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Continued: Withering Glance: A classical education

  • Article by: RICK NELSON and CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 16, 2013 - 2:21 PM

CP: I hope he at least got an A on it at the Paris Conservatory, where he would have been, what, a junior?


RN: Meanwhile, I’m trying to picture Claude Peck Sr. dragging you to the mighty Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Yes?


CP: No. I was all about George Harrison, not Sir Georg Solti. I may have been dragged to one CSO show, kicking and screaming. I imagine you have fond memories of the Minnesota Orchestra under Antal Dorati, however.


RN: Please, Skrowaczewski. Possibly Marriner. My first exposure to Orchestra Hall was at a “rug concert.” The hall’s main floor was covered in a platform, and the audience sat on the floor. I think I reclined on a beanbag. I probably thought it was the coolest thing, ever. God love the 1970s.


CP: I picture everyone looking like Robert Evans and Ali MacGraw. Did they have hookahs?


RN: No, dear. That was Sommerfest.



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