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Blanche Honegger Moyse, American conductor died she was , 101.

Blanche Honegger Moyse  was a conductor living in Brattleboro, Vermont died she was , 101.. She was particularly admired for her devotion to the choral works of Johann Sebastian Bach and her ability to draw deeply moving performances from both amateur and professional musicians. Soprano Arleen Auger has said of her, “I’ve sung Bach all over the world, often with people who are considered the best, and in my opinion no one is performing Bach any better than Blanche Moyse is doing it in Brattleboro.”[1] She had been pointed out by the writer Benjamin Ivry as perhaps having been “classical music’s best kept secret.”[2] Wall Street Journal critic Greg Sandow said of her performance of Bach’s St. John Passion at the age of 89: “Sometimes you hear a concert that sticks with you. For months you think about it, keeping it alive in your mind, unable to banish it merely to memory.”[3]

(September 23, 1909 – February 10, 2011)

Moyse was born in Geneva, Switzerland, where she began the study of violin at the age of eight. She went on to study with Adolf Busch, and made her debut at the age of 16, when she played the Beethoven violin concerto with l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. She married the pianist and flutist Louis Moyse and, with Moyse’s father, flutist Marcel Moyse, formed the award-winning Moyse Trio.
In 1949, the Moyses moved to Marlboro, Vermont at the invitation of Busch and Rudolf Serkin, and helped found the Marlboro Music Festival. Moyse also chaired the music department at Marlboro College for the next 25 years, and founded the Brattleboro Music Center in 1952. Her violin career ended in 1966 with an injury to her bow arm, but she went on to become a much admired conductor of the choral works of Bach. She made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 78, conducting the Blanche Moyse Chorale and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a production of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and she continued to conduct Bach’s major choral works—the Mass in B Minor, the St Matthew Passion and the St John Passion—at annual concerts of the New England Bach Festival well into her 90’s. In 2000 Blanche Moyse was awarded the Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award by Choral Arts New England in recognition of her exceptional contributions to choruses and the appreciation of choral music in New England.
Moyse died at her home in Brattleboro, Vermont, on February 10, 2011 at the age of 101.[4]

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David Stahl, American conductor, died from ymphoma he was , 60

 David Stahl was an American conductor who studied under Leonard Bernstein and was famous for his interpretation of the work of Mahler  died from ymphoma he was , 60.[1] He was the Chefdirigent of the Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz, Munich, Germany, and the conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He died on October 24, 2010 after battling lymphoma for two months. [2] His wife, Karen, passed away in September 2010.

(1950 –  October 24, 2010)


Early life and family background

Stahl was born in New York City, the son of Jewish emigre parents. David Stahl’s father, Frank L. Stahl, is an engineer who took part in the restoration of the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1980s. He was born in Fuerth, Germany and attended the same elementary school as Henry Kissinger. Edith Stahl, David Stahl’s mother, immigrated to New York in 1938 from Essen, Germany. David Stahl’s grandfather, Dr. Leo Stahl (m. Anna Regensburger), was the Jewish Community Leader of Fuerth during the Nazi time. He was interned in Dachau from 11 November to 7 December, 1938, and emigrated to England in 1939. Arriving in New York in 1947, he was, according to Das Schicksal der jüdischen Rechtsanwälte in Bayern nach 1933, by Reinhard Weber, unsuccessful in business and died there in 1952, aged 67. Frank’s sister Liselotte, after a time in Manchester, England, also came to New York, where she died in 2007.

Professional career

After making his Carnegie Hall debut at age 23, Stahl came under the tutelage of Leonard Bernstein, eventually taking over as music director of the Broadway production of West Side Story. In 1984, he became permanent conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and in 1996 he was invited to be guest conductor at the Staatsteater am Gaertnerplatz. He assumed the title of music director there as of the 1999/2000 season.
As an enthusiast of Bernstein, he has been behind several revivals of Candide, including conducting an acclaimed 2003 German language production narrated by Loriot[3] and, recently, a 2008 production in Charleston, SC.[4] He has also been involved in the staging of a notable production of the Gershwin brothers’ Porgy and Bess in Charleston, SC (the city where the opera is set) which went on to tour internationally in the early 1990s.[5] In 2009 he will celebrate 25 years at CSO and 10 years at the Gärtnerplatz. He is married and has three children.

