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Conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson and the 21st-Century Orchestra

color photograph of Jeri Lynne Johnson conducting the Black Chamber Orchestra at Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, July 2007
Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder of Philadelphia's Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, leads the orchestra in George Walker's "Lyric for Strings" on The American Sound, 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Tuesday on Classical 101.
5, 2015

Conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson never considered herself an entrepreneur. But as founder of Philadelphia’s Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, that’s exactly what she’s become. And she and her orchestra are getting noticed.

Conductor William Eddins 6pm Sat./7pm Tues. on The American Sound

color image of conductor William Eddins conducting the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
William Eddins is music director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
12, 2015

Imagine a “stuffy” conductor. That’s not William Eddins. This week The American Sound celebrates the work of conductor William Eddins, 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Tuesday on Classical 101.

The American Sound Celebrates African American Conductors

color photograph of William Eddins conducting the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
During February, The American Sound showcases performances by African American conductors, 6 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Tuesdays on Classical 101.
5, 2015

During Black History Month, The American Sound celebrates stirring performances led by African American conductors.

Boy Wonder, Michael Tilson Thomas, Turning 70

Michael Tilson Thomas
18, 2014

While there is something to be said for the fresh perspective and energy provided by a visiting conductor, there is also an argument to be made it is more important for an orchestra to have a long term goal beyond just playing concerts.

Famed Oboist Ray Still Has Died At 94

2, 2014

Oboist Ray Still passed away on March 12 at the age of 94 in Woodstock, Vermont surrounded by his family and listening to Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

Conductor Spotlight

Leopold Stokowski.
Leopold Stokowski was famous for his big style of conducting.
1, 2011

While some conductors get attention for controversial styles, others do for their solo performances (as in, without an orchestra). The fine line between innovation and attention-seeking in classical music.