LIFELONG LEARNING: IT’S A GOOD THING!!

 

When he was 91, Pablo Casals was approached by a student who asked, “Maestro, why do you continue to practice?” Casals replied, “Because I am making progress.”

To make progress is like learning and then learning more. The events of these first few weeks of summer have been like that for me. Let me explain:

Summer  is usually associated with vacations and travel. In 2004, after visiting Alaska, I said to anyone I knew “Every American should visit Alaska at least once in their life.” I’ve said the same thing about New Orleans, where I visited in 1999. Both these places impressed me with their ethnic vitality as well as their very interesting history. I recently returned from Nevada where I took a 4-hour tour of the Hoover Dam. My same thoughts, that every American should visit it and learn about its history, keep floating through my head. The Hoover Dam was built in four years instead of six and completed UNDER budget. Over 100 people died during its construction. The Dam itself is a National Historic Landmark, rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders and is a testament to the foresight of President Hoover and the work ethic of so many. As our tour drove through the desert to the Dam, we marveled at the ability of a work force in the 1930’s to build such a huge structure in the middle of the desert southwest. The volume of concrete used to build it consisted of 3.25 million cubic yards (2.6 million cubic meters). We saw the huge turbines that run the Dam, walked along its uppermost edge and looked down its height of over 700 feet, and walked through underground tunnels that were dug during its construction. The Dam meets the water needs of more than 20 million people in parts of Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico. I learned so much about this amazing structure and highly recommend seeing it.

How does this relate to a blog on classical music you ask? Well, along with gorgeous views in Alaska, spontaneous jazz on the streets of New Orleans, and a huge structure like the Hoover Dam, I find the same feeling of wonder when I think of classical music. How could Beethoven have composed such incredible music after becoming deaf? How could J.S. Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Copland and all the other geniuses have composed so many different pieces during their relatively short lives (compared to our current longevity)?  Just last week I had the honor to meet the daughter of the famous American composer, Morton Gould (1913-1996) and hear her speak. She lives in Plainview, NY and visited our rehearsal of the Northport Community Band. She shared such warm and interesting stories about her well-known and respected composer father and how to this day, each time she hears his music performed, it brings tears to her eyes. The Northport Community Band will be performing some of Morton Gould’s works for band at our concerts this summer.  Expanding one’s knowledge in any way, rejuvenates, refreshes and brings on a feeling of such growth and happiness. The world is full of wonder. See it, marvel at it, listen to it and enjoy it! “Making progress” as Casals said….learning… is a terrific thing.

On July 13, 2014, we lost world-renowned conductor, Lorin Maazel at the age of 84. According to Newsday, Maazel had conducted most of the major American orchestras by the age of 15! He served as conductor or music director of the New York Philharmonic for seven years as well as with the Bayreuth Festival, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera, and the Pittsburgh Symphony to name a few. Your Library has a number of recordings with him at the helm:

Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 (CD) with Kathleen Battle and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart’s Don Giovanni (DVD) with Kiri Te Kanawa and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Paris Opera, Verdi’s Aida (CD) with Luciano Pavarotti, and a DVD available through interlibrary loan from other Suffolk County libraries: Summer Night Concert 2013 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring the music of Verdi and Wagner in celebration of their bicentennial anniversaries. The concert was held on the grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna (I speak from experience that this Palace is just amazing, having toured it in 1981) and was recorded live.

When you come in to choose any of the above,  pick up a copy of a new book the Library just acquired: “The Late Starters Orchestra” by Ari L. Goldman. David Hajdu, music critic for The New Republic, said of this book: “A lovely, moving story of personal rediscovery disguised as a book about cello-playing.”

