“I so wanted to find a piece that could involve fellows from every studio. The result was Igor Stravinsky’s 1919 version of Firebird Suite, which has harp, piano, a battery of percussion and timpani, active trumpets, and low brass. And, of course, famous winds and strings. And a very prominent first oboe part.”
And thus, a Welcome Concert – one for welcome both the community and the musicians – was born.
That Larry Rachleff’s role is one that could be taken for granted is a testament to the abilities of the fellows and the teaching of the faculty. It is not, however, a role that should be taken for granted. He is not just a conductor and certainly not a warm-up act. He’s a devoted educator and tireless advocate for young musicians who has been imparting his wisdom to Academy fellows for well over a decade.
During our interview for this piece, I asked Larry why amidst his years of conducting professional orchestras he continues to return to the art of teaching young musicians. His answer speaks volumes about the kind of conductor, educator, and person he is:
“I would say I’m really lucky that I have 2 major salvations in my life. I have my family, and I have working with young people. To be a small part of the trajectory of someone’s life, whether they become a professional orchestral musicians or not, is such a privilege.”
– Henry Michaels
Project Resonance Blog editor, Director of Audience Experience and Engagement, Music Academy of the West