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ORCHESTRATING A MOVEMENT: Philharmonic reaches out to its community to bond with young audiences–Newsday

ORCHESTRATING A MOVEMENT: Philharmonic reaches out to its community to bond with young audiences–Newsday

The Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra’s performances of “The Nutcracker” this weekend with a Bethpage ballet company are the latest efforts by the 34-year-old orchestra to strengthen its community focus and expand its audience. The orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic at Tilles Center in Brookville will be the first time in […]

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BWW/CLASSICALWORLD INTERVIEW: Artistic Director Maurice Curry and Music Director David Bernard on The Eglevsky Ballet’s production of THE NUTCRACKER

BWW/CLASSICALWORLD INTERVIEW: Artistic Director Maurice Curry and Music Director David Bernard on The Eglevsky Ballet’s production of THE NUTCRACKER

December is the month of Nutcrackers, and a holiday tradition for many Long Islanders is to see the Eglevsky Ballet perform their prestigious production at the Tilles Center for the Arts in Brookville, Long Island. Eglevsky’s production, the largest and only professional production on Long Island, not only features guest […]

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Orchestra Embeds its Audience with its Players–Musical America Worldwide

Orchestra Embeds its Audience with its Players–Musical America Worldwide

When David Bernard, who leads New York’s Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, recently took the podium, he confronted an orchestra space filled with almost 300 people, only a fraction of whom were musicians. InsideOut, Bernard’s effort to rejuvenate concert-going for classical music lovers, embeds audience members on stage among the musicians. […]

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When a Child Disrupts Your Concert

When a Child Disrupts Your Concert

    David Bernard was conducting a Brooklyn Symphony concert this weekend when a little boy started talking between two pieces, Firebird and Scheherezade, and would not stop. Audience members told the mother to take him out. The conductor invited the mother and boy to sit in the front row. He […]

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InsideOut helps Long Island kids begin musical studies on early note

InsideOut helps Long Island kids begin musical studies on early note

The musicians tuned their instruments, the conductor steadied his baton, and the strains of classical music began, but there was one unfamiliar sight: children embedded in the orchestra Sunday at a special performance in Massapequa. More than 70 third graders in the Massapequa School District were immersed in the classical […]

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“Music is Healing” — Veterans, Beethoven’s Ninth, and PTSD

“Music is Healing” — Veterans, Beethoven’s Ninth, and PTSD

On a November Saturday afternoon at Carnegie Hall, conductor David Bernard was putting the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony through its paces, rehearsing the first movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. That evening’s concert – featuring the PACS, three choruses and a quartet of soloists – was billed as “Honoring Our Veterans,” […]

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STEREOPHILE REVIEW

STEREOPHILE REVIEW

I was particularly taken with a recent and surprisingly effective recording of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, with David Bernard conducting the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (CD, Recursive Classics RC2057001; download from ClassicsOnline.com). The PACS bulked up to 100 players to record this in a relatively small space at the […]

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