Our Did You Know for today’s post is a little different from the information about a composer I usually include. I came across a word recently that I’m sure not all of you are familiar with:  theremin. According to the Britannica Online Encyclopedia, it may also be called Thereminvox and is an “electronic musical instrument invented in 1920 in the Soviet Union by Leon Theremin (also called Lev Termen). It consists of a box with radio tubes producing oscillations at two sound-wave frequencies above the range of hearing; together, they produce a lower audible frequency equal to the difference in their rates of vibration. Pitch is controlled by moving the hand or a baton toward or away from an antenna at the right rear of the box….Harmonics, or component tones, of the sound can be filtered out, allowing production of several tone colours over a range of six octaves. The American composer Henry Cowell and the French-American composer Edgard Varese have written for the theremin. The instrument was used in recordings by the American rock group the Beach Boys and in the soundtracks of several science fiction films.” For you Big Bang aficionados, it can also be heard in episodes of the show played by Sheldon!

Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!

E. Susman, July 16, 2014

 

 

 

 

Thanks, Dad.

 “Not every successful man is a good father, but every good father is a successful man.”   –Robert Duvall

We recently celebrated Father’s Day. Since one of my posts recently recognized Moms on Mother’s Day, I feel it’s time to give equal attention to Dads. I have written of my parents often in The Quarter Notes, as most of you know. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of them both and how grateful I am for the home and childhood they gave my brother and me, of which classical music, concerts, operas, and music lessons were a very large part. The picture I have most often of my Dad, is of him practicing piano in our basement. He would often start out practicing a Mozart Fantasy or Brahms Rhapsody. If I was preparing a piece to perform in a concert or competition on my flute, he would move on to practicing the piano part, so he’d be ready to rehearse with me. Music wasn’t just something we did together occasionally; it was part of our lives, our father/daughter bond that will be with me forever. When I was practicing at the far end of the house, whenever I paused or stopped to write notes in the music, I often heard him shout out from the livingroom: “beautiful!” When I was done practicing, he would make a point of telling me how much he enjoyed it when I practiced my flute. Very often when we would ride in the car together, there would be a familiar classical piece on the local radio station. He would always know what it was and I marveled at his ability to correctly identify so many pieces. Thanks to him I have loved classical music all my life. He showed us what it means to have high ethical standards, because he always did, how to work hard and respect everyone. Thanks, Dad.

As a tribute to him, I’m listing some of his favorite pieces which I know you’d also enjoy listening to:

Mozart’s piano fantasyBrahm’s rhapsodies, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Beethoven’s string quartets and Handel’s flute sonatas to name just a very few.

Quite a few musical families throughout history were well known: Mozart‘s father was a musician and of  Bach‘s 20 children, a number of them  were professional musicians and composers,  following in their father’s footsteps. On a more local note, a friend and colleague of mine from the Northport Symphony Orchestra recently shared his daughters’ website with me. I HAVE to share it with you because it is not only a  tribute to their dad, who is an excellent oboist, but because they are still in high school and love playing classical music in their quartet (flute, violin, viola and cello). Take a look and enjoy:  Paderewski Quartet.

New at the Library: we recently acquired the 58 disc CD set of “Brahms Complete Edition“. It was just released in April 2014 and contains ALL of Brahms‘ works! The performers include the top names in the music world such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo String Quartet, Daniel Barenboim,  Yehudi Menuhin and many more.  Each work is listed  separately so that it is easy to choose what you’d like to listen to. There are over 400 works in this set.

Our “Did You Know” selection for today is  Antonin Dvorak, the Czech composer (1841-1904) who wrote the famous and very popular Symphony No. 9, also known as the New World Symphony, note the link to our Library’s copy that I mentioned above. It was commissioned in 1893 by the New York Philharmonic and incorporated both Czech and American folk influences. The composer himself didn’t attend the first performance because he suffered from agoraphobia (afraid to go outdoors alone), but he did attend the second. Dvorak performed as an organist and violist, but was competent in many other instruments also.

I hope all the Dads out there have a year filled with laughter and song. Listen to this one (with a box of tissues) to get you started:  from the Donna Reed show.

Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!

E. Susman, June 17, 2014

 

Summer time and the living should include Music and Reading!

