Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Conductor Charles Mackerras, 1925-2010

Widely respected conductor Charles Mackerras has died at age 84, the Guardian reports. Born in Schenectady, New York of Australian parents, he moved to Sydney at an early age. Admired for his Mozart, Janacek and his work in opera, he led the concert that opened the Sydney Opera House, and had a particularly close relationship with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. More detail on his long career here.

Conductor Charles Mackerras, 1925-2010

Widely respected conductor Charles Mackerras has died at age 84, the Guardian reports. Born in Schenectady, New York of Australian parents, he moved to Sydney at an early age. Admired for his Mozart, Janacek and his work in opera, he led the concert that opened the Sydney Opera House, and had a particularly close relationship with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. More detail on his long career here.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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