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The Renowned Conductor and Public Speaker Benjamin Zander Holds the Baton for Mahler's 2nd Symphony

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Aired on Thursday, March 10th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Benjamin Zander, the noted conductor, music educator, public speaker, and author of "The Art of Possibility." Maestro Zander is here in town to give a sold-out address to the Tulsa Town Hall tomorrow morning, Friday the 11th, and also to conduct the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night (the 12th; beginning at 7:30pm) in a performance of Mahler's magnificent Resurrection Symphony (a/k/a Symphony No. 2). Joining the TSO for this special evening at the Tulsa PAC will be the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus as well as virtuoso soloists from throughout our city's music community. And as Zander explains on our show today, he's planning to begin the concert with a detailed yet informal lecture on Mahler's life and work, and on this masterpiece in particular, that he likes to think of as "an invitation for the audience to go beneath the score." For more on this concert, including ticket details, please visit the TSO website.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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