(photo: Sussie Ahlburg)
Coming from this chic-lette who spends her summers in the USA and the other-odd months in Europe, OC knows how insular the two worlds can be when it comes down to classical music, trapped between scary Atlantic Ocean sea monsters, long flights, and booked schedules -- and let's face it, a saucy heaping of bureaucracy and politics, bad taste arbiters and plain ignorance. Great directors, singers, conductors and orchestras remain elusive and vacuumed -- like how if we stand still in Italy, you'll never run into James Levine...although if you hang out in your American cave, you'll never have hte opportunity to hear Daniel Harding.
I mean, how many operas did Claudio Abbado ever conduct in New York?
Carlo Maria Giulini?
And Riccardo Muti will enjoy his Met debut next year at the ripe age of 68.
Which is why OC knew how cool it was for New Yorkers to catch Maestrino Robin Ticciati in his USA premiere, which happened over the weekend in the streamlined & elegant Alice Tully Hall. Never before has this kid (or his Rick James hair, by0tch!) touched-down on USA soil to play a public performance. Ticciati -- MD of Sweden's Gävle Symphony Orchestra and Glyndebourne on Tour, and soon-to-be Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra -- is part of that insanely sweet new wave of young conductors that has taken hostage of your podiums and smashed your batons to splinters (while simultaneously powering-up Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart on their iPhones).
But when OC reads concert reviews like this from NYC's most prestigious newspaper, she can see why a stunning crop of prodigies who aren't inside of NYC's radar just don't care about breaking in. Why bother when once-in-a-lifetime premieres are omitted from mention, and their performances are mere afterthoughts, relegated to the last paragraphs of critic write-ups? [Ed: Edited for wisdom, word is born: Peter Dobrin at The Philadelphia Inquirer gets it!]
No worries. OC was in attendance for Ticciati's Sunday afternoon's concert at Alice Tully Hall, so she can relay that the British conductor's USA premiere with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was a rousing success, and we can only hope that he and his Rick James curls make it back to the USA again post haste. And a big thanks to the Mostly Mozart Festival for hosting the young conductor's USA premiere.