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Peter Nero and Pops Orchestras.

Peter Nero is a composer, conductor, and pianist. He is currently conducting the Philly Pops Orchestra, in a show called "Uptown, Downtown."


Mercer Ellington Continues His Father's Legacy.

Son of Duke Ellington, composer and musician Mercer Ellington is the conductor of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The Orchestra will join Peter Nero and the Philly Pops for a pair of concerts of Duke Ellington's work, including a symphony, "The Three Black Kings / Les Trois Rois Noirs," finished by Mercer Ellington after his father's death.


Reconstructing Gershwin

Music director and conductor Maurice Peress has spent the last several years resurrecting the composer's early works, including restoring and completing arrangements and organizing performances.


Modern Conductor, Dennis Russell Davies.

Dennis Russell Davies is a conductor known for his dedication to performing new music and innovative programs. Davies is the co-founder and principal conductor for the American Composers Orchestra and the conductor of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center of New York, the summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Davies lives in West Germany and is about to assume the position of the General Music Director of the City of Bonn.


Conductor Lorin Maazel.

Internationally acclaimed conductor Lorin Maazel is in town to conduct a performance at the Spectrum. Maazel joins the show to discuss his life and career.


Understanding What Makes a Great Conductor

In his new book, music writer Joseph Horowitz considers the rise of Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini, whose popularity grew during wartime. Many of Toscanini's contemporaries fell out of favor because of their German heritage.


Seeking an Opportunity to Grow

American conductor and music director Leonard Slatkin discusses the differences between the classical music worlds of Europe and the United States. He says the fast pace of American concert production and music instruction has its benefits and drawbacks.


Leading an Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin.

Leonard Slatkin, music director of the St. Louis Symphony. Under his baton, the St. Louis Symphony has become one of the world's top symphonies, and one of the top five in America. (Rebroadcast. Original broadcast 7/8/87.)


Take Another Look at Conductor George Szell.

Classical Music Critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a CBS compact disc re-issue featuring the late George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra in a performance of Mozart's "Sinfonia Concertante."

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