New World. A Milaca, Minnesota, native, Travis and his wife arrived in Miami last January when Michael Tilson-Thomas immediately put him to work as principal trumpet in the triumphant season closing performance of Mahler's Symphony Number Five that brought the house down. Travis shares that experience as well as what hes looking forward to in this new season ... and in the new hall.

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November 10, 2010

This week we meet Stacey Storer from Pittsburgh PA. Her passions run from horses to Bartok, and she has a very unique take on the best feature of the new campus.

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November 3, 2010

This week we meet Doug Rosenthal from Northbrook illinois. A second year Trombone Fellow who has some great meories form last season as he also looks forward to the new hall, and recalls some fashion tips learned form Osmo Vanska.

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October 27, 2010

This week it's part two of our conversation with NWS fellow Karl Wiederwohl, bass trombonist. This week Karl recalls a great opportunity to say goodbye musically to one of America's great trombone players, and reveals NWS Artistic Director Michael Tilson-Thomas' secret by-word for the new season.

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October 20, 2010

This week and next we meet Karl Wiederwohl, bass trombonist with NWS from Brandenburg, KY. Over the next two weeks, Karl tells us about an extremely unusual musical group's influence that shaped his audition piece for New World (hint: they aren't even human!); Karl plays for us, AND the inside scoop on Music Director Michael Tilson-Thomas' byword for all orchestra players.

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October 13, 2010

Its Part Two with Catherine "Cat" Miller, fourth year violin fellow form Savannah, GA. This week Cat talks about her outreach ensemble, Project 440, what Michael Tilson-Thomas brings to a rehearsal and a sneak peek at the new campus.

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October 6, 2010

Backstage with the New World Symphony starts it's second season on CSF. Listen this Wednesday at 8:01 and again at 5:01 when fourth year violinist Catherine "Cat" Miller talks about her unusual summer job, her original project in her hometown of Savannah, GA and what to look forward to this year with Michael Tilson-Thomas and the NWS.

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