In junior high school, I had a music teacher named Mr. Stolle. He played Menotti operas for us, like The Medium. Everyone wriggled in their seats back then, but around 15 years later, everything Mr. Stolle tried to pass on to me really began to kick in.
In a car in Los Angeles, in 1985, the spirit that compelled me to celebrate The Beatles, Stones, Who and Zeppelin, the feelings I had for Edgar Winter, Frampton, The Doors and CSNY, the place I had made for The Moody Blues and Hendrix, all had to make room for…the Mahler Ninth, performed by the Chicago Symphony, under the baton of Sir George Solti. That was it. That became music to me, in the course of one drive along the Hollywood Freeway.
In the Fall of 2008, the New York Philharmonic asked me to be their radio announcer. It’s my favorite job that I’ve ever had. Last year, I was invited to join their board. Appreciation of the classical music repertoire can come to anyone at any age. Under the direction of Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic is filling Avery Fisher Hall, and concert facilities around the world, with some of the greatest classical programs available today.
You can start listening today. Here’s their link: www.nyphil.org