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The stage is dark, but the conversation is just beginning. Welcome to Utah Symphony | Utah Opera's Ghost Light podcast, a behind the curtain look into the world of classical music and opera and the artists who make it. Hosted by Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson. Produced and edited by Robert Bedont.
 
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Co-hosts Carol Anderson and Jeff Counts sit down with John Holiday prior to his Utah Opera debut in his signature role in Jonathan Dove and April de Angelis’ Flight. Many, not familiar with the opera world will know John Holiday from season 19 of NBC’s The Voice. John is one of the most sought-after countertenors (a cis-male that sings in a mezzo-s…
 
In the Bonus Room, Madeline talks about Baroque performance practices and how she can use them in a modern-day orchestra. We end our conversation by talking about several of her impressive projects, the Haitian Orchestral Institute... and how she's rescued over 100 kittens!By Anthony Plog (host), Eddie Ludema (producer)
 
As the Head of Musical Theater at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Dan Bowling has worked with such musical luminaries as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, and Disney. He has several books to his credit and is sought after as a music supervisor, conductor and musical director. He has a vast and practical knowledge of musical theater and…
 
Co-hosts Carol Anderson and Jeff Counts discuss the comedy, energy, music, and emotion of a colorful cast living out an unexpected overnight delay. John Holiday from season 19 of NBC’s The Voice makes his Utah Opera debut in his signature role in the opera that has entertained audiences around the world and speaks to us of the realities of our shar…
 
Another aspect of being a concertmaster is the relationship with both a music director and guest conductors. Madeline talks about her beginnings as a student and her college experiences. She explains the "real struggle" of playing a pizzicato together, and we end by discussing the challenges of being a guest concertmaster.…
 
What is the role of a concertmaster? Who better to ask than Madeline Adkins? Madeline is concertmaster of the Utah Symphony and the Grand Teton Music Festival and has served as guest concertmaster with the Pittsburgh and Houston symphonies, among others. In addition, she has also appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia…
 
In the Bonus Room, Kevin talks about how social media has been a huge help for his career, and how posting a piece can sometimes immediately create a huge following. Kevin then talks about how he plans to give back in the future as a teacher.By Anthony Plog (host), Eddie Ludema (Producer)
 
Kevin and I continue our conversation by talking about several of his pieces and how they came to be written, and several other topics including why a speech impediment at a young age may have actually helped him as a composer. We end this part of our conversation with my asking him what he thinks the most difficult aspect of composing is.…
 
Composer Kevin Day is currently earning his doctorate at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. But even at this early stage in his development, he has over 200 works to his credit, and his music has been performed by such eminent groups as the Boston Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. He is a composer to watch in the…
 
We continue our conversation with Gail talking about her time with the Chicago Symphony, and what it was like to sit next to Adolph Herseth and in front of Arnold Jacobs. I ask her to name some of her favorite conductors and why, and we end this section with Gail describing some of her chamber music experiences and being a founding member of both t…
 
In the Bonus Room, Gail talks about how she tries to copy the way a singer would approach a phrase, and also how playing natural horn has influenced her interpretation of certain pieces. We end our conversation by talking about her concepts of teaching.By Anthony Plog (host), Eddie Ludema (producer)
 
Gail Williams has had a remarkable career as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, soloist and teacher. During the course of our conversation, we touch upon all of these creative aspects of her life and how her view of music and life is informed by these many experiences, both in music and in life. In Part 1 of our conversation, I ask Gail abou…
 
We begin Part 2 of our conversation with Rob Roy talking about how he transferred his company to Carl Fisher Publications. We then move on to how people and certain companies violate copyright laws, and finally Rob Roy tells how the best selling book on flexibility by Bai Lin came to be published.By Anthony Plog (host), Eddie Ludema (Producer)
 
What does Mr. Rogers, the flute, music education, passing out on stage, and the Utah Symphony have in common? Guest soloist DeMarre McGill.While a guest soloist with the Utah Symphony in May 2021, Seattle Symphony principal flutist DeMarre McGill joined co-hosts Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson.They discuss the state of the classical music world, wha…
 
Rob Roy was playing trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra when he founded Balquhidder Music, a music publishing firm that has brought out a number of very popular pieces and studies in the brass music genre. In Part 1 of our conversation, Rob Roy talks about how and why he started Balquhidder Music and, since he wasn’t an entrepreneur…
 
Simply put, Kim Carballo is a musician who uses her art to do good in the world, as an entrepreneur, performer, and teacher. She is the founder of Reimagining Opera for Kids (or ROK), a member of the Amity Trio, a teacher at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and is also involved in an exchange program in Kenya and the Dominican Repu…
 
Trumpeter David Collins and violinist Sarah Sew (pronounced See You) are a married couple who have done amazing work, both as players, teachers, and also entrepreneurs. The story of how and why they started the Dublin Brass Week with no previous experience is a story that is both inspiring and also informative. In Part 1 of our conversation, we tal…
 