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Charles Ansbacher, American conductor died he was , 67

Charles Ansbacher  was an American conductor died he was , 67. After undergraduate and graduate work at Brown University (’65) and the University of Cincinnati (M.M. 1968, D.M.A. 1979), he studied conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Ansbacher was the conductor and musical director of the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra from 1970-1989,[1][2] and, in 2000, founded the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, which gives free classical music concerts at various locations in the Boston area.[3][4] On September 1, 2010, he was named Conductor Laureate of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

(October 5, 1942 – September 12, 2010)


http://www.youtube.com/v/9B0s_td-TJU?fs=1&hl=en_USCharles Ansbacher was born on October 5, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island to renowned Adlerian psychologists Heinz Ansbacher and Rowena Ripin Ansbacher. Ansbacher took up cello as a boy and began by conducting a Mahler piece with his high school orchestra in Burlington, Vermont. His parents encouraged his study by sending him to Greenwood Music Camp and Tanglewood.
He majored in physics at Brown University but switched to music after creating a successful chamber orchestra with his classmates. He earned his master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Cincinnati in 1968, followed by his D.M.A. in 1979.
Ansbacher held titled positions with orchestras in Boston, Moscow, Bishkek, and Sarajevo. Among his acclaimed performances were an all-Brahms program at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and the same work in Belgrade with American and Russian soloists. In 2008, he was the first American conductor to appear with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra. The performance was received so well that he was invited to return to the podium in 2009. He also conducted the first-ever symphony orchestra concert in Boston’s historic Fenway Park, and in Hanoi as the first American ever to lead the Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra. His primary relationship was with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, which he created in 2000 as a gift to his home community. He led the orchestra at Boston’s historic Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, and at other locations throughout Boston during the summer.
In the mid-nineties, while residing in Vienna, Ansbacher led multiple performances of renowned Austrian ensembles, including the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Innsbruck Philharmonic. He also conducted the Sarajevo Philharmonic in performances throughout Austria, including at the famed Salzburg Grosse Festspielhaus, and Vienna’s City Hall. He conducted major orchestras in Canada, Colombia, Israel, Ecuador, Italy, Lithuania, South Africa, South Korea, Vietnam, and of course the United States; however, his main thrust as an orchestra leader had been to perform in nations undergoing political transition, such as Azerbaijian, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Ansbacher organized cross-cultural exchanges, such as bringing the Sarajevo Philharmonic to Italy and Austria; leading members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in their famed Symphony Hall featuring Croatian pianist, Ivo Pogorelich, to celebrate the opening of the Croatian consulate; conducting the world premiere of the Mandela Portrait in Johannesburg, South Africa, then bringing the piece to the United States in 2004; and conducting the Jerusalem Symphony with a Palestinian soloist, Saleem Abboud-Ashkar in December 2005. Honoring his efforts to bridge international communities, President Bill Clinton once called Ansbacher “the unofficial ambassador of America’s music.”
Building upon multiple concerts with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in that city’s Tchaikovsky Hall, as well as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Ansbacher conducted the MSO on nine CD’s. The Landmarks Orchestra annually incubates a new work for children, and six of these are available on MSO CD’s: Make Way for Ducklings, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The Journey of Phillis Wheatley, Lifting the Curse: The Story of the Red Sox, David and Old Ironsides, and John Adams: the Voice Heard ‘Round the World. For adults, Ansbacher led the MSO recording Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphony No. 4, as well as Landmarks Overtures, Dolce, and his most recent release, the double-CD Heroic Beethoven.
As a young man, Charles Ansbacher devoted almost twenty years to building the Colorado Springs Symphony, which named him Conductor Laureate when he stepped down in 1989. He was known throughout the Rocky Mountain region not only for his regular concert season, but also the music he brought to hundreds of thousands of diverse families through often-televised, innovative outdoor concerts, and the Christmas Pops on Ice that featured Olympic figure skating stars.
Beyond music, Charles Ansbacher applied art to public policy-making when, as a White House Fellow, he was co-chair of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Task Force on the Use of Design, Art, and Architecture in Transportation. His interest in design and architecture led to his appointment by Mayor Federico Pena to the Blue Ribbon Committee for the design of the new Denver International Airport. He stayed in the policy realm as Chair of the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by Governor Roy Romer. Soon after moving to Massachusetts, he accepted a one-year appointment as a Visiting Scholar in the Harvard Music Department (1998-1999). As he had throughout his career, Ansbacher served on the board of numerous community-focused, non-profit organizations. He and his wife, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, have three children, among them Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker Henry Ansbacher, Lillian Shuff, Teddy Ansbacher-Hunt, and three grandchildren.
He died on September 12, 2010 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Honors and awards

In 2009, Ansbacher was honored by the City of Cambridge, MA, and the U. S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon for his civic and artistic contributions in the United States and around the world. In February 2010, the National Theater of Sarajevo unveiled a plaque to thank him for his artistic leadership in the city, which began immediately after the siege in 1994 and continues today. In March 2010, the Mayor of Denver and the Governor of Colorado dedicated Charles Ansbacher Hall: the Art of Colorado at Denver International Airport, as a tribute to his leadership on the New World Airport Commission. In addition, Governor Bill Ritter declared March 15, 2010, to be “Charles Ansbacher Day” in the State of Colorado. On July 7, 2010, as Ansbacher led the Boston Landmarks Orchestra in Fenway Park’s first full-length orchestral concert, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick presented him with a plaque that reads:

Maestro Charles Ansbacher
visionary founder
Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Free for All Concert Fund
ensuring classical music for all
The plaque will be mounted on a bench on the Esplanade.

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