“I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.”   –George Eliot (1819-1880)

The Quarter Notes has officially passed its one year anniversary. I hope you all have enjoyed our little sessions together as much as I enjoy writing them for you. Thank you to all my followers and also thank you to those of you who have sent in your lovely comments. I really love hearing from you and so appreciate the support. The Quarter Notes Blog has been visited by over 30 countries.  I’m honored to be read by classical music fans from Israel to Finland, from New Zealand to Germany and Bangladesh! Please continue to share and spread the love of classical music via The Quarter Notes Blog with your friends and family. Thank you, thank you!!!

As the summer is upon us, please remember what a gold mine you have here on Long Island by way of free, outdoor summer concerts. There is one coming up on June 14, 2014 at the beautiful Northport Harbor Park. Come down to hear (at 1 p.m.) the Northport Symphony Orchestra play Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and more as you stroll among the art exhibits for this En Plein Air Painting Event, sponsored by the Northport Arts Coalition. The Northport Harbor is also the venue for the Northport Community Band which begins its first season without it’s beloved founder and musical director, Robert W. Krueger (Bob), whom we lost last fall. Our new director, former associate musical director, Don Sherman, has planned a summer of tributes and remembrances to honor Bob. Concerts begin July 3, 2014, at 8:30 p.m. and continue through July 31. That’s every Thursday in July, so count on no rain those nights, and bring your chairs and picnic dinners. Mark your calendars in July then for Thursdays in Northport and Wednesdays in Huntington, when the Huntington Community Band performs on the stage at Hecksher Park. Check out Great River’s  Bayard Cutting Arboretum for free chamber music concerts on their grounds; arrive early to stroll through the beautiful gardens and relax in their garden café. The Atlantic Wind Symphony will be playing a free concert at the Heckscher State Park in East Islip, usually followed by Grucci fireworks, on July 12, 2014.

I’m sure a lot of you have been working hard on getting your gardens and patios in shape for a summer of relaxing. I’m excited to share some reading and listening suggestions with you that should accompany you when you’ve earned a rest from your  yard work, or take them along to enjoy on that summer vacation. Come in to your Library for:

The Complete Mozart Symphonies – we’ve just added this collection of CDs which would be perfect for your summer listening pleasure. Here’s an interesting point which I, as a music major, should have known. As I looked over this collection, I noticed the list of symphonies didn’t include Mozart’s No. 2 or No. 3. I was disappointed that contrary to the title, it was not the complete symphonies. However, being the reference librarian that I am, I had to investigate this omission. Well, guess I missed this fact in my music history course in college: Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, KV 17, is considered to possibly be by Mozart’s his father, Leopold Mozart. The Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, K.18, also once attributed to W.A. Mozart, is now considered to be the work of Carl Friedrich Abel, a German composer of the earlier classical period.

The following novels may not have been best sellers, but certainly look like fun reads, especially for all of us classical music lovers:

His Secret Little Wife by Fredrica Wagman  twists and turns a quick story of a renowned orchestra conductor and his shocking affair with his pre-teen neighbor who is a budding cellist.

The Keeper of Secrets by Julie Thomas says it’s “a novel of love, loss, and survival.” The story follows a priceless violin across generations, from World War II to Stalinist Russia and to the concert halls of today. An orchestra conductor, inspired by a young violin virtuoso, learns the boy’s family once owned a precious violin that was lost and so the story goes on….

La’s Orchestra Saves the World is by Alexander McCall Smith, the best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. It’s a tender tale of a divorcee in 1939 who flees the German bombs in London to settle in a small town and organize an amateur orchestra.

Murder Duet: A Musical Case by Batya Gur is about the Israeli classical music world and a murder investigation with sheet music as the only clue to the motive. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay explores family, art and music in daily life. The story of the characters, a violinist, a composer and an artist weaves from Europe to America and from conservatory life to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This is also available as an eBook.

Lastly, here’s our “Did You Know?” selection for today:  Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), one of the most popular Romantic composers, is often considered the successor to Beethoven. Brahms was shy, reserved and never married. He was famous for his large beard which he didn’t grow until he was 45 years old. He loved cigars but hated duties on tobacco. He was once caught smuggling it, stuffed into stockings in his luggage!

