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Watch: An Interview with Conductor JoAnn Falletta

color photo of conductor JoAnn Falletta conducting
Fred Stucker
JoAnn Falletta is guest conducting the Columbus Symphony this weekend in the Ohio Theatre.

This week, I had the pleasure of talking with JoAnn Falletta. Music director of both the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony orchestras, Maestra Falletta is in Columbus to conduct the Columbus Symphony, 8 p.m. Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 in the Ohio Theatre.

On the program is Johannes Brahms' First Symphony, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 with Alexi Kenney and two pieces by Lili Boulanger: D'un soir triste and D'un matin de printemps.

I first encountered Maestra Falletta about 10 years ago. Her conducting is extraordinary. She has the gift of bringing out new colors in music you thought you knew.

Here's our conversation, presented live on our Facebook page, from Classical 101's Music Library. We talk about her program in Columbus, music, career paths and Boulanger. Music has no finer advocate than Falletta:

My thanks to WOSU's Emily Thompson, Nick Houser, Eric French and Ray Bruster for making this interview possible. And special thanks to JoAnn Falletta!

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.
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