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Classical 101

Conductor George Manahan Interview

Here's an interview I did with George Manahan, who is one of several conductors being looked at and listened to as a potential Music Director for the Columbus Symphony. He begins by talking about Beethoven's 5th Symphony, and goes on to describe the way his career developed as an opera and symphony conductor. (As a conductor, period, one should say.) Manahan comes to Columbus after serving long appointments with the New Jersey Symphony and the Richmond Symphony, where he served as Music Director for many years. For the past 12 seasons, George Manahan has been Music Director of the New York City Opera. Listen as he talks about his own favorite artists and repertoire, and the best way to learn the work of being a conductor. I especially appreciate the quote from Alban Berg at the end of our chat. George Manahan Interview http:/wosu.org/audio/classical/2009/george-manahan-interview.mp3

Christopher Purdy is Classical 101's early morning host, 7-10 a.m. weekdays. He is host and producer of Front Row Center – Classical 101’s weekly celebration of Opera and more – as well as Music in Mid-Ohio, Concerts at Ohio State, and the Columbus Symphony broadcast series. He is the regular pre-concert speaker for Columbus Symphony performances in the Ohio Theater.