In the Key of ‘D’anzmayr: Variety is the Spice of (Musical) Life

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Music Director David Danzmayr(Photo: Rick Buchanan Photography)
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Music Director David Danzmayr(Photo: Rick Buchanan Photography)

When I tell people what I do for a living, there are often a few assumptions made. One is that classical music is the only music to which I listen. (False) One is that all classical music is old. (Also false) A third is that, if your kids listen to fill-in-the-blank music, they’re doomed live a life never knowing what “good” music is. (False, again)

Rarely do I meet a musician who listens exclusively to whatever type of music it is that they play.

For that matter, I can’t recall meeting too many who play only one style of music. All you need to do is listen to musicians such as Time for Three or Yo Yo Ma to see examples of that.

I have found that the more I know about and listen to composers such as Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky, the more I appreciate well-crafted and well-performed music from other styles, cultures, and eras.

In today’s conversation with David Danzmayr, he speaks about the music he heard growing up, the music he conducts now, and his vision for music to come.

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