Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Appreciating Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about the under-appreciated composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk, an American composer and pianist. He was born to a Jewish businessman from London and a Creole mother in New Orleans, where he was exposed to a variety of musical traditions.
Highlights From This Interview:
Boyce: “One of the first big music stars in terms of performance was Gottschalk, really calling upon the (Caribbean) islands music.”
Albert-George: “And you realize that his stuff was written in 1836, and here we are doing it still, thinking ‘Oh, my. This stuff really cooks.’ They already rocked in 1836; we just didn’t know about it.”
Boyce: “And a lot of people don’t take him as seriously as they should. He really was a musical voice for America.”
Albert-George: ” I agree. He was not primarily a symphonist. (Aaron) Copeland was not really a symphonist, either. It’s in the same level: (their music) was really American, I think.”