Mike was one of those people. After all, the BSO is one of the best orchestras in the country, and the best funded. You can make six figures playing there. Benefits. Vacation. It would mean a real working life for Mike, doing what he loves, in the city he loves.
The pull of family contributed to his decision to leave. Berlin became his home during the 16 years he was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. He bought a house in the city\\\\u2019s suburbs and his wife, the Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena, and their three children, Jonas, Milos and Anezka, live there. He got used to cooking for them during the pandemic and the opportunity to enjoy family life and still conduct a world-class orchestra was too good to resist.
Enter Alan Goode, the LSO\\\\u2019s operations manager and the man responsible for moving tonnes of orchestral gear across the globe. In another life, the lean 47-year-old Dubliner was a tour manager for rock acts including The White Stripes and Shane MacGowan. Working with an orchestra, he concedes, is rather more \\\\u201Ccivilised\\\\u201D.
Bernstein became Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in 1958. From then until 1969 he led more concerts with the orchestra than any previous conductor. He subsequently held the lifetime title of Laureate Conductor, making frequent guest appearances with the orchestra. More than half of Bernstein's 400-plus recordings were made with the New York Philharmonic.
We also wanted their input on the economic realities of performing in a symphony orchestra in the 21st century, when classical music and the health of symphonies all over the world often appear in jeopardy.
Paul Trapkus (BM, Music Education and Violin Performance, University of Michigan) is a violinist with the Boulder Philharmonic and Boulder Chamber Orchestras and the orchestra director at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado. He encourages high school students who hope for a symphony career to participate in as many musical opportunities as you can manage.
The symphony orchestra players interviewed for this article had diverse needs and views around working outside of their symphony jobs. Some earn a viable income through their orchestra jobs alone. Others teach, gig, and work at non-musical jobs. 59ce067264