Today marks the opening concert of the 2014-15 season of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra at 3 PM. Not just any ordinary season opener, this is an exciting milestone as LSO introduces its new music director Reuben Blundell.
The young and charming Australian, who travels by train from New York to rehearsals in Lansdown,e is committed to continuing the musical excellence the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra is known for.
The concert today features the wonderfully uplifting symphonic poem, The Moldau, by Bohemian composer Bedrich Smetana, the gorgeous Symphonic Dances by Edvard Grieg, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s proud and noble Ninth Symphony.
We asked Reuben a few questions so you can learn more about him. Take a minute to read his answers and then enjoy the performance later today!
What is your favorite travel destination?
It’s a toss-up between Hobart, Tasmania (a beautiful city nestled in a valley, with nice people and incredibly fresh air, and seafood fresh off the boat), and Disney World, where it’s nice to relax by the pool or see the sights – it’s also a hit with my daughter Elizabeth (aged 3).
What book(s) are presently on your night stand?
I’ve just finished “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin – and I have a stack of orchestral scores for pieces I’m interested in.
What rock music have you been listening to lately?
I’ve been listening (with my daughter, who picks the order) to Janelle Monaie, Laurie Anderson and Laurie Berkner, but I’ve also got some Brian Eno too.
What is your go-to “good mood” song or piece?
Tightrope by Janelle Monaie, and Variations for Orchestra by Steve Reich is another good mood piece!
What is your favorite possession?
My violin. I love being able to make music on my violin, which I’ve gotten to do a fair amount recently, though not (yet) in the Lansdowne area!
Describe the ideal way to spend two hours.
Best way to spend two hours? At a Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra concert, of course! I hope you’ll come on November 2 at 3pm, and again on December 7!
To learn more information about the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert and upcoming season visit www.lansdowneso.org.
Tickets are available at the box office an hour prior to today’s performance at 3 PM.