Hope you all have a very musical and relaxing summer. Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!

E. Susman, June 5, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks, Mom

“Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he  sings.”   

—Robert Benchley,  American Humorist

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday. Everyone has or has had a Mom. That is a given in life. How the relationship is and how long it lasts is unique to each of us. I was lucky enough to have both parents who loved classical music. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, it was part of our home, our lives, our upbringing. We were blessed to be able to go to concerts throughout our childhood. We even attended full opera performances, at a very early age. I must say, as a young child, I didn’t appreciate opera then as much as I do now. The music, costumes, acting and stage design did fascinate me though. Having attended the Indiana University School of Music where opera is huge and full operatic productions take place all year, I began appreciating it more and more. Then one day, my Mom said something that has always stuck with me each time I hear someone singing an aria: “Isn’t it amazing that such a sound is being produced by a human?” It IS magical. Think about it: Luciano Pavarotti, Elizabeth SchwarzkopfLeontyne Price, Joan Sutherland, Maria Callas, Marion Anderson, Beverly Sills, Placido Domingo, Richard Tucker, Renee Fleming, Cecilia Bartolli and on and on. They sing and it is breathtaking. You don’t have to understand or know the words or story to fall in love with the sound.   I was recently driving to a concert listening to arias by Pavarotti on the radio and found myself moved to tears with the passion and beauty of his singing. I just couldn’t get enough of it!

On WSHU, classical 91.1 FM,  they were highlighting the 50th anniversary of Pavarotti signing on with the Decca label. He remained solely with Decca throughout his career. Decca has recently released a collection of his performances to commemorate this anniversary in the form of a 2-CD set. Some of the performances have been issued on this new set for the first time since his wife discovered them after his death. It is also the 50th anniversary of Pavarotti’s debut at the Royal Opera House in La Boheme. Your Library has ordered this CD set: Pavarotti The 50 Greatest Tracks“.  Be the first to put a reserve in for this or get it for your Mom for Mother’s Day!

Here’s another suggestion for your enjoyment: the Library has an extensive collection of full length opera recordings on CD or collections of opera arias on CD. As you have your Mom over for a Mother’s Day dinner, take some of these home and play them while you spend quality time together:

Italian Opera Arias, Opera: Great Love Duets of the 20th Century,  or Opera Choruses

Or, check out our  DVDs of opera performances to share together;  these are just a few: Don GiovanniOtello Tosca, and Carmen or try this DVD of a sampling of celebrated opera stars, Great Stars of Opera.

Our “Did You Know?” section for today is on Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), who wrote two of the all-time-greatest Italian opera hits: Lucia di Lammermoor and L’Elisir D’Amore and was an important influence on Verdi. Donizetti composed close to 70 operas in his brief 50 years of life. He was known as a workaholic and was very financially successful as a composer, despite his working-class parents discouraging his musical talents as a child!

Hope you all have a memorable and musical Mother’s Day. Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!

E. Susman

May 6, 2014

 

Holocaust Remembrance Day

“Today, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, I am taking a moment to think of all those who suffered, fought and died during the Holocaust. Please join me in remembering.”–Birthright Israel

Today on this important day of remembrance (which actually started last night, April 27), I want to share with you some of the resources we have at the Library. All formats are included. It is so hard to pick and choose, since we have so many excellent books, DVDs, CDs, and eBooks that would help to remember. Each of those I’ve listed below deal with music, art, or culture and their relationship to survival during history’s bleakest years. Some of them you may be familiar with from my previous posts, but I’ve included them again since they warrant repeating.

