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Boston welcomes Ben Zander’s big bounceback

In February, the popular teacher and conductor Benjamin Zander was fired in disgrace from New England Conservator.

In July, the NEC acknowledged his ‘significant contributions’ and gave him an honorary title – without taking him back, of course.

But Ben was not sitting around twiddling fingers. He was forming the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The 117-strong ensemble will give its first performance on November 25 at Symphony Hall, with Alisa Weilerstein as soloist. Geoff Edgers has written a good preview in the Globe.

Go, Ben!

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Comments

  1. was he fired in disgrace or disgracefully?

  2. Brian Hughes says:

    I, for one, am very happy to see Maestro Zander come out of this most difficult situation possibly on stronger footing than before. It is truly a win-win-win for all involved (in Boston’s highly competitive youth orchestra programs). Best of luck to him and all of the fine musicians under his baton.

  3. Nick Terrett says:

    I’m delighted and can’t wait for the concert on the 25th.

    But what is Zander conducting? Ein Heldenleben? Seems very appropriate.

  4. Therry Neilsen-Steinhardt says:

    You can’t keep a good man down. Let’s see if the audience is as swift to leap to their feet and give his every sneeze a standing ovation.

  5. Stephen Carpenter says:

    I’ve never had the privilege of experiencing Maestro Zander directly but even on media, he is a formidable teacher and musician. Why? He acknowledges where his students (including his audiences) are and openly let’s them know where he intends to take them. Simple enough it is not. At his core is this over-arching passion for music. He is uncompromising in sharing this passion and giving us all a glimpse of what makes us all most noble- a deire for the arts.
    It would be my goal in my life, if more of it lay ahead of me, to be in the chorus when he prepared and presented Mahler #2 for instance (or any other major choral work). Failing that, my hop would be to experience him as an audience member.
    The fact that he did not twiddle his thumbs but immediately set out on the next music/teaching adventure just underscores who and what hew is, and there are precious few like him for the rest of us to learn from.

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