What musician doesn’t dream of rising to fame by filling in at the very last moment for a featured soloist to rave reviews? After all, it worked for Toscanini and that lighting has to strike again at some point in time, right? It just so happens that it struck again in New Orleans via the Louisiana Philharmonic’s principal clarinet, Christopher Pell.
The 7/25/2013 edition of nola.com published an article by Chris Waddington with all the details but in a nutshell, Pell filled in as soloist for Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with only a few minutes’ notice and not only rose to the occasion, but by all accounts knocked it out of the park.
As a result, the orchestra’s music director, Carlos Miguel Prieto, decided to personally sponsor a wildcat matching gift campaign through March 31, 2013 (details and donate).
In a season with so much dark news, it’s genuinely wonderful when the occasional ray of sunshine breaks through!