Partisans of Vilna (sound recording CD): the songs of World War II Jewish Resistance

A Yiddish World Remembered (DVD), narrated by Elliott Gould

Wagner & Me (DVD)

A Century of Wisdom (downloadable eBook): Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer

BOOKS:  Hiding in the Spotlight: a Musical Prodigy’s Story of Survival, 1941-1946  by Greg Dawson

Forbidden Music: the Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis by Michael Haas

A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer  by Caroline Stoessinger

The Girls of Room 28: Friendship, Hope, and Survival in Theresienstadt by Hannelore Brenner-Wonschick

And You Shall Know Us By the Trail of Our Vinyl: the Jewish Past as Told by the Records We Have Loved and Lost by Roger Bennett

Art, Music and Education as Strategies for Survival:  Theresientadt 1941-45  edited by Anne D. Dutlinger

The Inextinguishable Symphony: a True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany by Martin Goldsmith

It seems especially important to acknowledge this day, as a recent article in our  local Long Island newspaper, Newsday, appeared with the heading: “Anti-Semitism Up In Europe.” Take a look at the website of  Birthright Israel;  just click on the link above after the opening quote. If you’re not familiar with the organization, Birthright, you’ll find it very informative.  Both our daughters were lucky enough to visit Israel through Birthright and get to know the country where my parents met, my brother and I were born and my husband and I spent our honeymoon! It was an experience of a life time for them.

Along those lines,  here are a few suggestions so we end on a positive note on this day, for items with connections to Israel and music:

Eternal Echoes (sound recording CD):  Songs and Dances for the Soul performed by Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman

Orchestra of Exiles (DVD) the history of the formation of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra

Happy You’re Alive (DVD) a documentary telling the story of two veterans of combat in the West Bank and how one dealt with it by turning to music, the other by turning to therapy

Zubin Mehta: the Score of My Life the autobiography of the Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Sentir (sound recording CD) hear Flamenco and Klezmer music performed by Israeli singer-songwriter of Judeo-Spanish music, Yasmin Levy

Our regular feature “Did You Know?” will continue in the next post of the Quarter Notes Blog.

Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!

E. Susman

April 28, 2014

 

 

Remember the Importance of Music In Our Schools

“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”

President Gerald Ford

 

Libraries on Long Island recently had their budget votes. Thank you to all who came out to vote on ours! Coming in May are the school budget votes. It seems I’m always preaching to the choir, as they say. If you’re reading The Quarter Notes Blog, you are already an ardent music fan. However, I feel one can never emphasize the importance of music in the life and education of our children enough.

Two recent news stories come to mind which I am sharing with you to illustrate my passion for keeping music in our schools. Long Islander, Kwasi Enin, a senior at  William Floyd High School in Shirley, NY was accepted to all 8 Ivy League colleges. In addition to all his outstanding grades and activities, he plays viola in the school orchestra and is in the youth and bell choirs at his church. Enin has said that music has played a significant role in his life: he states that music “has become the spark of my intellectual curiosity. I would not have the admiration of my teachers and friends if I had not let the charisma of music persuade me to become a performer in my school, town and state.”

A few weeks ago, a family member sent us this link to the following video of people in Syracuse, NY (my home town, where I attended graduate school and both our daughters did their college studies). Not being well-versed in popular music, I just thought it was a great song in the background of an equally great video and left it at that. However, on the CBS Sunday Morning show, this past April 13, 2014, they presented the singer/composer of that very same song: “Happy”.  Now, not only did I have a face and personality to link with the song, but I found out that he, Pharrell Williams, is a well-respected and very successful musician, a seven-time Grammy award-winning artist.  He gives all the credit for his musical passion and talents to his public school music teachers, going so far to say that if it hadn’t been for them, he would still be in Virginia, doing something totally different from being the extremely successful musician that he is today. Read his story and then remind yourselves to vote for your school budgets so that music will continue to be an important part of our children’s and our lives.

Our “Did You Know?” for today is about Georges Bizet, composer of Carmen, one of the most famous and popular operas of all time. Bizet’s ability as a pianist and sight-reader impressed Franz Liszt so much that he pronounced him his equal. His composition teacher, Fromental Halevy later became his father-in-law, as he married Halevy’s daughter. Bizet’s given name was Alexandre Cesar Leopold. He just liked Georges better!