Allen Vizzutti is known worldwide as a phenomenal trumpet player and soloist. But he is equally at home as a teacher and composer, and over the course of our conversation we talk about all of these creative areas of his life. I’ve known Allen for a great many years and have always been impressed not only with his playing, but also with his humility…
 
In Part 2, Marcus and I continue our discussion about writing, and eventually we come to the concept of inspiration vs. simply doing the work (spoiler alert: it turns out we are both on the same page). Marcus also discusses how finances work these days for a song writer (which is a business model totally new to me).…
 
In the Bonus Room, Tony asks Marcus to talk about his youth, about the many places he has lived around the world, his beginnings as a singer and songwriter, and how he might just be the only country music song writer to both major in Islamic Studies in college and also be a sports jock.By Anthony Plog (host), Eddie Ludema (producer)
 
Marcus Hummon is a songwriter, composer, singer, playwright, and author. As a songwriter he has had a number of #1 songs in the country music genre and a Grammy Award to his credit. He has also written for film and has also written six musicals, 2 operas, and several books.By Anthony Plog (host), Eddie Ludema (Producer)
 
In the Bonus Room, David speaks of his beginnings as a tuba player, studying in England (and living on two meals a day with his wife) and studying with Arnold Jacobs (and his almost... almost... meeting Frits Reiner). He also talks about mentoring and the idea that every student should consider having their very own Board of Directors.…
 
In Part 2, David speaks on the subject of raising money for a music department and how to cultivate a donor. He also speaks of the importance of role models. And finally we discuss classical music in the world today and how to interest young people in coming to concerts.By Anthony Plog (host), Eddie Ludema (Producer)
 
David Kuehn has had a varied and rich career in music. He began his career as a tubist and teacher and then moved into administrative duties. Beginning as Assistant to the Dean/Assistant Dean at the University of North Texas, he then became Chairman of the Department of Music at California State University-Long Beach (CSULB), followed by the positi…
 
In Part 2, Mark and I discuss differing views of interpretation, specifically with the Hindemith Sonata for Trumpet and Piano. The question is always this: How faithful should the performer be to the exact text of the music? Mark, of course, has some very definite ideas! We also talk about his time with the Metropolitan Opera, and end this part of …
 
Mark Gould is one of the most interesting, controversial, and hilarious musicians on the classical (and jazz) musical scene today. His new book, Gould on Music, is a fascinating look into many aspects of music, especially teaching. So it was interesting to hear Mark’s thoughts on so many different aspects of music and the music business. In Part 1 …
 
In the Bonus Room, I ask Justin about how a student might get started playing Baroque music on the natural trumpet. We talk about social media and how it has helped his career, and at the end of our conversation I ask him where he sees himself in ten years.By Anthony Plog (host), Eddie Ludema (Producer)
 
In Part 2 of our conversation, I ask Justin about the different instruments he plays, the effect tonal keys can have on the nature of the music and why composers choose certain keys. And at the end of Part 2 we get into the weeds when talking about interpretive possibilities of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto.…
 
Justin Bland is a wonderful trumpet player currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Specializing in Baroque music on the natural trumpet, Justin is far more than just a specialist. In addition to the natural trumpet, he also plays the modern trumpet, the recorder, the keyed trumpet, and is even a counter-tenor. Oh, and he has also tuned harpsichord…
 
Jan Swafford is known as both a composer and biographer. His compositions have been performed by orchestras such as the St. Louis Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Dutch Radio Orchestra. His biographies of Ives, Brahms, Beethoven, and Mozart have received rave reviews, and so it was a total joy to have this conversation with Jan about al…
 
I've always been impressed with the way Håkan has been able to achieve a great balance in his life, so we talk about what's important to him as both an artist and also as a husband and father. We end with Håkan talking about how he spends his time during the day of a performance.By Anthony Plog (host), Eddie Ludema (Producer)
 
In Part 2, we discuss Håkan’s most recent project, the recording of the 36 Études Transcendantes of Théo Charlier, which leads to a discussion of interpretation. At the end of Part 2, Håkan talks about his friendship with Andris Nelsons, the Music Director of the Boston Symphony, and how Håkan got him interested in playing the trumpet again.…
 
Håkan Hardenberger has not only had an illustrious career as a trumpet soloist, he's also re-defined the role of the trumpet as an important solo instrument. Throughout his career, he's been responsible for the commissioning of major contemporary composers, which has had a profound effect on not only our generation, but future generations as well. …
 
Just prior to the recording of the upcoming USUO: On Demand performance with the Utah Symphony, guitarist Pablo Sainz-Villegas joined the Ghost Light Podcast.In Pablo’s mind the guitar is an instrument that transcends borders. It’s “an expression of diversity.” From the Troubadour tradition to flamenco, blues, jazz, and bluegrass, and so many other…
 
In the Bonus Room, I had to (of course) ask Roger about eating and some of his favorite cuisine! Roger has also been around some of the greatest performers of our time, including when he realized that Pavarotti stole his warm up (sort of). We end with a story of a concert he and I did at a beautiful castle in the mountains in Italy, and how someone…
 
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