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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Beethoven's Vienna & conducting in Admont Austria

This summer I had the opportunity to work with conductors Achim Holub and Toby Purser in Austria at the International Summer Academy Admont. The main repertoire was Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Beethoven's Eroica, thus I took the opportunity to visit Beethoven's home in Heiligenstadt and the Eroicahaus in Vienna.

I was fortunate to visit these locations in Vienna during the most beautiful weather. I especially enjoyed the quiet walk along the Eroicagasse in Heiligenstadt which leads off into the woods, streams, and fields where Beethoven must have often collected his thoughts.

Viewing the first page of the Eroica manuscript, with Napoleon's name scratched out and ripped through to the opening chords was a perfect inspiration. In Admont, I was also a finalist in the conducting competition and conducted Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Grazer Kammerphilharmonie.