MasterWorks Concert At Telluride's Palm Theatre November 17

[click “Play to listen to Susan’s conversation with Arthur Post]

Snapshot 2009-11-13 15-35-33 The San Juan Symphony and the combined choruses of the Telluride Choral Society and the Durango Choral Society present a MasterWorks choral concert, “From The Old Country”,  Saturday, November 14, 7 p.m., following a beer, wine and champagne reception (cash bar), at the Michael D. Palm Theatre. Included in the program are the beautiful albeit professionally daunting Brahms “Nänie, Op. 82,” and Mahler’s wildly dramatic “Forest Legend,” an early work by the inspired composer.

The artistic director of the Telluride Choral Society, Dr. David Lingle, and his counterpart at the Durango Choral Society, Linda Mack, are charged with prepping the chorus, which involves teaching singers the notes and the German. Arthur Post, now in his eighth season as music director of the San Juan Symphony, conducts.


Verdi+Requiem+from+balcony+7-27-08+ The phenomenon dubbed the “Cultural Cringe” by my former mentor/colleague the venerable art critic Robert Hughes loosely refers to the fact that locals tend not to think of artistic events in the same fine light as similar happenings created by artists in ordained venues such as New York, L.A., and major European capitals.  When it comes down to culture, “locavore” is often a pejorative. After living just over 18 years in the Telluride region, I say “hogwash.” And Arthur Post is a case in point.

A graduate of Yale University and The Juilliard School, Arthur Post advanced his studies at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Salzburg Mozarteum. He went on to explore the operatic repertoire at Hamburg’s Hochschule für Musik, also serving on the conducting staff of the Hamburg Operettenhaus and appearing at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. Post also conducted in masterclasses with Leonard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf, and Simon Rattle. He was a conducting fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, performing at The Hollywood Bowl. And here’s the kicker: having begun his studies on the double bass, Post is also fluent in a variety of musical styles, including jazz and popular music, and he conducted tours with pop artists James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.

To learn more about this remarkable man and how he came to choose the Saturday concert program, click the “play” button and listen to his podcast.

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