Lastly, please check out a few brand new acquisitions to our Library’s music collection which I am very excited about:

1.  In honor of the 300th anniversary of the birth in 1714 of C.P.E. Bach (second son of J.S. Bach), we have added The CPE Bach Collection, a 13-CD set, just released in March. C.P.E. Bach composed in numerous genres, including keyboard works, symphonies, solo flute works and much more. There’s enough music on this collection to keep you inspired during quite a lot of listening!

2.  A brand new 2014 book, by Kathy Caton, called Da Capo From the Beginning, should be on your list of must reads. The subtitle is “Inspiring Life Lessons from the Other Side of the Baton” which gives you a hint of what it’s about: teaching music.

3.  Published in 2013, Joanne Lipman’s book entitled Strings Attached:  One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations looks at the life of a tough Ukrainian immigrant music teacher who transformed his students and daughters into better musicians and better people.

Enjoy!!!

Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!

E. Susman

April 16, 2014

 

 

Take Your Pick

“If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them.” –Luciano Pavarotti

Have you noticed how much choice we have in this country? It’s just amazing: from appliance brands, to types and brands of cars, to brands of running shoes and all sorts of foods. Even in peanut butter (our dog is a big peanut butter lover and doesn’t care which kind she gets!), there’s natural, honey, low fat crunchy, low fat smooth, regular crunchy, regular smooth and the list goes on.  Now with spring planting upon us, which flowers, seeds, vegetables and plants do we plant in our yards?  I always feel there are so many, it’s very hard to make up my mind! Growing up in a very musical household, we had a recording (vinyl of course) of pretty much most of the standard classical works. It wouldn’t have occurred to my parents to purchase copies of the same pieces,  performed by different musicians. On the other hand, as I peruse catalogues and websites (ArchivMusic.com is one of my favorites) of classical music recordings, I become overwhelmed with the number of  recordings by different performers of the same pieces. As a classically trained musician who often listens to recordings of pieces I am working on with my music groups, I find it very interesting and useful to compare different recordings of the same piece.

With the onset of spring and the lazy hazy days of summer to appear soon after, why not check out some of our vast collection of recordings by different musicians of the same piece? Really listen closely to tempos, phrasing and dynamics and see if you can hear differences in interpretation and style as you plant your garden or relax in the warmth of the seasons.  I’m sure it’d be a great learning experience if you have never done this.  Since March is a month full of famous birthdays ( J.S. Bach on March 21, Bartok on March 25  and Haydn on March 31 to name just a few) here are my suggestions from the works of these birthday boys for your listening and analyzing pleasure:

J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2: Festival Strings Lucerne conducted by Rudolf Baumgartner or English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Raymond Leppard

Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2: violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa or violinist Isabelle Faust with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding

Haydn Symphony No. 94 “Surprise”The Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Christopher Hogwood or Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Our “Did You Know” for this post is about our very own American composer, conductor and pianist Leonard Bernstein. While at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying conducting with Fritz Reiner, Bernstein received the only “A” Fritz Reiner ever awarded in conducting class. Bernstein became an overnight sensation on November 14, 1943 when he filled in for Bruno Walter to conduct the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall at the age of 25. Bernstein introduced his “Young People’s Concerts”, the first program of its type, with the NY Philharmonic, telecast on CBS. I remember watching them all religiously with my family, growing up in Syracuse. The Library has some wonderful sources for you to check out: The Leonard Bernstein Letters, Dinner with Lenny: the Last Long Interview With Leonard Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts (DVD): With the New York Philharmonic, Candide: Final Revised Version, 1989 (CD), The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard

Speaking of educational music programs, come join your fellow music lovers at the Huntington Public Library, 338 Main Street, Huntington, NY on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 3 p.m., as the Northport Symphony Orchestra gives a free live performance entitled: “Ideas to Music: Composer, Orchestra and Listeners”. Your own Half Hollow Hills Community Library will present the following free programs in April which any music lover would enjoy: Listening to the Movies: Great Songs from Great Motion Pictures on April 6 and Tosca: Music by Giacomo Puccini on April 10. Call the Library at 631-421-4530 to get more information. Don’t feel you have to pick between these programs; come to all of them!

Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!

E. Susman

March 26, 2014