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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Woman to conduct Vienna Philharmonic


History will be made this Sunday when for the first time ever a woman will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic. Australian Simone Young will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in a performance of Leonard Bernstein's Overture to Candide, Aaron Copland's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra and excerpts from Gustav Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Robert Schumann's Symphony Number Four.

The Vienna Philharmonic, a 156 year old orchestra, still only has one permanent female member, harpist Anna Lelkes. They decided to admit her after intense pressure to drop their male-only rule. The change to allow women was such a giant issue that when it was first announced in the Austrian Parliament.

Young has worked with some of the finest ensembles including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Opera Bastille in Paris and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She is now head of the Hamburg State Opera and general musical director of the Hamburg State Philharmonic.

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Comments on "Woman to conduct Vienna Philharmonic"

 

Anonymous allan said ... (2:27 PM, November 10, 2005) : 

My Questions are borne of ignorance.

Did she select the pieces to be performed?

Is the selection made by Young or by the Vienna Philharmonic; or perhaps it is a combined decision?

Are these works generally compatible with Vienna audience tastes and expectations?

Congratulations to Simone Young and the Vienna Philharmonic in either case.

 

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