June 18, 2003 |
The official name, "Musical Days in Forest Hill: An Exploration of Viennese Artistry," is lofty, and musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic are participating. But conductor Kent Nagano jokes that the new festival he and his wife, the pianist Mari Kodama, began Sunday in their San Francisco neighborhood is really an "unfestival" festival. And there is little official about the four nights of chamber music in the local clubhouse, which has a legal capacity of 80.
April 12, 2009
Some glimpses of the conductor from his friends and colleagues who were asked to share a key memory. The reminiscences were mostly written, at the invitation of The Times. Several were shared in interviews with music critic Mark Swed and staff writer Mike Boehm. MARK KASHPER Philharmonic violinist One of Esa-Pekka's favorite Finnish jokes goes like this: Q. What's the difference between Finnish introvert and extrovert? A.